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Subject: Re: Chess program authors -- for Reinhard (GER)

Author: Peter Berger

Date: 19:12:35 01/09/04

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On January 09, 2004 at 19:17:55, Reinhard Scharnagl wrote:

>Meine Smirf Beta war ja offenbar nicht ganz fehlerfrei, und mit deinem Mattlöser
>konnte sie natürlich auch nicht so recht mithalten. Zudem hat sie offenbar außer
>in dir nur wenig Interessenten gefunden.

Please let me answer in English, trying to adress a rather popular
misunderstanding (not directly answering you of course!).

Chest is surely the most popular freeware matesolver availlable.

Its author is Heiner Marxen (homepage http://www.drb.insel.de/~heiner/) , who is
a a great, *incredibly* clever guy, and surely one of the nicest persons I ever
met personally since I started to develop any interest in the world of
chessprograms. Though it is impossible for a layman to follow him when he gets
serious explaining his stuff , it is also impossible to not be deeply impressed
by his dedication, his intelligence, his passion and his ideas.

For maths people his work on the Busy Beaver machines might be more well-known
btw:  http://www.drb.insel.de/~heiner/BB/index.html.

Franz Huber made Chest availlable for us mainstream users by writing an UCI
interface for it, and this was a great job done by him.

But to the best of my knowledge ChestUCI still remains strictly an interface for
Heiner Marxen's great matesolver, and the matesolving algorithms were all
developped (or implemented) by him and his former teammates.

>Aber noch fehlt mir etwas das Durchhaltevermögen. So trainere ich eben ein wenig
>meinen Kopf mit Forumsbeiträgen. Leider stoßen diese aber auf nur geringe
>Gegenliebe, aber das kenne ich ja schon.
>

Gute Besserung!
Peter



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