The basic overview is:
1) Rybka 3 will be carried by three parties: Convekta, ChessBase, and rybkachess.com.
2) ChessBase will carry Rybka + Fritz interface on DVD. rybkachess.com will carry standalone Rybka UCI for download. Convekta will carry (up to) six combinations - with & without interface, Chess Assistant 10 & Aquarium interfaces, download & DVD.
3) The three releases are intended as equal in principle - equal dates, equal Rybka version, approximately equal prices. Obviously, the interfaces will differ.
4) All Rybka versions will be UCI. UCI extensions will be open and published after release.
5) 32-bit & 64-bit versions are included in all packages. Default, humanized, dynamic and Chess960 versions are also included in all packages.
6) Rybka 3 is a one-time release, ie. no engine updates. The next Rybka versions will be Rybka 4 in the summer of 2009. There may be interface updates - this is up to Convekta & ChessBase.
7) Jeroen's opening book will be carried exclusively by ChessBase. In the interest of interoperability and point #3 above, it will be sold as a separate entity.
8) A free Rybka package will also be available for download from rybkachess.com. It will include Jeroen's RybkaII.ctg and Rybka v2.2n2.
Those of you who wait for email responses, please don't be offended by the delays. I'll answer everything next week.
also will casebase version for book work with aqui??
see point 7:
""Jeroen's opening book will be carried exclusively by ChessBase. In the interest of interoperability and point #3 above, it will be sold as a separate entity."
If you want the book and you do not want the chessbase interface then
you can buy the book from chessbase and the other components not from chessbase.
> 8) A free Rybka package will also be available for download from rybkachess.com. It will include Jeroen's RybkaII.ctg and Rybka v2.2n2.
This seems pretty generous to say the least, it's like a free download of the single processor versions of Shredder 10, Junior 9 or HIARCS 11 along with their commercial books! I hope this starts a precedent for the other authors to do same - cheers ;)
But in a fine matter: shortly, objectively, fully. :-)
/* Steinar */
This can't be good!
But in Chessbase in the book options pane, you can change some properties of the book to adjust its play like:
Variety of Play, Tournament book, Influence of learn value etc..... That way you can guide the book to play the moves you want and also have increased weight in some moves you want to play more frequently.
Can Aquarium handle this also?
Also from what date can the Aquarium be offered? August 1st or 4th or something else?
Also how big is the download? I guess it's less than 1 GB? Can we use download managers?
> Can Aquarium handle this also?
No, the .ctg files are read-only in Aquarium.
I don't know, books is not the point that would make me buy Aquarium. IDeA is another cup of tea, though.
> I might simply buy nothing having to do with Rybka 3
Why wouldn't you buy the standalone Rybka 3 UCI?
>8) A free Rybka package will also be available for download from rybkachess.com. It will include Jeroen's RybkaII.ctg and Rybka v2.2n2.
I would prefer if reconsidered this.
Competition will do good to you also. If with an action of yours, even having a good purpose, you destroy competition or anyway degrade it then perhaps it would harm Rybka also. I mean if you are relaxed in your +200 ELO throne and nobody threatens you, then your desire to create something stronger, something more amazing will normally decrease.
So by releasing Rybka 2.2n2 for free, which is stronger than any non-Rybka engine(commercials included) you disenchant, you dishearten, you literally lead to frustration the "competitors".
Also there is another important reason also. There would be some people(perhaps many) that would not buy another non-Rybka engine, since it would be weaker than the free Rybka 2.2.n2. That would make even more harm to the "competitors" as they would see their sales to decrease.
So perhaps for these 2 reasons, that move of releasing Rybka 2.2.n2 for free, would indeed discourage some programmers not to continue working in their engine. I hope this would not happen.
But it may happen so i would like you to reconsider your decision.... :-)
P.S I don't currently have Rybka 2.2n2 and would very much like it for free.So my above comment may have some bias.
> I think you are saying it may be more convenient to access some of the Rybka 3 features with the new Rybka-Fritz GUI as opposed to Fritz 11
Fritz 11 has no access to the features, even though the features are there.
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