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Larry Kaufman

Post by mehmet123 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:01 pm

Larry is a very important person in Computer Chess World. Everyone interested in computer chess knows that he's the author of Komodo engine.

I keep learning new interesting things about him.
"On January 21-23, 1967, MacHack VI played in the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in Boston. It was the first time an electronic computer played chess against human beings under regular tournament conditions. Technical advice in the programming was given by Larry Kaufman (1966 American Open winner), "
https://www.chess.com/article/view/machack-attack

He has been active in chess computer at least 53 years. Really impressive.

And another thing. He is one of the 10 strongest shogi players in the world and he is the strongest American shogi player. Incredible success for a 72-year-old person.
http://www.shogi.net/fesa/index.php?mid=5
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Re: Larry Kaufman

Post by Laskos » Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:04 pm

mehmet123 wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:01 pm
Larry is a very important person in Computer Chess World. Everyone interested in computer chess knows that he's the author of Komodo engine.

I keep learning new interesting things about him.
"On January 21-23, 1967, MacHack VI played in the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in Boston. It was the first time an electronic computer played chess against human beings under regular tournament conditions. Technical advice in the programming was given by Larry Kaufman (1966 American Open winner), "
https://www.chess.com/article/view/machack-attack

He is active in the chess computer world at least 53 years. really impressive.

And another thing. He is one of the 10 strongest shogi players in the world and he is the strongest American shogi player. Incredible success for a 72-year-old person.
http://www.shogi.net/fesa/index.php?mid=5
Yes, pats of his legend I know. He is really :shock: something :!:

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Re: Larry Kaufman

Post by mehmet123 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:13 pm

And I learned a new thing about him .

"The veteran American IM Larry Kaufman has won the 2008 Senior World Chess Championship, held in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany. By winning the title, he automatically becomes a GM"
https://www.chess.com/news/view/larry-k ... nior-title

About Larry:
Chess Player: GM title/ World Senior Chess Championship
Shogi Player:5 Dan/Best American Player
Programmer: Komodo (3 times TCEC Champion, 4 times WCCC champion)
Author: "The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White: A Complete, Sound and User-friendly Chess Opening Repertoire"

Whichever position Michael Jordan is in basketball, Larry Kaufman is in similar position in computer chess.
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Re: Larry Kaufman

Post by mwyoung » Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:19 pm

mehmet123 wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:01 pm
Larry is a very important person in Computer Chess World. Everyone interested in computer chess knows that he's the author of Komodo engine.

I keep learning new interesting things about him.
"On January 21-23, 1967, MacHack VI played in the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in Boston. It was the first time an electronic computer played chess against human beings under regular tournament conditions. Technical advice in the programming was given by Larry Kaufman (1966 American Open winner), "
https://www.chess.com/article/view/machack-attack

He is active in the chess computer world at least 53 years. really impressive.

And another thing. He is one of the 10 strongest shogi players in the world and he is the strongest American shogi player. Incredible success for a 72-year-old person.
http://www.shogi.net/fesa/index.php?mid=5
Yes, It was Larry K's sound and objective analysis of chess engines that got me started in testing chess engines back in the early 1980's. When fraud was common place in computer chess, and you needed to pay money for the best engines.

Thanks, Larry K!
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Re: Larry Kaufman

Post by mclane » Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:34 pm

Thank you Larry Kaufmann for all your impulses in computerchess and chess.
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Re: Larry Kaufman

Post by mehmet123 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:05 pm

One of the Larry's great chess game against the World 28th ranked player (J. Ehlvest) at that time.

Philadelphia 1995 · Sicilian, Alapin's variation (2.c3) (B22) · 1-0

Kaufman, Larry C (2430) - Ehlvest, Jaan (2630)
Event: World Open 23rd
Site: Philadelphia
Round: 8
Date: 1995
ECO: B07
Score: 1-0


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Re: Larry Kaufman

Post by lkaufman » Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:20 pm

mehmet123 wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:01 pm
Larry is a very important person in Computer Chess World. Everyone interested in computer chess knows that he's the author of Komodo engine.

I keep learning new interesting things about him.
"On January 21-23, 1967, MacHack VI played in the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in Boston. It was the first time an electronic computer played chess against human beings under regular tournament conditions. Technical advice in the programming was given by Larry Kaufman (1966 American Open winner), "
https://www.chess.com/article/view/machack-attack

He has been active in chess computer at least 53 years. Really impressive.

And another thing. He is one of the 10 strongest shogi players in the world and he is the strongest American shogi player. Incredible success for a 72-year-old person.
http://www.shogi.net/fesa/index.php?mid=5
Thanks for the kind words. I must correct that I'm far from the top 10 shogi players in the world, the FESA list is only of players who have competed in the West, so at best you might say top 10 non-Japanese (or perhaps non-Asian) shogi players. In chess competition, although I've never been a top player (best was world #102 per Chessmetrics), my span of successes might be at or near a record; I took second place in the 1961 Maryland Junior championship, and tied for second place a couple weeks ago in the 2020 U.S. Senior Championship of (state) champions tournament (online due to pandemic). I suppose someone must have a sixty year span, but who?
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Re: Larry Kaufman

Post by Dann Corbit » Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:23 pm

He wrote the seminal article on material imbalance "The Evaluation of Material Imbalances" which has ideas now incorported into most strong chess programs.

When Rybka was dominating the chess world, Larry was writing the evaluation constraints.

He worked with Don on Komodo and later Mark.

Without a doublt, Larry is one of the titans of computer chess and chess in general.
And he is a really nice guy.
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Re: Larry Kaufman

Post by lkaufman » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:17 pm

lkaufman wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:20 pm
mehmet123 wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:01 pm
Larry is a very important person in Computer Chess World. Everyone interested in computer chess knows that he's the author of Komodo engine.

I keep learning new interesting things about him.
"On January 21-23, 1967, MacHack VI played in the Massachusetts Amateur Championship in Boston. It was the first time an electronic computer played chess against human beings under regular tournament conditions. Technical advice in the programming was given by Larry Kaufman (1966 American Open winner), "
https://www.chess.com/article/view/machack-attack

He has been active in chess computer at least 53 years. Really impressive.

And another thing. He is one of the 10 strongest shogi players in the world and he is the strongest American shogi player. Incredible success for a 72-year-old person.
http://www.shogi.net/fesa/index.php?mid=5
Thanks for the kind words. I must correct that I'm far from the top 10 shogi players in the world, the FESA list is only of players who have competed in the West, so at best you might say top 10 non-Japanese (or perhaps non-Asian) shogi players. In chess competition, although I've never been a top player (best was world #102 per Chessmetrics), my span of successes might be at or near a record; I took second place in the 1961 Maryland Junior championship, and tied for second place a couple weeks ago in the 2020 U.S. Senior Championship of (state) champions tournament (online due to pandemic). I suppose someone must have a sixty year span, but who?
I have the answer to my own question. Viktor Korchnoi had a 64 year span, from the Soviet Junior championship in 1947 to the Swiss championship in 2011! I'll have to win something in 2025 to match that record.
Komodo rules!

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Re: Larry Kaufman

Post by towforce » Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:20 pm

mehmet123 wrote:
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:05 pm
One of the Larry's great chess game against the World 28th ranked player (J. Ehlvest) at that time.

Philadelphia 1995 · Sicilian, Alapin's variation (2.c3) (B22) · 1-0

Kaufman, Larry C (2430) - Ehlvest, Jaan (2630)
Event: World Open 23rd
Site: Philadelphia
Round: 8
Date: 1995
ECO: B07
Score: 1-0


Very enjoyable game - thanks! 8-)
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