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Subject: Re: The best of the best......

Author: Robert Hyatt

Date: 09:36:42 02/03/04

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On February 03, 2004 at 07:39:27, Roberto Nerici wrote:

>On February 02, 2004 at 09:55:15, Robert Hyatt wrote:
>>On February 02, 2004 at 05:20:01, Chris Taylor wrote:
>>>Very well done.  It must make all the work you do seem worth while?
>>No, that totally misses the point.  I started this stuff in 1968 because I
>>enjoyed chess and thought that a computer playing chess would be neat.  I have
>>enjoyed it ever since, win lose or draw.  So long as I enjoy it, I plan to
>>continue doing it.  It hasn't been about winning in at least 15 years.  It is
>>simply a great deal of fun for me...
>Excellent sentiments. You can't go wrong as long as you're doing what you really
>want to.
>Regarding "hasn't been about winning in at least 15 years": is that a reference
>to the Cray Blitz times? Presumably you were enjoying it then too (especially
>the winning!) but perhaps having a sponsor did put some pressure on the pursuit?

Not exactly.  IE Cray never said "win or find another machine."  But there are
definitely pressures.  IE if you show up with the most expensive box at the
event, and don't win, you can look ridiculous to many.  But as I got older, that
became less of an issue.  My office is absolutely crammed with trophies from ACM
and WCCC events.  In that regard, I've made my "peace" with competing.  Now I
just enter to have fun.  Yes I want to win, but I would still compete whether I
thought I was a shoe-in to win or not.

IE I really don't have anything left to prove.  Other than anyone that counts
the "old guys" out had better look over their shoulder pretty frequently.  We
can still "go". :)

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