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

Author: Peter McKenzie

Date: 12:13:06 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.

No, really, you have it wrong.
It is that people with a last name starting with 'B' have trouble creating a
strong program.  Its obvious: Botvinnik, Berliner etc etc


>
>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.

More important than this minor detail is that people with a last name starting
with 'B' usually think too much about the *B*ishop, often giving it a much too
high score in the evaluation funciton.

>
>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



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