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Subject: Re: Zappa Retail: No UCI?

Author: Peter Skinner

Date: 15:58:55 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
>>GUI?
>
>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.  Vincent especially
>thinks that such trickery will only increase in future versions.
>
>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.

I would LOVE to see a WB2 version released. UCI is just junk and to many
interfaces do to many weird things within that protocal.

Chessbase is notorious for setting the hash size to 1M and I only expect things
to get worse within that GUI.

Personally I am not purchasing Fritz 9. I don't see how the new approach will
offer me anything.

I will be purchasing Hiarcs 10 only for the fact it may come with a UCI version
that I can run with Polygot in Winboard.

Fritz and Junior will not be coming out with UCI versions so I am highly
doubting my purchase of those engines in the future. Why pay $60 CDN or more for
an interface I already have and a somewhat stronger engine? Sorry.. not from me
anymore.

I will be purchasing Zappa 2.0 for the engine AND the interface. Hopefully there
is something new and innovative that will spark some effort from all the other
interface programmers out there.

Peter



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