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

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 11:51:08 02/20/00

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On February 20, 2000 at 10:01:46, blass uri wrote:

>I do not think that anyone can create a program in under 24 hours that plays a
>complete game of chess even if the task is only to choose a random move.
>Maybe you are right about professional programmers but
>there are many people who do not know to create computer programs and many
>people are going to fail in the task of creating a chess program that play chess
>in under 24 hours even if they know something about programs but did only some
>simple programs of not more than some hundreds of lines.

By "anyone" I meant anyone who programs competently.  It's not that hard, but
it's not like you pick some Burmese kid at random and set them in front of a
computer and come back in a day and watch it play chess.

Let's not get caught up in this and miss my point.  The idea that someone can
work on a computer chess program for more than 20 years and fail to produce
something that can play a complete game, however poorly, is total rubbish.  I
don't know why that project was so unproductive, but something is really wrong
with the whole thing.  It had to have been some sort of scam.


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