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Subject: knowledge and knowledgeable

Author: Rolf Tueschen

Date: 15:32:31 02/15/06

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On February 15, 2006 at 17:06:26, Vasik Rajlich wrote:

>Imagine you show a position to two chess players.
>The first, a low-rated player, takes twenty minutes to enumerate all sorts of
>bugus and irrelevant nonsense about what might happen or what both sides should
>The second, an experienced, high-rated player, looks for half a minute and
>simply says: "white should mobilize his pawn majority here".
>Who gave the more knowledgeable assessment?


At first you spoke of more knowledge which I see different to more
knowledgeable, because this is a personal quality while the first is more
a quantitative question. So to your actual question a GM sure is more
knowledgeable but a IM could well have much more knowledge, but which is either
not relevant in the concrete position or has a lower priority or takes him too
much time or where his calculations are too slow or his experience from
practical play is worse.
Insofar your first differentiation wasnt good enough. - However, Vas, let's
stick through the fog: you know better than me that the verdict "pawn majority"
and NOT this or that in a concrete situation is no doubt a question of
calculation and then for a GM a question of experience too, I mean experience
from practical play. I dont see yet how you want to adopt that detail with
sufficient perfection into chess machines with the actually available depth.
What I mean is that perhaps you are successful as long as you can better focus
on such a question in advance and hence be better prepared while your opponents
are unaware, as the results seem to indicate. In your favor I hope you have some
other aspects in your Rybka than "just" this pawn advancing thing. But then I
didnt want to be indiscrete. I take for sure that you go for Torino. All the
best and thanks so far.


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