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

Author: Eelco de Groot

Date: 12:10:24 02/20/00

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On February 20, 2000 at 02:27:12, Drazen Marovic wrote:

>On February 20, 2000 at 02:25:32, Eelco de Groot wrote:
>>On February 20, 2000 at 01:39:09, Drazen Marovic wrote:
>>>What is Botvinnik's legacy to computer chess?
>>Drazen, there is some litterature listed at
>>Look for "The Botvinnik Project"
>>I don't know from memory where you could find more material, maybe at
>>where there is a list at
>>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.
>Eelco are you related to the famous psychologist De groot?

:) No, I can't boast about that I'm afraid. There are many De Groots in my
country, it is a very common name. Just means "tall" in Dutch, a bit like Long
in English speaking countries. I read that professor Adriaan D. de Groot does
live not very far from here, a little to the north of the town of Groningen
where I live, on beautiful Schiermonnikoog. Beautiful small island, nature
reserve, hideout for celebrities. In New in Chess magazine 1999, nr. 8 there was
a long article on the occasion of his 85th birthday by Dr. Fernand Gobet and he
writes: "Retired since 1985, De Groot now lives with his wife Elsa on
Schiermonnikoog, a Frisian island north of Groningen. His many interests keep
him quite busy: completion of some old scientific projects ( Note: I believe
part of this led to another book, Adriaan D. de Groot, Fernand Gobet: Perception
and Memory in Chess: Studies in the Heuristics of the Professional Eye: Van
Gorcum 1996. ISBN 90 232 2949 5., about which programmer Chrilly Donninger wrote
a review too that was published a.o. in "Computerschaak" Dutch magazine for
computer-chess, October 1999. I don't believe it is available on Nimzo's
homepage ), music - both as a piano improviser and violinist in an amateur
chamber music ensemble - reading Latin works in the original language and...


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