Here is your answer from Zappa web site:
[Quote: "As of the summer of 2006, I am retiring as an active computer chess programmer in order to concentrate on my PhD work. This means that if you are waiting for the next version of Zappa (Zap! Chess) you will be waiting for a very long time, and that I will no longer be playing in computer-computer tournaments, although I may still stop by CCC or ICC from time to time."]
why do all these good programmers just stop, it's so annoying!
I know, Ed Shroder did the same with "Pro Deo" et al (rebeluci). Drove me nuts.
New zap was released in 2007 inspite of his words and Zap participates in tournaments inspite of his words.
I think you are right- I think after the fact he got juiced up again.
PS: When we see good (best?) chess engines from India, China or Armenia? They all have best brains and chess tradition!
Why isn't Zap (the USA) developed no more? Why isn't Fruit (France) developed no more? Why we do not see new Shredder (it is time; Germany)? Why does Hiarcs make so much wind? Why do the good new programs come from Hungary (Rybka) or Russia (Strelka)? Because of Globalisation, I believe. You must pay the taxes and for the house! HP: When will we see good machines from India, China or Armenia? They have all the best brains and chess tradition!
As for Werewolf's German (I made a couple of slight modifications to make it easier for Google):
Dieses ist eine typische Anmerkung von dir. Es wird auf schlechtestes englisch der Welt und... sinnlos geschrieben.
the trouble is I think most germans won't get it....
I can answer this - Hiarcs and I enjoy Indian food. Therefore we can get a bit windy.
> Why isn´t Zap (USA) developed.
Ever heard of Google?
As of the summer of 2006, I am retiring as an active computer chess programmer in order to concentrate on my PhD work.
>Why isn´t Fruit (France) developed?
Unless the whole team has been lying all along, it IS being developed.
>Why we see no new Shredder (it´s the time; Germany)?
Learn to search:
we will release Shredder 11 this summer. Much will be improved,
including his endgame capabilities. We will also publish some
6 men Shredderbases, however we do not have a schedule for this yet.
seriously I typed in shredder 11 etc and got nothing back, even inserted your quote.
good info though - thanks.
seems a shame that they're targeting the endgame again with shredder, I've always felt that was its strong point. I would have liked to see it improve in the middlegame.
I received an email from Stefan and posted it somewhere. He said pretty much what Vempele is stating. Here he gives the approximate release time for Shredder 11
> >> >
> >> > Shredder 11 should be out this summer.
> >> >
> >> > The update should still be there. Yes, it fixed mainly issues with
> >> Vista.
> >> >
> >> > Best regards
> >> > Stefan]
I like Shredder's interface for what it offers. I think Stefan is more interested in presenting a kind of "family" all round GUI. It just doesn't go far enough for me at this point in my chess interests. I like using Shredder for playing games- but, ( and this may sound over the top) it is just not "professional" enough for me. That is why my focus is on Convekta. I hope that makes sense.
> seriously I typed in shredder 11 etc and got nothing back, even inserted your quote.
I didn't mention Google in that second link, did I? I meant to say it might be useful to search the other chess forums.
I have rybka, shredder, fritz, junior, fruit.
would like to buy hiarcs too (it looks great): but I have my hands full of professional software that use this methodology (one of these costs 20000 euro), and that's a problem, if one changes configuration too often.
Please, Harvey, try something else. I'd be among the firsts to buy it.
Doing it is their choice and I am not sure if this give them more customers.
This is a very old thread that seems to have been bounced for some reason. Ansari said that if the protection is changed for Hiarcs he would buy. The protection was changed with 11.2. Your Shredder problem sounds strange I dual boot some of my machines and have no issues with Shredder. I suggest you email Stefan who is always very quick to answer support emails.
Can you give an impression about the strongest chess engine on Mac OS X?
/* Steinar */
I bought Hiarcs 10 when it came out - I also purchased an older version of Fritz (7?) when I was in the USA (I think I paid $ 4 for it) and I bought a version of Rybka. From my limited experience I have to say that I always liked Hiarcs a lot. I never felt much of an affinity with Fritz. I like Rybka too, but I am still 'testing' it; sometimes it does things I do not understand. So Hiarcs and Rybka would be my choices. Best, Jack, Ireland
And with this one word the whole thing is answered in full detail. Just put the original poster into your mental filters for the future. The isn´t more to to or to think about.
posted by Ernst. If I had noticed this I would not have started another.
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