[FOM] Checkers is a draw

hendrik@topoi.pooq.com hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Sat Jul 28 18:24:50 EDT 2007

On Thu, Jul 26, 2007 at 07:18:30PM -0700, Randall R Schulz wrote:
> On Thursday 26 July 2007 08:30, joeshipman at aol.com wrote:
> > I have a master's rating, and I own several Grandmaster-level chess
> > engines. I rarely beat them when playing "straight", but I find it
> > quite easy to beat any of them when I am allowed to use the "move
> > takeback" option repeatedly.
> Well, that's not chess as its rules define it, is it? It's chess with 
> time-travel into one's own past (while carrying back information from 
> the future, of course). It really tells us nothing about you or 
> these "engines," does it?

It does show that those Grandmaster-level chess engines don't play 
unbeatable chess, and that you don't have to be a Grandmaster-level 
player to demonstrate this.

I think this was the piont of the take-back-moves argument.

-- hendrik

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