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Subject: Re: WCCC and some NPS observations

Author: Dave Gomboc

Date: 14:37:26 06/23/99

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On June 23, 1999 at 16:07:07, Thorsten Czub wrote:

>On June 23, 1999 at 15:16:51, Eugene Nalimov wrote:
>>>ChessBase started with Fritz, Junior, Hiarcs and Nimzo.
>>There is *no* ChessBase in the list of WCCC participants. There are 4 (or more)
>>different authors - for Fritz, Junior, Hiarcs and Nimzo separately.
>Aha ! And the operators e.g. of HIARCS were paid by Mark Uniacke, author of
>hiarcs? or they were paid by chessBase.

So what?  Maybe that is part of their contractual arrangement, maybe it was a
gesture of goodwill, or maybe you are even wrong.  Whatever the case, what
relevance does it have?  Each engine stood (or fell, but I think they all stood)
on their own merits.  You can suggest some conspiracy theory where results were
fixed between various ChessBase engines, but I'm not buying your bridge, sorry.

>You are naive. You have not seen the chessBase team sitting arround all the
>while and friedel running arround from desk to desk and asking:
>do you want to sell your engine to us ?

So what?  Germany had a market economy, the last time I checked.  If Fred
Friedel (or Ossi Weiner, or anybody else) wants to try and make some more money
by having another chess engine available to plug into their product, there's
nothing wrong with that!  And program authors are free to say yes or no as they
see fit.

>You don't believe ??
>I have anything on video :-)))

Highly incriminating, no doubt.


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