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by todd
Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Is e4 significantly better than d4?
Replies: 51
Views: 2178

Re: Is e4 significantly better than d4?

An I still think Lc0 bignet on my RTX 2070 is stronger positionally than any human. I think so too. My argument has nothing to do with who is better at positional play. What I am saying is that if you play Leela's moves as black at ~100m nodes and we play white's moves, if we start with either 1. d...
by todd
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Is e4 significantly better than d4?
Replies: 51
Views: 2178

Re: Is e4 significantly better than d4?

If you would like specific improvements for white on Leela's main lines with 1. c4 and 1. d4 that will result in Leela's evaluations for white increasing for after those moves are played, I can provide them Is there anything you can offer against 1.c4 e5 with the idea: 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5...
by todd
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Is e4 significantly better than d4?
Replies: 51
Views: 2178

Re: Is e4 significantly better than d4?

I don't know, I still seem to trust more Leela than even Larry. I have zero opening theory knowledge, but I am a bit skeptical when people come with some esoteric to me knowledge, while in the openings Leela already at 1 node is positionally probably GM level. Sorry, I think I will stick with my si...
by todd
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: The Busted Dutch
Replies: 89
Views: 2556

Re: The Busted Dutch

Though this is of little concern to correspondence or engine players, human players who play 1. d4 should also consider that black may play 1...e6, 1...d6, or 1...g6 followed by 2...f5. Book+engine assisted players can easily transpose to desirable king pawn openings when possible, but this can be a...
by todd
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: Dedicated Chess Machine Elo vs Human Elo, a least squares analysis
Replies: 11
Views: 1540

Re: Dedicated Chess Machine Elo vs Human Elo, a least squares analysis

Another possibility is that you are experienced at playing against lower rated engines and dealing with their specific strengths and weaknesses. They don't play much like humans at the same level, and some people are much better than others at playing against them. Practice helps a lot. I'm also exp...
by todd
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Smith Morra Bust?
Replies: 27
Views: 4458

Re: Smith Morra Bust?

"Bust" is a bit of an extreme word in this case. I have been communicating with him, and I found forced draws for white in his proposed line (and he agreed with my analysis). Nevertheless, I think he correctly claims that in his lines, black is the one pressing and white is (successfully, with good ...
by todd
Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: RSIF as alternative to armageddon
Replies: 70
Views: 10356

Re: RSIF as alternative to armageddon

Neat idea - I'll try to play a few games with friends who like variants. What happens if two conflicting conditions occur on the same move? For example, here, after black plays 1... Rc6, white plays 2. Nxc6, resulting in both stalemate and insufficient material. k1r5/8/1K6/4N3/8/8/8/8 b - - 0 1 Rep...
by todd
Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: RSIF as alternative to armageddon
Replies: 70
Views: 10356

Re: RSIF as alternative to armageddon

Neat idea - I'll try to play a few games with friends who like variants. What happens if two conflicting conditions occur on the same move? For example, here, after black plays 1... Rc6, white plays 2. Nxc6, resulting in both stalemate and insufficient material. k1r5/8/1K6/4N3/8/8/8/8 b - - 0 1 Repe...
by todd
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: What's up with this endgame?
Replies: 56
Views: 4691

Re: What's up with this endgame?

"Weak pawns" is a concept I do not have, so yeah, I probably lost this game because of inferior human chess knowledge. Pawn that cannot be protected by another pawn. It's worse if that pawn can't move. Here white has two weak pawns on d4 and f4 and loses. 8/8/4p3/B2pPp2/3P1P2/3K4/8/2k3b1 b - - 0 1 ...
by todd
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: What's up with this endgame?
Replies: 56
Views: 4691

Re: What's up with this endgame?

I have looked at this some more, and I don't see the loss until you played 53 ...gxf4. That is the only point where I am certain that you are lost. But it's clearly possible that my hardware and software is simply not adequate for this game. I think very few people would have access to computer tha...