anonymous coward wrote:I appreciate principles, strategy, and statistical analysis done to prepare the Season 6 opening book http://open-chess.org/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=2639. It sounds like a lot of work was done and the goals were clearly thought out and well reasoned. The only problem I see is that the analysis was done with engines released a couple months prior to the tournament. Of course, the engines have progressed since then - and these newer versions are what actually participated in Season 6 - thereby raising into question whether some (if not most?) of the analysis has become obsolete ... especially by the time K & S played the Superfinal ... arguably, the most important time to have proper analysis on the opening book.
To improve this for Season 7, perhaps a shorter opening book would be in order? In other words, keep the principles that were used to choose the Season 6 openings, but shorten the book to just the first 3 moves (6 plies). In this fashion, the appearance of humans and/or older engines muddling the opening book is lessened, and the engines in the tournament would choose which moves to make from an earlier point in the game (rather than what some previously released version of an engine may have analysed months ago). This should also greatly reduce the amount of work needed to generate the Season 7 opening book ... so a win for the tournament directors as well as the fans!
fauzi wrote:I agree that the number of moves used in the opening book should be lesser than what we seen in season 6 to give more free to engines and alot of other reasons
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