Results CHESS 2010 POLL
Question 1: What is more important for you using a chess program, its performance against humans or its performance against other computers when the topic is playing strength?
Its performance against humans is more important 315 Its performance against other computers is more important 57 ABSTAIN 37Question 2: Given the fact that because of the ever increasing hardware speed-up these days chess programs are already tactical monsters, then what is more important for you using a chess program, its positional understanding or its tactical capabilities?
I prefer positional understanding above more tactical power 335 I prefer more tactical power above positional understanding 46 ABSTAIN 29Question 3: We have tried to explain that being the strongest chess program against other chess programs doesn't necessarily mean that the program in question is also the strongest chess program against humans. Do you agree with this proposition?
I agree with the proposition 345 I do not agree with the proposition 37 ABSTAIN 27Question 4: How do you use a chess program most?
For playing games, analysis and study 337 For playing computer vs computer and/or solving positions 59 ABSTAIN 13Question 5: Which is in your opinion the strongest chess program at the moment in the HUMAN versus COMP area?
REBEL 126 Hiarcs 64 Fritz 53 ChessMaster 29 Mchess 7 Crafty 7 Junior 6 Genius 3 Chess Tiger 3 Shredder 2 Nimzo 0 ABSTAIN 112Question 6: Which is in your opinion the strongest chess program at the moment in the COMPUTER versus COMPUTER area?
Fritz 119 Hiarcs 60 REBEL 40 ChessMaster 39 Chess Tiger 15 Junior 9 Shredder 7 Nimzo 2 Mchess 1 Genius 1 Crafty 1 ABSTAIN 114Question 7: Should chess programs be allowed to play in normal chess tournaments and get a FIDE rating?
YES, allow chess programs in FIDE 283 NO, do not allow chess programs in FIDE 101 ABSTAIN 26Question 8: If chess programs would have a FIDE rating would the order of chess programs in comparison with computer-computer lists (such as the SSDF) be different and to what extend?
SSDF vs FIDE would differ +/- 100 elo (or more) 138 SSDF vs FIDE would differ not much (+/- 50 elo) 141 SSDF vs FIDE would be in balance (+/- 20 elo) 29 ABSTAIN 100Question 9: We have tried to explain that adding new chess knowledge which makes a chess program a better positional player could lower the playing strength in the comp-comp area and that removing chess knowledge which makes a chess program a lower positional player on the other hand could improve its performance in the comp-comp area, then how would you like chess companies to handle this phenomenon in the future?
Do not compromize to the program's positional understanding 313 Do not compromize to the program's comp-comp performance 49 ABSTAIN 46Number of polls 413