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Subject: Re: Hmmmmmmm

Author: Heiko Mikala

Date: 15:43:23 07/26/99

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On July 26, 1999 at 00:03:49, KarinsDad wrote:

>On July 25, 1999 at 16:21:51, Heiko Mikala wrote:
>>Hi James, hi KarinsDad!
>>Can we see KarinsDad's program play somewhere (on any of the chess-servers)? Or
>>is it available for download somewhere?
>Sorry Heiko,
>It is still nowhere near ready.
>I estimate it at about 1800 right now. The search engines are not in place (we
>have a real simple one), the hash table is not there, the plan engine is not
>there, I just added square control, but it is not yet debugged, etc.
>I will be running it automatically on ICC and probably manually on FICS once I
>get it going sufficiently.

I totally aggree with what Bruce said. If it is ready to play, no matter how
weak, let it play on the servers! You can't learn more to improve your engine
than by seeing it play against humans. And it's so much fun to see it play on
the servers :)
...and you can always have a nice smalltalk with other programmers, even
interesting tech-talk, and some programmers will even give you hints, they won't
give you in a public forum like this! (just trying to convince you ;-)

Btw., if you can let it play automatically on ICC, than you can let it play
automatically on FICS too. It's the same protocol! In fact, you only have to
make your engine Winboard/XBoard compatible. And maybe FICS is the better
starting point, because it's free.

Looking forward to see you and your engine there,


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