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contact address or email of Steen Suurballe

Post by Norbert Raimund Leisner » Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:03 pm

Hello,

is anyone of you a member of Linked in and/or keep in touch with Steen Suurballe, the author of Gandalf?

cf. https://dk.linkedin.com/in/steen-suurballe-977a3ba
January 2010-January 2011 Design and Development of version 7 of my commercial computer chess program Gandalf. Various design changes and multithreaded capabilities added

As far I know , v6 was last edition sold by Lokasoft B.V. including Chess-Partner GUI http://www.lokasoft.nl/gandalf6.aspx

The company TOP-TOY, probably a previous employer, wrote to me:
Steen Suurballe is unfortunately not working with us anymore, so we cannot forward you an email to get in touch with him via us.

I will ask him if the former shareware editions could be publicly released
now for free . What´s it all about version 7? You can contact me here via private message.

Best wishes,
Norbert

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Post by kiroje » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:02 pm

Hello Norbert

I just talked to Steen today, and he have no problems with someone hosting all available versions also 6.

The commercial side of his chess program was stopped 10-12 years ago - so there is no problems in this.

I asked if he would come to the Talkchess forum to answer questions etc. and it may happen :)

Else maybe I could gather questions and send to him and maybe we will get some answers.

With regards
Kim

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Post by Guenther » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:19 pm

kiroje wrote:Hello Norbert

I just talked to Steen today, and he have no problems with someone hosting all available versions also 6.

The commercial side of his chess program was stopped 10-12 years ago - so there is no problems in this.

I asked if he would come to the Talkchess forum to answer questions etc. and it may happen :)

Else maybe I could gather questions and send to him and maybe we will get some answers.

With regards
Kim
This is great news!

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Post by mclane » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:33 pm

When I met him first in Munich championship, he was dressed very well and said to me: my name is bond, James Bond.

Then I found out that he said: my name is surballe, steen surballe.
But it sounded similar.

The 2, dan wolf and steen, were very nice people. I loved the program and the nice guys from Denmark.
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Here we have a fairy tale of the day after tomorrow....

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Post by BrendanJNorman » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:50 am

kiroje wrote:Hello Norbert

I just talked to Steen today, and he have no problems with someone hosting all available versions also 6.

The commercial side of his chess program was stopped 10-12 years ago - so there is no problems in this.

I asked if he would come to the Talkchess forum to answer questions etc. and it may happen :)

Else maybe I could gather questions and send to him and maybe we will get some answers.

With regards
Kim
Amazing to hear. Gandalf is a fantastic engine (another old-school favourite) and the author seems like a fantastic guy.

If you guys like, I'd be happy to host it on my site as well as create a nice page dedicated to Gandalf (and Mr Suurballe's) history, achievements etc.

Just let me know, it'd be an honour. :wink:

Alternatively, I know that Frank would be rolling in excitement at the prospect of helping out hosting such a priceless engine as well.

For me Gandalf being available is more exciting than Houdini 5 lol. :lol:

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Post by Frank Quisinsky » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:11 am

Hi Brendon,

Gandalf 4.32 comes from Winboard Edition I by Gambit-Soft I do. Version 4 is in my opinion stronger as Version 5 ... later available from Ed. And after Gandalf 6 comes by Lokasoft. Gandalf 7 are not availalbe.

Gandalf 6 is stronger as Gandalf 4 but lost a bit the great playing style in the middlegame ... my personal opinion after more as 4.000 games I have here.

I had a lot of Gandalf 432a, 4.32d, 4.32f, 4.32g, 4.32h, 5.0, 5.1., 5.2, 6 versions in my directory. I also have the older Gandalf versions 2.0, 3.0 ... commercial available as DOS version.

Ed don't like UCI and I powered UCI after I powered Winboard. So I believe Gandalf 5 is WB by Ed, I have it as UCI too.

The eval from Gandalf is particulary at this time. I can search on my Winboard Edition CD the information about it by Steen. Have this main information in my brain today. More or less ... Gandalf used two eval options. But I am not the programmer to explain it. Hope I am right here.

Gandalf 4.32h was the number 2 in the World in times I made it available. But differnet testers made some errors in winboard configuration and like it to public bad results. I think commercial testers, I don't know why they made that in the past. German "Rochade", SSDF and others. The results are bad but in each of my results (with absolutely correct settings) Gandalf won vs. all the TOP-Engines at this time with a very nice playing style and much stronger hardware as in the other test-results. Gandalf is an engine ... need a bit more time (double eval).

Can be easy find out ... Fritz vs. Gandalf today and each one can see it ... Gandalf is stronger as the older Fritz versions, available at this time. Different programs are stronger but unfortunately not available ... Chess Wizard for the next example. Ferret for the next example ... a Spain program for the next example. But Ferret and ChessWizard are never available. But games from the engines we can analyse.

In the past different of top programmers are thinking ... never, never a winboard engine can beat us.

Gandalf was great to for a higher attention for the topic "Winboard". Because most interesting available engines at this time are compatible to Winboard. And "The Winboarder" community are bigger and bigger.

So Steen do a lot ...
Also the Gandalf book was very good, all the times ...

Really a nice engine ... very important for powered "protocols". Winboard and UCI.

Most interesting version ... most aggressive, most nice playing style in my opinion absolutely clear was Gandalf 4.32d !!

Gandalf vs. AnMon ...
Gandalf vs. Zarkov ...
AnMon vs. Zakrov ...

In the past ... and I am happy!

This combination of eng-eng games under Winboard ... just great. In my opinion computer chess total!

Best
Frank

I have it all ...
And much others ... :-)
Looking how good are our collectors... for find out it. My harddisk is open for all others if the programmer give the OK for a new publication. I can give my OK for Gandalf 4 versions ... available on a CD I created for Gambit-Soft.

D. Wulf should have more Gandalf versions I have ... think so ... main tester and created the opening book for Gandalf.
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Post by Frank Quisinsky » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:53 am

Today we all must have the opinion ...

Thanks Steen because without Steen I think I have much more work to powered the protocol Winboard. All what we have today is the results by programmers like Steen Surrballe. Steen do it ... and most of other commercial don't do it ... WINBOARD !!!

Without the important protocols and the work differnet people do in background we never have so many compatible engines today. Prof. Djordje Vidanovic do a lot in background in the past. Volker Pittlik and much others.

But most important ... are programmers develops the stronger engines. And from Steen I had the full support !!!

So ...
Gandalf is one of the most important parts in computer chess history for the most important point today ... compatibility and protocols. Furthermore an engine with the most spectacular playing style ... OK the style from Hiarcs and Junior are good too.

:-)

Many years later ... Hiarcs and Junior are compatible too.
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Post by Norbert Raimund Leisner » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:05 pm

As far I know, Gandalf 4.32 (and former edtions) were distributed by Gambit Soft* http://gambitsoft.com/gambit1d.htm from Rottweil Germany, cf. Peter Schreiner´s (ChessBase) review in German language here:

http://scleinzell.schachvereine.de/p_sp ... 432f.shtml
http://scleinzell.schachvereine.de/p_sp ... 2f_b.shtml
http://scleinzell.schachvereine.de/p_sp ... 2f_c.shtml`

cf. Wayback Archive http://web.archive.org/web/200112240502 ... andalf.htm

Gandalf 5.0 comes with ChessPartner 5.1 Copyright 1994-2001 by Lokasoft
Gandalf 6.0 comes with ChessPartner 5.4 Copyright 1994-2006 by Lokasoft

Conclusion: ChessPartner GUI cannot be published generally without Lex Loep´s permission, only the Gandalf chess engine.

Both applications can be launched under Windows 7 32-bit SP1 in compatibility mode "XP SP3" and administrator rights.

Dan Wulff wrote the Gandalf´s opening book. I am not a Facebook user, but perhaps can ask Dan https://www.facebook.com/danwulff.kristensen
whether his opening book can be released free available too.

Last not least: If some beta testers have still Edition 7, please do not hesitate to contact Frank and me, of course.

Best wishes,
Norbert

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Post by Norbert Raimund Leisner » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:06 pm

As far I know, Gandalf 4.32 (and former edtions) were distributed by Gambit Soft* http://gambitsoft.com/gambit1d.htm from Rottweil Germany, cf. Peter Schreiner´s (ChessBase) review in German language here:

http://scleinzell.schachvereine.de/p_sp ... 432f.shtml
http://scleinzell.schachvereine.de/p_sp ... 2f_b.shtml
http://scleinzell.schachvereine.de/p_sp ... 2f_c.shtml`

cf. Wayback Archive http://web.archive.org/web/200112240502 ... andalf.htm

Gandalf 5.0 comes with ChessPartner 5.1 Copyright 1994-2001 by Lokasoft
Gandalf 6.0 comes with ChessPartner 5.4 Copyright 1994-2006 by Lokasoft

Conclusion: ChessPartner GUI cannot be published generally without Lex Loep´s permission, only the Gandalf chess engine.

Both applications can be launched under Windows 7 32-bit SP1 in compatibility mode "XP SP3" and administrator rights.

Dan Wulff wrote the Gandalf´s opening book. I am not a Facebook user, but perhaps can ask Dan https://www.facebook.com/danwulff.kristensen
whether his opening book can be released free available too.

Last not least: If some beta testers have still Edition 7, please do not hesitate to contact Frank and me, of course.

Best wishes,
Norbert

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Post by Frank Quisinsky » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:16 pm

Hi Norbert,

for the others:

I create a file, around 30 winboard versions and 15 UCI versions, DOS version 2.1 and 3.0 with the book files by Dann and configuration examples for Winboard and Chessbase GUI (for the WB versions).

Furthermore:
Included are develop files for Gandalf 4, 5, 6 as UCI engines (Lokasoft GUI not needed, no copy protection).

That's what I have.

The Gambit-Soft CD Norbert worte I created.
I created in the past for Gambit-Soft the Gandalf 4.32f CD and a CD with UCI engines in times I powered UCI.

What I not have are the Gandalf 7 files.
Never have it ... no contacts to Steen at this time.

But older of my beta testers for the Gambit-Soft CD later tested for Steen directly and have it.

And again, sure that Dan Wulff have much more material to Gandalf. Dan created the opening book and was the main tester from Gandalf. I am only one of the fan boys from Gandalf, not more no less ... better ... I need the engine for a better publicity to Winboard / UCI protocols ... my main interest. Of course, Gandalf is a great program and was the Number 2 in the World at the time I generated the material for Gandalf 4.32f.

Not sure what of the material, included in the 83Mb I can public again on my site.

I will not have problems with Ed Schröder / Lokasoft / Steen or Dan. Have enough other things to do.

Again ...
I have here all the older material from times ... I powered Winboard and UCI with Volker, Gambit-Soft, Djordje and much others. All the material is sure here but I will give it if the programmers give here OK.

Best
Frank
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