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

Author: Dann Corbit

Date: 19:38:58 02/21/00

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On February 21, 2000 at 21:18:37, Christophe Theron wrote:
>Just an example: the concept of "tempo" is absolutely useless for a chess
>program. Just my opinion of course. I don't see what to do with this concept,
>and I don't think my program is lacking it.

Of course your program is aware of tempo.  If not, it will lose all the time.
Consider these two nearly identical positions, but each has the tempo advantage
over the other:

k7/7P/8/8/8/8/p7/7K w - -
k7/7P/8/8/8/8/p7/7K b - -

I know for certain your program will know of the advantage of the tempo.

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