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Subject: Re: Chess program authors -- for Peter (ENG again)

Author: F. Huber

Date: 13:47:23 01/10/04

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On January 10, 2004 at 16:01:32, Heiner Marxen wrote:

>On January 10, 2004 at 02:31:01, F. Huber wrote:
>>On January 09, 2004 at 22:12:35, Peter Berger wrote:
>Hello Peter, Hello Franz!
>>>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 , 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.
>Wow!  Thanks for all the beatiful flowers, Peter!
>>>For maths people his work on the Busy Beaver machines might be more well-known
>>>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.
>>Hello Peter,
>>I donīt think that thereīs any īrather popular misunderstandingī between Chest
>>and ChestUCI at all - and if, then itīs absolutely not my fault!
>>Iīve never let any doubt about it, _who_ is the author of this fantastic
>>matesolver, and everybody who takes a short look at my program description
>>can read this more than only once.
>>Yes, the mate solving algorithms are of course from Heiner Marxen, and they
>>are indeed so sophisticated, that I wouldnīt know at all how to add something
>>or improve them in any way.
>>But itīs also true, that I had to do a _lot_ of changes directly in the
>>original Chest source modules too, to make Chest as comfortable and
>>informative as it is now in conjunction with the interface ChestUCI -
>>e.g. output in coordinate format, sorting and rearranging of the solutions
>>(for automatically going through all main lines), showing all those search
>>informations (originally not implemented in Chest at all), finding only the
>>first solution (if wanted), etc. ... (to mention only a few changes!).
>I can confirm that!  ;-)
>>So it was really not as simple as many people may think: only transferring
>>the mate problem to Chest and then displaying Chests output wouldnīt have
>>taken me some hundred hours of programming within the last 1 1/2 years!
>>And it would also be interesting, how many percent of the people using
>>ChestUCI would still use the original Chest in its command line version,
>>if this interface wouldnīt exist - my guess is īnot more than 5%ī.
>That may quite well be true.  I'm very grateful for the great job you
>have done with ChestUCI!  Many thanks!

Hello Heiner,

nice to see that youīre back again for the first time in this new year -
I hope you are well!

Yes, the īrelationī between Chest and ChestUCI seems to be a problem
for some people to understand, although itīs really simple:

You(Chest) are the _head_, and I(ChestUCI) am the _legs_. ;-)

So we really build a perfect symbiosis (I hope, this is English?).

And now the _legs_ have to go away again, :)
my best regards,

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