2 responses to “Sergey Shipov on Ukraine’s other chess genius”

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Shipov that we must be doubtful of this report. But I think we must also give Mr. Andriy Slyusharchuk the benefit of the doubt before pronouncing judgment on him. There were people who were known to have been able to memorize huge quantities of data. Doubtless, Andriy Slyusharchuk was also boastful in some of his remarks, like for example, that he would also beat (maybe easily, too!) Houdini. But being a bag of wind doesn’t really necessarily translate into being a sham.

    The real solution to this problem would be to stage a match under stricter conditions between Andriy Slyusharchuk and Rybka (or better yet, Houdini) and then, only then, we would be able to pronounce our proper judgment (free of bias) on this guy Andriy Slyusharchuk.

  2. I thought that in the rare event that the program loses a game that is of particular significance, the programmers would make an update. Otherwise the opponent could play the same game and win again.

    Or they employ a randomizing function when there are several candidate moves of similar value, so you won’t get the same game again.

    So I’m not sure he could perform the magic trick the way Shipov claims. Still, I agree such a trick must have been played, or else Slyusharchuk has only to play a few matches against humans to become a real sensation.

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