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

Author: leonid

Date: 18:25:07 02/20/00

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On February 20, 2000 at 15:13:06, Peter McKenzie wrote:

>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


Thanks for good wording! You make me almost felt from my chair. I laughed like
crazy for few minutes.

Leonid.




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