Yes it is very wise not to participate because you have very strong hardware.Mike S. wrote: Fairness requires more than "same rules for all", especially if a lot of money may be involved. Some years ago, it was a very wise decision of the sheik who financed Hydra, not to participate in WCCCs.
In fact only the one with the weakest hardware should participate to make it totally fair, right?
It's like asking a football team not to participate in a tournament because their players are better than the others.
Sorry but that kind of arguments are utter crap. We will say no to Hydra if it wanted to participate because it uses very fast hardware? Are we serious here?
Different? How it's different?This decade is much different from the 1970s or the 1980s, in terms of top computer chess and the hardware used for it. Levy's decision is an update for ICGA which was required (and comes very late, but at least it comes now).
Then and now there are participants with big and small hardware. Then and now there are big books and small books, good books and not so good books. Then and now are people with money and with more money to have different hardware. Then and now there are good programs and even better programs.
Were are the differences?