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

Author: Rolf Tueschen

Date: 09:45:14 02/03/04

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On February 03, 2004 at 12:36:42, Robert Hyatt wrote:

>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". :)

Ay ay ay.

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