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- - By Uly (Gold) Date 2019-11-11 01:56
It's official, Fritz 17 will be powered by the Ginkgo engine, so the days of rebranded Rybka are over.

Rest in Peace. At least it had a good run.
Parent - - By The Truth (**) Date 2019-12-25 17:49
Vas could've kept larry and make annual +50 elo release, it could have been still no.1 engine for the majority of 2010s till the arrival of lc0 and would have been in komodo's place right now. Dominating the rating list for 5 years probably got to Vasik's head and he became complacent and spent too much effort on the cluster and rental program and went into development hell till it was too late and lost the elo lead. Kinda similar to what's happening to intel cpus right now.
Parent - By RFK (Gold) Date 2019-12-26 07:22
Rybka had its day and it was good!
We are all born into death and hope we die into life!
Rybka, attempted a reincarnation. Rybka was lost to the ethereal once it was opened! Puff gone!
Fritz-Rybka-Rybka-Fritz , not enough Abhidharma to  make a scholastic reworking of its essential Buddha coded software material nature! Reiteration of what once was failed to materialize -but did it? Or was the reincarnation like any great source to be found in another Abhidharma entirely? We are all of the same spirit! Computer Chess lives in the spirit of those who enthusiastically pursue the goal of its excellence!
Parent - - By Uly (Gold) Date 2019-12-28 19:51

> he became complacent

Or maybe he tried hard to improve the engine but couldn't. It certainly was an eye opener when Rybka 5 finally was released, and it was clear it was the strongest engine Vas was able to provide to the Fritz brand, and it was hardly any better than Rybka 4.1.

To put things into perspective, when Rybka 5 was released it was weaker than Shredder 13! And even weaker than Chiron 4. And I'm just talking about commercial software, by the time Vas couldn't even touch open source engines, Rybka 6 appeared and was behind EIGHT open source engines! And it was for the Fritz brand, so I think Vas tried his best, and that was his peak.

People can say a lot of things about other topics that happened at the time, but I honestly don't think that if history happened differently, Vas magically would have become a more talented programmer. Imagine an alternate history line where none of the controversies happened, and in that line, the code that would have provided a much stronger Rybka didn't exist, because Vas with access to 8 open source engines stronger than Rybka couldn't touch them in ours.
Parent - - By Ozymandias (****) Date 2019-12-29 17:11
I don't think he touched the code after the hack, other than to develop the cluster. Once that project died at the hands of Houdini, the only thing he did was to delete the strictly cluster-related code, in order to hand it over to CB. That was F15, F16 was whatever they could do to tune the engine, without Vas. And without him, F17 couldn't realistically be another Rybka.
Parent - - By Uly (Gold) Date 2020-01-12 16:03
Vas was always very protective of his code, I don't think he would give it to anybody, not even CB if they gave him the Fritz brand in exchange. I believe F16 was Vas improving the engine as much as he could, and he could only add 30 ELO (which was amazing back when he was #1!). If he gave CB their code, they could probably have added more than him working for a year, but I believe they didn't just buy the code, they hired him as a programmer, and after deeming him not good enough they went for someone else.
Parent - - By Ozymandias (****) Date 2020-01-12 17:13
Had they hired him, they would've been able to actually interview him, instead of concocting that half-fake  Abert Silver signed.
Parent - By Uly (Gold) Date 2020-01-13 01:58
I mean hiring him from a distance, like beta testers are hired (except they're not paid, presumably Vas was paid.)
Parent - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2021-01-09 02:49 Upvotes 1
Remember the clone wars? without Vas many of the top 10 engines wouldn't exist. Think about that. Vas had a huge influence on computer chess history. He won't be forgotten even if he never visits this forum again.
Parent - By Geomusic (*****) Date 2021-01-09 02:54 Upvotes 1
Progress occurs off the shoulders of giants. Vasik was one of those giants.
Parent - By user923005 (****) Date 2019-12-26 08:32
After the ICGA disaster, I imagine that things were difficult.
He probably has better things to do anyway.
A person talented enough to make a world class chess engine can make a lot better money doing other things
- By RFK (Gold) Date 2019-12-27 00:03
Vasik Rajlich-through the creation of Rybka, and the development of this forum; evolved into a community of souls  dedicating themselves to the  hobby of computer chess.

This forum gave inspiration to put some on the road to  building their own desktop computers, putting  Rybka  into  game analysis, match and tournament, testing.

Rybka brought life to this forum on a large scale! When the chess engine stopped being developed this forum began to lose its heat.

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