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Subject: Re: BlackBishop@CCT6

Author: Andreas Herrmann

Date: 09:07:11 02/02/04

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On February 02, 2004 at 11:27:47, Josť Carlos wrote:

>>Round 9:
>>The last game was against Averno. As far as i know, Josť Carlos has rewritten
>>his engine from the scratch in the last year. So i didn't know how strong his
>>engine is now.
>>In the middle of the game, BB has reached a position with some well positioned
>>pieces, like the white bishop. It seems this was enough for the final win over
>>Averno.
>
>  Hi Andreas, congratulations on a good tournament.
>  I haven't rewriten Averno, but I've written a totally new engine (I call it
>Anubis) which it 90% different from Averno (different data structures, different
>search, different eval...). I wanted to play with it but I didn't have time to
>code book, pondering a perform a global debugging, so I used the better tested
>Averno. It turned that while writting Anubis a lot of ideas came to my mind and
>I made the well known mistake of trying them in Averno. 3 days before CCT6 I had
>more than 20 versions and no idea which of them was better. I picked the one my
>intuition told me and it seems it didn't play well when forced to defend against
>opponent initiative (I lost all the 5 games with black). In my tests, latests
>versions were doing fine, I even had beaten Ruffian twice the night before CCT
>so I was hopeful. It was shown, as always happens, that private testing always
>make the engine look stronger than what real life proves.
>
>  Josť C.

Hi Josť,

thanks for your wishes and for the clarification about your engine. I have at
the moment also a lot versions, whith a lot of different changes, which i havn't
tested enough. So for the CCT6 i have taken the last well tested version.
My CCT6 version doesn't use my new attack table structure and a lot other things
i have started to implement in the last weeks. There is a lot to do in the next
time to got all this new stuff working around. But at the end, i hope again for
a good jump forward. Perhaps, if all is working well in a few weeks, i will
release a new free version.
Looking forward to see also a new release of Averno or Anubis in the near
future.

Andreas




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