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Poll How soon before we hear from Vas again? (Closed)
1 Year 5 15%
2 Years 1 3%
3 Years 1 3%
When the Sun and all her planets next align? 27 79%
- - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2013-12-13 08:07
Parent - - By RFK (Gold) Date 2013-12-14 08:22 Edited 2013-12-14 08:25
Great poll! 
Good   question. :cool:

Vas, was  "frequently compared to the Australian band,  "Dead Can Dance"!

Azam Ali (1995–2004) -- vocals, hammered dulcimer, tambura, drums
Greg Ellis (1995–2004) -- udu, tabla, dumbek, nagara, cymbals, bells, drums, keyboards (American  percussionist).
Cameron Stone (2000) -- cello on In the Garden of Souls

After their last album they split up.

However, I don't expect Vas to get back together! Never!  Vas split up! Vas left some nice moments to help calm your mind your mind your mind your mind your mind ...

Parent - - By RFK (Gold) Date 2013-12-14 08:30
So, now when someone asks "where is Vas?"  You can say, " Melodically and lyrically resounding  in my mind!"
Parent - By Eelco de Groot (***) Date 2013-12-14 10:58
Well it's not like Vas totally disappeared. Rumours that he went to a monastery are just that, rumours. I could find a few pictures of a Rajlich that are not so well known I think, but also not very recent.

This picture, upon closer inspection, is I think not Vas, but the title mentions a Vaclav. I think it is the person on the left

This is fairly recent. It is from end 2012 I think.
Iweta had just won this tournament in Poland, ahead of several male GMs and Vas congratulates her here. I thought it was a very nice picture!

This is older but not, as you might think from Vas' hairstyle somewhere in the 1970s... Budapest, in Batthyanyi Square. In the background is the Hungarian parliament.
A professional picture made by Georgios Makkas (copyrighted) for IEEE Spectrum magazine

I think this is also a member of a Rajlich family and someone obviously very much at home with computers and at ease with electronic equipment!
But the cat is not related to Vas I think.
Parent - - By RFK (Gold) Date 2013-12-16 17:36
The most we can do now is fall back on

Parent - - By Eelco de Groot (***) Date 2014-06-09 07:05 Edited 2014-06-09 07:15
This is rather off topic, but as this forum is very silent otherwise, not much of Rybka interest to report, I was just wondering if anyone recognizes the person in this picture. No, it is not Vas this time. It is a screen shot of the film Deep Impact. I must say that the film which had some mixed reviews apparently, it really had more of an impact on me than the other disaster movie of the same theme and the same year, although that is a good movie as disaster movies go. I really think this one may grow into a classic, despite some holes maybe in places where some artistic licence was taken. But now for this very small detail of one of the opening scenes, if you know that Steven Spielberg was executive producer, I really think this could be a cameo of him à la Hitchcock. It is a blurry shot of a person sitting on the edge of a park fountain, somewhere near the Capitol where the protagonist reporter tries to get some information from a just fired secretary. In the background is the reporter's car and the person seems immersed in his book but just as the camera is focused on him, he gets up and stretches his back a bit, so again the view is a bit drawn that way. And not that many people in Washington have such an intellectual look like Spielberg has. I would guess also not that many professional politicicians or civil service men read books on their lunch breaks in Washington. But I could not find any credit to Spielberg at least not as an actor in the film :smile:
Parent - - By Labyrinth (*****) Date 2014-06-09 09:43
Doesn't look like Spielberg at all to me. Looks more like Jamie Hyneman with glasses and a wig.
Parent - - By Eelco de Groot (***) Date 2014-06-09 12:56
Jamie Hyneman is 1.78m, Spielberg is 1.71 and if anything, the person in the shot is maybe taller than 1.71. But other than that, I am not convinced. I think the person in the movie has his own hair, you see it waving in the wind. And Jamie has red hair and a moustache!

Parent - - By Labyrinth (*****) Date 2014-06-09 16:08
Wasn't a serious suggestion, just that this person looks very un-spielberg-like to me.

Spielberg always has a short mustache and beard and doesn't have great big flowing hair like that.

Not sure how you're determining the height, could be offset by a number of factors. Maybe if we had a video clip of the part you're talking about.
Parent - - By Eelco de Groot (***) Date 2017-10-17 15:08 Edited 2017-10-17 15:14

> Maybe if we had a video clip of the part you're talking about

I just found out that you can , if you have never watched it or would like to see it again, watch the movie in pretty good quality, 1080p if your monitor and Internet allows it. It is all legal it seems. Link:

The scene with the mystery Steven Spielberg lookalike starts at approximately 11 minutes into the film. Not that important who it is or anything, but it is one of my favorite movies and I can watch most of the scenes many times, it does not bore me. I usually stop before the end though, I don't have to see the world actually end to appreciate the more human aspects. There are as far as I know very few scenes on the Net that did not make it in the final cut, available on YouTube for instance. Initially there was more with Eliah Wood and Leelee Sobieski, but that did not do well in a try out and was cut. The picture is from one of those scenes I think.
Parent - - By Felix Kling (Gold) Date 2017-11-09 08:09
Btw., the Einstein quote you are using, is it really from Einstein? I guess that's pretty unlikely, because his english was terrible, that is terribly bad :-)
Parent - - By Banned for Life (Gold) Date 2017-11-15 17:22
If I knew what I was doing, it wouldn't be called research.

    Variant: If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research, would it?
    Earliest published variant I find attributing it to Einstein is "If we knew what it was we were doing, it wouldn't be called 'research,' would it?" from p. 272 of Natural Capitalism from 1999 (to see it, go to the amazon page and "search inside the book" for the word "Einstein"). Was attributed to Einstein on the internet befor that though, earliest I saw was this one from 26 April 1994. And if you search google books for "if we knew what we were doing" and "research" without Einstein, you find examples that just present it as an old joke and don't mention Einstein, earliest I found was Yearbook of Procurement Articles by John Whelan from 1977, which says on p. 32 'I have a colleague who delights in saying, "If we knew what we were doing, we wouldn't need research."' And Organizing for Tomorrow: Reports from the Think-Tanks and the Trenches from 1985 has this comment on p. 19: 'I flashed back on a quote that hung in one of my old offices for several years: "If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be called research."' Hypnosifl 07:30, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

Parent - By Felix Kling (Gold) Date 2017-11-16 10:38
Aha, so probably no Einstein quote :-)

Making up some Einstein quotes is quite some fun for sure ;-)
Parent - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2014-06-10 07:52
But the more serious question, "Where is Vas?"
Parent - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) Date 2014-06-10 18:03
Haha, looks like Carsten Hansel :-)
Parent - By NDFD (*) Date 2014-02-18 14:16

>Where is Vas?

In the restroom.
Parent - - By Rebel (****) Date 2014-02-19 11:32

> ?

Since december last year I have a Rybka V version, someone namelessly pointed out how to get it.

It's no longer available but traces are left.

Connect the dots yourself.
Parent - - By Carl Bicknell (*****) Date 2014-02-19 11:40 Edited 2014-02-19 11:50

This is extraordinary news. I have heard - on good authority - that there is no Rybka 5 UCI in the works, but your post might contradict that. The link you provide leads nowhere, did you ever test this version?!
Parent - By Rebel (****) Date 2014-02-19 15:35 Edited 2014-02-19 15:37
Looks real at first glance, has a similarity of 62.1% with 4.1

Small chance it's a fake someone trying to pull Vas' leg again.

But ever since Robodini times you can't be sure, meaning there are some people out there who are able.
Parent - By Fulcrum2000 (****) Date 2014-02-19 13:45
As this points to an illegal warez distribution site, I think we can safely assume the Rybka V is a fake...
Parent - - By irulats (****) Date 2014-02-20 00:20

> Connect the dots yourself.

I connected the dots here and got a file compiled in 2008 with SHA256: 4b20fd22d443cfcabe50c69da681dbd02790c68bf9c96143508f53512b6f6dcf . Is this what we're talking about? It looks like an old Rybka.
Parent - - By Rebel (****) Date 2014-02-20 07:16 Edited 2014-02-20 07:18
I think you are right, it's Rybka 3 and that "exiftool" util is very handy.

Are you also aware of the password protected zip file "123456CR5.7z" that came with it?

Parent - - By irulats (****) Date 2014-02-20 21:53 Edited 2014-02-20 22:46
Yes, I saw that but had no p/w for it. Did you get a look at what's in it? I presumed it was just the same R3.exe since if I 7zip it has the same size. :smile:
Parent - By Rebel (****) Date 2014-02-22 10:23
At first glance I assumed it was source-code as what other higher priority can there be if you leave the executable unprotected. But you make a good point regarding the sizes although it gives a sloppy impression. There are tools that suggest they can guess a lost password, I tried a few but they are a joke. For instance, protecting a file with the password "abc" and then not able to find it after hours.
- By RFK (Gold) Date 2014-02-08 01:24

Feast of Silence

- By rumplestiltskin Date 2018-01-21 17:08
Vas deferens? Who cares about the little fishy?
- - By Antares (****) Date 2018-02-21 21:21
Vas last post...

181 785 600 seconds...
3 029 760 minutes...
50 496 hours...
300 weeks and 4 days...
2104 days... ago.

Boyz, we're getting old...
Parent - - By Akbarfan (***) Date 2018-02-22 02:07
He worked for Chessbase a few months ago.

To improve Fritz 15 (new Fritz16 engine) (you know it). :smile:

But he wasn't able to improve her significantly. :eek:

Only a paltry 20 Elo increase. :lol::lol::lol:

Forget Vas
Parent - - By Ozymandias (****) Date 2018-02-22 08:58

>He worked for Chessbase a few months ago.

I won't believe that until I see hard proof (video from their security cameras, showing him at CB HQ on a regular basis).
Parent - - By Labyrinth (*****) Date 2018-02-22 12:25
He wouldn't have to physically be there, just send them an updated engine.
Parent - - By Ozymandias (****) Date 2018-02-22 12:29
I know, but I doubt he would film his work at home, so the only possibility for them to have proof, would be the one I mention.
Parent - - By turbojuice1122 (Gold) Date 2018-03-02 14:13
I remember that he said long ago that one of his future endeavors was to create an engine that would be a good training partner and make mistakes in a human-like way.  His Fritz 15/16 work is consistent with this, though I don't know how well he succeeded, as I have been out of the loop on this stuff for awhile (and will probably remain so indefinitely).
Parent - - By Ozymandias (****) Date 2018-03-03 06:38
That's new to me, maybe he did something after all. But the most important part of an engine, the grunt work required to keep the Elo chase... I'm sure he didn't take part in that.

The reason why I'm so sceptic about the whole enterprise, is that when they marketed the original engine (F15), I was already suspicious, and upon checking those suspicions, I found out I was right to be. Whatever I didn't confirm at the time, became fact later on (no F15.1, almost no progress with F16).

And yet, still some people expect to see Vas again.
Parent - By Antares (****) Date 2018-03-03 12:36
1) I'm not "some people"! :grin:
2) Like a lot sometime-successful sportsmen he may missed the right time to retire (still i think the CB-deal earns him good money), yet he has his place in computer-chess history... it's just not clear whether it's the Hall of Fame or Blame!?
Parent - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2018-04-07 04:18
Vas will come back when his daughter has graduated college.
Parent - - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2018-04-07 04:20
Why would he put anything more than that. He keeps them hungry so they need him for future releases. He probably has 100 ELO in gains but is spreading the releases out.
Parent - - By Akbarfan (***) Date 2018-04-07 10:46
Very daring these.

The shot backfired, I don't have a fritz 16 and won't buy a 17/18 anymore.
and others will also do so.

Only the unsuspecting few will still fall for it.
Parent - - By Uly (Gold) Date 2018-04-16 20:40 Edited 2018-04-16 20:43

But, eh, it wasn't really my choice. Vas ruled me out when he stopped supporting my machine. And I refuse to live with a crippled 32bit version that would work, I'd rather have nothing at all.
Parent - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2018-05-27 03:30
Uly your Q6600 still cranking?
Parent - - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2018-07-23 01:16
Parent - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2019-05-03 05:52

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