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- - By Quapsel (****) Date 2013-11-06 15:00
May Vas have done some shy looks at the TCEC-happening?
May he have feeled the prickling whish to do a Rybka 4.1-> 4.2-Jump?
May be he could have reached the actual stage 4 then, the struggle for the Superfinal!

But without interest at his side interest by the users will decrease too and will decrease further. :-(
Maybe computerchess is far history for him. Rybka is an artefact. A historical document.

Parent - - By Nelson Hernandez (Gold) Date 2013-11-06 23:12 Upvotes 1
The main point is that one man with courage and initiative, in conjunction with three (and more) teams of top chess programmers independently developing their engines at breakneck speed, has ushered in a new golden age in computer chess after the calamity of 2011-12.  Martin Thoresen deserves some kind of award for what he has accomplished.
Parent - - By Dragon Mist (****) Date 2013-11-13 12:08
I second that. I always disregarded SF for any serious analysis use, but am slowly starting to feel I was horribly wrong. Just look at the recent nTCEC games it won (stage 4). How it outplayed Houdini dev, which is supposed to be The master of maneuvre is simply amazing! You don't get there without having a complete and ruthless monster running. I do try to read and understad the changes that come with every single version, they never seem to appear huge; yet, somehow it all adds up to a become the most knowledgeable chess engine ever.
Parent - By Nelson Hernandez (Gold) Date 2013-11-13 17:09
My only quibble, and it is a small one, is that I wish evaluations across a very wide sampling of unclear but dynamic positions would be more consistent with the range seen in Houdini and Komodo.  SF tends to be too excitable in general, not just when it sees something.  But apart from that I have to concur with everything you say.

My other bias is that I still find it more inspirational when one exceptional man, working alone or as mastermind of a sprawling effort, fashions a great product.  I don't mind commercial products at all; people should be compensated for their ideas and labors.  The open source effort breaks up commercial monopolies but it potentially creates a new collectivist monopoly.  Still, if the ultimate goal is perfection (as I have often said) then nobody can complain if computer chess science continues advancing by leaps and bounds.
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