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

Author: Dann Corbit

Date: 19:41:26 02/21/00

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On February 21, 2000 at 22:38:58, Dann Corbit wrote:

>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.
Just for completeness:
k7/7P/8/8/8/8/p7/7K w - - acd 4; acn 8; acs 1; ce 32744; pv h8=Q+;
k7/7P/8/8/8/8/p7/7K b - - acd 4; acn 8; acs 1; ce 32744; pv a1=Q+;

One tempo is the entire difference between mating and getting mated.

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