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Subject: Re: Rybka 1.0 Announcement

Author: Wang Kesi

Date: 05:01:59 12/05/05

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On December 05, 2005 at 04:44:36, Vasik Rajlich wrote:

>Well, I am shocked by the speed of the computer chess community. There are now
>200 requests for Beta versions of Rybka in my mailbox. Many of you made
>interesting comments and asked all sorts of questions, but at the moment I am
>really short of time and can't give personal responses to everyone. Some of
>these questions are answered here.
>The first piece of good news is that Rybka Beta 1.0 will be available for free
>download until midnight tonight (Dec 5) on Leo's website. Obviously this targets
>the more hardcore members of the computer chess community - there are so many
>here who give their time and share their ideas that I would be embarassed to do
>anything else.
>However, I am now working on this project full time, and much as I would like to
>just concentrate on the technical aspect, the truth is that there is now a
>business to run. The first commercial release will be as plain as can be - Rybka
>1.0 standalone UCI engine, no GUI, no book, no copy protection, no engine
>capability not currently specified in the UCI protocol. The price will be 34
>Euro. The original target date was Dec 16, but thanks to the incredible speed of
>the CEGT team this has been moved up to ASAP :) Additional announcements are
>While I hope that there are some sales of Rybka 1.0, the main goal here is to
>prepare for a summer 2006 release. If things go as I envision, we'll offer an
>engine-GUI combo which brings Rybka's chess knowledge to the user and makes
>chess players wonder how they ever survived without it. Of course, some software
>developers will tell you that when plans meet reality it is usually reality
>which wins .. but in my book reality is a seven point underdog :)
>If any of you are interested in helping the Rybka project succeed, the following
>are all useful areas of contribution:
>1) Comments, feedback, and CPU time for beta versions.
>2) Purchase the full version of Rybka 1.0.
>3) Get Rybka, and computer chess in general, "out there" into the world of chess
>- articles, clubs, into the general chess consciousness.
>This last point is for me the biggest. The computer chess community has
>tremendous expertise and knowledge, and computer chess is interesting and fun.
>As programmers, we struggle with the question of what chess knowledge really is
>in a much deeper and more interesting way than chess players do. A chess player
>will learn something obvious about positional play, and never really stop to
>inspect it - because as a human, he doesn't need to. On the other hand, when
>your program is constantly rebeling against everything you taught it, or plays
>worse with those last few bits of what you thought were knowledge, you end up
>asking much tougher questions. So - for those with the ability and interest,
>let's get out there and spread the word.
>I am also looking for a few people who will collaborate more closely on the
>project. There are the usual computer chess things (opening book, tournament
>operation, beta testing). In addition, the main event of the next four to six
>weeks will be the addition of I hope two more software developers to the Rybka
>team. I have of course a target list from my days as a student and developer,
>but if you are talented, and interested in the project, please don't hesitate to
>get in touch with me and we can discuss it further.
>Happy testing, and best regards,

Great News! Thank you for your generosity, Vasik!

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