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by Tom Barrister
Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: CEGT lists Houdini
Replies: 11
Views: 3892

Re: CEGT lists Houdini

Rybka's censorship is laughable, but it's their right to censor as much or as little as they please and to control their content. It's a private website. It's also understandable from a very short-sighted business point of view. People who don't bother to research may find Rybka rated number one on ...
by Tom Barrister
Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The CB & CCRL monopoly game
Replies: 27
Views: 6491

Re: The CB & CCRL monopoly game

While I don't care for censorship, it's Chessbase's right (as is the case with CCRL, etc.) to allow or not allow whoever they wish on their website, with a few exceptions (mainly dealing with illegal content). The rights of free access and free speech may exist in public in some localities, but they...
by Tom Barrister
Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Fabiens Letter - Rybka Derivative of Fruit?
Replies: 51
Views: 6910

Re: Fabiens Letter - Rybka Derivative of Fruit?

BUT Rybka has gone a very long way since then and today's version is nearly 500 Elo points stronger than Fruit. So yes, what Vasik did with Rybka 1 probably was not compliant with the GPL, BUT he has achieved results, out of his own hard work, that clearly shook the computer chess community and led...
by Tom Barrister
Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Fabien's open letter to the community
Replies: 734
Views: 535001

Re: Fabien's open letter to the community

Hi, xann. I haven't seen you since the IOS days and Turtle and company. Good to see you're alive and well. Wow!!! What was your nickname? Did you write a program? I spent a lot of time on Othello. Because of this, my approach to chess search was much more mature than say evaluation. Thinking about ...
by Tom Barrister
Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:48 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Fabien's open letter to the community
Replies: 734
Views: 535001

Re: Fabien's open letter to the community

I'm going to abbreviate this as much as possible. These are all my opinions, not necessarily Gospel. Rybka, in the current and/or some previous version. is now officially a clone of Fruit, rewritten or not, legally so or not. Mr. Rajlich stating the he no longer has any of the earlier source codes (...
by Tom Barrister
Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: GM analysis without computers, the time has passed.
Replies: 22
Views: 2585

Re: GM analysis without computers, the time has passed.

Not a fast mate, but White will end up with a Queen and Knight for a Rook after 1 Re1+ Qe5, 2 Rxe5+ dxe5, 3 Qe6+. Agreed that tactical analysis almost requires the use of a computer nowadays. I've often wondered how many of the brilliancy prize games of years past were either unsound or had simpler ...
by Tom Barrister
Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: New Film: “Bobby Fischer Against The World”
Replies: 5
Views: 958

Re: New Film: “Bobby Fischer Against The World”

“He had that kind of rock star charisma that I think Harry Benson’s photographs captured so well,” notes Garbus.
Fischer had the charisma of a nanny goat.
by Tom Barrister
Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:35 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: This position crashes Houdini 1.5 and Stockfish
Replies: 22
Views: 6772

Re: This position crashes Houdini 1.5 and Stockfish

I didn't notice the FEN string, either. That would explain a lot of other crashes. Both engines work fine when that's fixed.

Thanks.
by Tom Barrister
Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: New Naum 4.3 XTR
Replies: 5
Views: 2855

Re: New Naum 4.3 XTR

Mr. Naumov probably doesn't have a lot of motivation to improve his product. Only two groups will buy the product: 1) Those who don't do any research, buy the first thing they find, and stumble onto Naum first. 2) Those who want every engine that exists. Otherwise, they're going to run into Rybka, w...
by Tom Barrister
Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Drawn position from 2011 Australian Open
Replies: 3
Views: 869

Re: Drawn position from 2011 Australian Open

None that I tried had any idea. This isn't surprising, since engines are primiarly brute force anyway. The existence of tablebases means that most engines contain about as much native endgame information as they do information about piloting a helicopter. If the engine can't find it through brute fo...