Now that Critter 1.2 and Kommodo and Stockfish are all very very close to rybka (or even surpassed rybka) , i guess it could be a good opportunity to open the source code.
Not true. The Rybka cluster crushes Houdini on the fastest supported hardware. Cloud Rybka should be out soon, and should do the same on more affordable terms.
vas (rybka) is banned for life from computer chess competitions
Not that important, as long as people know who the big dog is.
His image is destroyed.
Nah, the overwhelming majority of chess playing people have never heard of the ICGA.
I think now it's the moment for him to move to something else.
He gets to make that call, and after that, he gets to decide if he wants to release his code or not.
A cluster costs a lot of money too, and you have always to update the hardware. Once you dont have "titles" and promotion, it's not that easy to get a lot of customers. In addition imagine Houdini 2.0 is going to come out soon. If somebody is going to build a houdini-cluster, then vas has again no chance. Vas has already a very bad image, and some "russians" (the cloners) hate him, and I can imagine that they could easy stop his cluster from working (DDOS, flood, and so on).
I dont see necessary a success with the cluster. It could be, I dont know, but I think it has also has very good chances to fail.
Btw look how Rybka was punished (at same hardware/book/time) from Houdi.
And look how Critter is kicking rybkas ass at the moment...
Really bad comparison, not more....
No. Only ICGA. Not any other new, future organizations
> No. Only ICGA. Not any other new, future organizations
This would like a soccer player would say:
I'm banned from FIFA but not from other future organizations.
Or? Who knows perhaps Vas could do, what Kasparov did with FIDE, and creat his own organization :)
It would be better to spend that money towards better hardware.
> As I've said many times, how can you compete with commercial chess engines when essentially 4 of the top 5 engines are free?
People are interested in more than just the top engines. Shredder and Hiarcs are very good examples. Neither has been a top engine for quite some time and yet I assume they still attract a little coin. Then again, maybe that's why Team Hiarcs was so instrumental in the Rybka hit job. If you can't develop your way to the top of the crosstable, ban your way there instead.
What I was pointing out was that one of Rybka's main selling points was being the #1 engine in strength on the different chess engine sites. That hasn't been the case in a while. It's very far behind Houdini and I have very strong doubts that if there is a Rybka 5 that it will pass said engine in eli strength. Then, of course, there are the other 3 engines that are essentially at par with Rybka and gaining in strength every month, unlike Rybka.
> Most people in my chess club haven't even heard of any program except Fritz.
Chessmaster is another one that's fairly well known. In my view, it's a very good program for learning and sparring. It's especially nice for kids since there are so many great tutorials. The Waitzkin material is also outstanding. In my neck of the woods, Chessmaster and Fritz are the only two chess programs I've seen with retail shelf space and that's huge. I suspect the sales numbers for CM and Fritz dwarf the numbers for any individual UCI chess engine.
> Remember Vas? Nope, I haven't heard from him in such a long time I have forgotten the style and content he used to bring to this forum. Perhaps one day he will return and bring with him news of R5?
I liked the way he used to reply to posts in the early days. He used to take time and answer questions properly and he saw issues very clearly. After hearing him explain something I used to always think: 'of course, how simple'. The Forum these days is more of a shouting match.
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