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Subject: Re: Zappa Retail: No UCI?

Author: Andreas Schwartmann

Date: 10:14:19 09/04/05

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On September 04, 2005 at 12:58:38, A. Cozzie wrote:

>>Is the rumour true, that Zappa 2.0 retail will NOT be sold as UCI engine and
>>therefore NOT be used under Fritz, Shredder and Arena but only under its own
>It is still under debate.  Basically we don't trust certain interfaces that set
>your hash to 1MB and do other evil things of that nature.

I have never experienced this kind of trickery with no kind of UCI engines.

Vincent especially
>thinks that such trickery will only increase in future versions.

This opinion seems understandable, because Vincent wants to make money with his
GUI in the first place.

>His solution is to not support UCI.  My solution is to not care.  A possible
>compromise solution may be to release with WB2 support only.

This will complicate things more than necessary. Why is it that everybody always
wants to create a new standard? Look what happenend to Chess Tiger 2004: It
can't be run under Fritz or under Shredder, so nobody is running it and you hear
practically nothing about it.

Zappa w/o UCI support will mean no engine tourneys, probably no SSDF testing, no
discussions in the message boards.

>>If so: Who shall buy it then?
>Realistically speaking the number of people that would use the engine in fritz
>is very small.

I don't think that at all. :-)

>Also, the new gui really is rather nice.

Maybe, but so are others. If you want to compete and sell your engine, you
should make it interesting for as much people as possible otherwise the market
will ignore it soon.


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