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Subject: Re: What is Botvinnik's legacy to computer chess?

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 23:35:02 02/19/00

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On February 20, 2000 at 02:25:32, Eelco de Groot wrote:

>Botvinnik worked for many years on his program Pioneer but had very poor
>hardware available to him in the USSR. It could solve some very difficult
>positions from Botwinnik's games but never reached the stage where it could play
>whole games as far as I know.

The essence of intelligence is generalization, and the ability to generalize,
however poorly, is built into any chess program very early on.  Anyone can
create a program in under 24 hours that plays a complete game.  I can think of
no defensible reason why Botvinnik's program is different from everyone else's
in this respect.  If it were anyone other than Botvinnik in any other place than
the Soviet Union, that body of work would be accorded almost no respect.

I think the hardware excuse is a complete crock, and I think there is credible
doubt that it could solve *any* position.


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