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

Author: Pete Galati

Date: 16:41:46 02/20/00

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On February 20, 2000 at 18:58:29, Fernando Villegas wrote:

>On February 20, 2000 at 01:39:09, Drazen Marovic wrote:
>>What is Botvinnik's legacy to computer chess?
>In his own area of expertise he showed the great gap that always existed between
>soviet propagandistic thunders and pitiful reality.

I read somewhere, but I'm not clear on the details, that he (his people) was
working on a Chess program & he had high hopes for (he was impressed by his
efforts) but I never heard anything about if the program was ever finished or
what ever became of the work that was done.  I assume it never saw the light of
day.  Does anyone know if that's the case?

People love to _hate_ him, I hear he was not a good natured person.  He wasn't
very good at predictions, he thought Karpov had no future as a Chess player.  I
don't care for Karpov's games myself, but Botvinnik was wrong, Karpov left a
mark.  Botvinnik himself played some very good games early in his career, but he
wasn't the man to ask to build a Chess program.  He was sharp enough to realize
that they had much potential, but...


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