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

Author: James Robertson

Date: 22:51:26 02/20/00

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On February 20, 2000 at 10:01:46, blass uri wrote:

>On February 20, 2000 at 02:35:02, Bruce Moreland wrote:
>>On February 20, 2000 at 02:25:32, Eelco de Groot wrote:
>>>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.
>>The essence of intelligence is generalization, and the ability to generalize,
>>however poorly, is built into any chess program very early on.  Anyone can
>>create a program in under 24 hours that plays a complete game.
>I do not think that anyone can create a program in under 24 hours that plays a
>complete game of chess even if the task is only to choose a random move.

I think you are wrong here because all you would need is a move generator.


>Maybe you are right about professional programmers but
>there are many people who do not know to create computer programs and many
>people are going to fail in the task of creating a chess program that play chess
>in under 24 hours even if they know something about programs but did only some
>simple programs of not more than some hundreds of lines.

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