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Subject: Can that really work?

Author: Mark Boylan

Date: 17:49:11 03/07/06

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On March 07, 2006 at 20:42:18, Marc D wrote:

>On March 07, 2006 at 20:37:55, Mark Boylan wrote:
>>On March 07, 2006 at 20:18:18, Marc D wrote:
>>>I still think Rybka has preconfigured chess data knowledge in it's code to
>>>acomplish these things.
>>I don't understand.
>>All of the better programs that I've read have preconfigured chess knowledge of
>>some sort for evaluating positions.
>>Are you saying that Rybka has a precalculated table containing the evaluations
>>of some common positions? Like a middlegame book? Would that even help beyond
>>the opening. Even if it did, would it be bad?
>>Whatever that program does, it's damn clever.
>Yes something similar like this.
>But i agree with you that what the program does is quite clever and makes it so
>far unbeaten.

I certainly don't know what I'm talking about, but it seems to me that the
chance of getting a hit on a fixed set of positions beyond the opening is so
slim as to make it not worth the effort. Do any other programs do that?

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