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Subject: Re: WCCC and some NPS observations

Author: Dave Gomboc

Date: 10:47:20 06/23/99

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On June 23, 1999 at 13:30:06, Dann Corbit wrote:

>On June 23, 1999 at 12:41:02, Eugene Nalimov wrote:
>>On June 23, 1999 at 09:56:54, Dave Gomboc wrote:
>>>On June 23, 1999 at 09:23:12, Thorsten Czub wrote:
>>>>has not helped much.
>>>>the score in the games i have seen in paderborn was not
>>>>an example of beeing more intelligent. :-))
>>>
>>>Fritz finished in 3rd place.  This was a highly competitive field, and 3rd place
>>>is IMO an excellent result.
>>>
>>>I didn't see CSTal there.  Excuses about a $500 entry fee notwithstanding, I can
>>>only presume that if it had been there, it would have been crushed by programs
>>>like Fritz.  Of course, we all know how intelligent that would have made CSTal
>>>look.
>
>>CSTal may score not very bad against the programs, but that was definitely not
>>the goal of its' programmers. The goal was to have the exciting games against
>>humans, and I beleive that goal was more-or-less achieved.
>I would add that CS-Tal plays pretty chess from what I have seen.  140 move
>grind-it-out draws are one of the horrible things about computer chess.  You
>will not likely see CS-Tal play a lot of those.

Yes.  Considering that it likes to attack speculatively, and its endgame play is
sub-par, 140-move grinder draws are relatively unlikely.

Dave



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