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

Author: Christophe Theron

Date: 11:39:24 02/20/00

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On February 20, 2000 at 01:39:09, Drazen Marovic wrote:

>What is Botvinnik's legacy to computer chess?

That to write a good chess program it's better not to be a strong chess player.

Strong players have too much prejudices about how to write a chess program.

In order to write a good chess program you must be ready to forget all you know
about chess, and re-discover it completely. Strong chess players have spent
years in learning the game and improving their play, so they are obviously not
ready to get into the process of forgetting everything.

In the future, it will happen to me too. Chess programming will certainly
evolve, but as I have spent nearly 20 years in programming Chess Tiger, I'll
probably be unable to adapt myself to totally new techniques. I'll become a
dinosaur and young programmers will take over me - and all my peers.

I hope this is not going to happen tomorrow, though.


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