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

Author: Len Eisner

Date: 12:09:54 02/20/00

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On February 20, 2000 at 14:39:24, Christophe Theron wrote:

>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.
>    Christophe

If a bird could design a flying machine, it would probably have flapping wings.
It might fly, but it wouldnít be the fastest one around.  I suspect the same
holds true for chess masters and chess programs.


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