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

Author: blass uri

Date: 16:25:10 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.

I do not agree about it.
You cannot teach your program things that you do not know.
If you are not a strong player your program is going not to know important
things.

You have a very good program but I believe that your program could be better
if you were a better chess player because you had more ideas.

I agree that it is important not to assume that you know everything and to test
every change that you do and not to assume that it is a positive change without
testing it but you can be a good chess player without assuming that you know
everything.

>
>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.

You do not need to forget all you know and you can use part of what you know
but you need not to be sure about things without testing and to check if your
changes are productive and not counter productive.

If strong players do it then the fact that they are strong chess players is only
an advantage.

Uri



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