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Subject: Re: Hiarcs 10 first results - Harry Schnapp test suite 440 used

Author: Albert Silver

Date: 03:56:55 12/23/05

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>>Hi Michael,
>>
>>maybe that you do not like many positions personally. But that is not the point.
>
>No, there are definitely many lines a master would never play.
>
>Michael

I haven't looked at the positions, so won't comment on them.

The fact is that players of ALL levels, the majority of them (99% and more) who
are not 2200+ players, will be analyzing and going over their games with the
engines. Since they aren't masters, the positions they analyze are those from
their non-master openings. That actually means that it far more sense to see how
well the engines analyze these non-master positions than the latest wrinkle of
Sicilian theory at move 22, which a very small minority of the players will be
playing.

Just because the Closed Sicilian, King's Indian Attack, or the Colle are
uncommon or rare at master and above level, doesn't mean they are played
infrequently, and if the engines can't help the <2000 players find great moves
in them, then their usefulness as an analytical engine is severely reduced IMO.

                                          Albert



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