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Subject: Re: Secrets of Rybka and Fruit from my point of view

Author: Zappa

Date: 21:56:04 12/15/05

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On December 15, 2005 at 17:05:00, Sergei S. Markoff wrote:

>1) Fruit.
>Fruit search seems to be primitive. "History pruning" is a variation of
>well-known idea. After implementing such method in SmarThink some years ago I
>named it "history-based pruning" and then changed to "ordering-based pruning".
>The outcome of such methods very depends of whole search model, but anyway
>history pruning is not the key to Fruit strength.
>To my mind, the key of Fruit strength is that the "Chess is the art of
>exchange". So, Fabien's idea about flexible game stages looks to be a beautiful
>way to improve positional play. Fruit can effectively consolidate the position.
>It simply knows when to excange to improve position. I think that it's the main
>key (cumulative with very good tuning of evaluation function). I think Fruit is
>very perspective. The main line of progress for this project, to my mind, is to
>add more complicated knowledge and intellectualize a search.
>2) Rybka
>Some time ago we discussed with Gian-Carlo Pascutto an idea of create special
>"SET-tables" with sets of piece-square values indexed by 1) material on the
>board; 2) king position; 3) pawn structure. Such tables can be calculated by
>analyzing a lot of games. That time I delayed my work in this area because I
>found other perspective things.
>You can see that Rybka executable contains a lot of precalculated tables. And
>also we all know that Rybka plays positional style. My version is that Rybka
>uses some variation of SET-approach. At all cases it uses some precalculated
>positional knowledge, but what sort of it? ;)

My personal opinion:

Fruit wins by 3 things: deep PV checking, mobility, and correctness.  I talked
about this with Fabien at Reykjavik.  When you have mobility, you are very
sensitive to being "driven back".  And when you can check your mainline 18-20
ply and not lose any mobility, its very probably you're playing a good move.

Rybka: I'm starting to think that a lot of Rybka's strength is tactical.  Try
that baby out on a few test positions some time.  For example, the rapid TC CEGT
list has Rybka 55 rating points ahead of Fruit, while the slower BFF list has
Rybka only 15 rating points ahead of Fruit.


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