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by hgm
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Engines playing Musketeer Chess, good price
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Engines playing Musketeer Chess, good price

I now also implemented 'holdingless Seirawan Chess' in WinBoard. Variant seirawan is unique in that it allows gating, but normally the pieces that can be gated are displayed left and right of the board in the holdings. When the user wants to gate them in he then first selects the piece to be gated, ...
by hgm
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Engines playing Musketeer Chess, good price
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Engines playing Musketeer Chess, good price

Note that engines tend to play rather deterministic, so usually engine tourneys force game diversity by starting the games from a forced opening line from a book. Even if it is just a book of random moves for lack of any real theory. But in the case of Musketeer Chess that would mean the prelude wil...
by hgm
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Engines playing Musketeer Chess, good price
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Engines playing Musketeer Chess, good price

One of the complicating features of Musketeer Chess is that each game starts with a 'prelude', where the players take turns to negociate an 'initial position' from which the normal play then starts. In Musketeer Chess this involves picking two participating piece types, and the files on which these ...
by hgm
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat

I am not criticizing that. But if up to now there is no public description of this game anywhere, it is of course a complete impossibility for any programmer to implement it, and not a matter of "not daring to consider it".
by hgm
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat

I guess that is not so much because they don't dare, but more because the rules are kept secret from them... :lol:
by hgm
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Weakening Komodo 13.2.5...
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Weakening Komodo 13.2.5...

It would actually make more sense to make this a GUI function.
by hgm
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat

That doesn't really sound like it is a form of chess... But we will see!
by hgm
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat

Even the simplest Chess engines nowadays can beat humans. Even Fairy-Max is very hard to beat for a club player in normal Chess. And Nebiyu is far stronger.

What would be the point of having a 3600-rated engine, if the strongest human would be 2100 Elo, and 2500-rated engines are available?
by hgm
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Real Ancient Chess from Bharat

You posted this before, and I will say the same thing again:

As long as you fail to divulge the rules of that game, you will never know how many engines already can play it, or what would be needed to make one that plays it.
by hgm
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Winboard.debug file missing.
Replies: 10
Views: 277

Re: Winboard.debug file missing.

Well, in engine-engine games WinBoard would sent a "computer" command to both players (after the variant and level commands) to inform them their opponent is an engine, and this is a configurable command, which could be altered though the -computerString option (e.g. to send a hard-coded egtpath com...