OT: Fritz charade silliness

From: Alejandro Dubrovsky (s328940@student.uq.edu.au)
Date: Tue Oct 08 2002 - 05:36:11 MDT

Tomaz Kristan wrote:
A charade is going on now, in Bahrain. To prove, that Kramnik, a human,
is able to defeat Fritz, the program.

Why a charade? While Beep Blue in its duel with Kasparov, has checked
up to a billion moves per second, Fritz is running on a hardware which
permits only 3.5 million checks per second. Despite the fact, this
program could use much more computing power easily available today,
it's prevented to.

A pathetic try to prove, that a human brains will be the ultimate chess
player, for quite some time?
Well, silly but effective manipulation. Most people will buy it.

ok, so i'm one who buys the charade. Deep Blue is no more, so
comparisons to it are useless. Fritz is a PC program, arguably one of
the best in the world (ie no other program will thrash it on a long
match). It's running on an 8-way, 900MHz PIII-Xeon. That's about as
fast a PC as you can get nowadays. What exactly is your complaint?
What software and what hardware are available at the moment that you
think should be playing instead of Fritz? (remember, fritz doesn't run
on supercomputers since it's a hyper-optimised x86 program with very
likely huge chunks of hand-tuned assembly. it could be ported to
supercomps but people don't have supercomputers, so the programmer is
unlikely to be tempted into doing this)

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