Larry Kaufman is a Grandmaster of chess, and has teamed in the development of two champion computer chess programs, Rybka and Komodo. I have known him from chess tournaments since the 1970s. He earned the title of International Master (IM) from the World Chess Federation in 1980, a year before I did. He earned his GM title in 2008 by dint of winning the World Senior Chess Championship, equal with GM Mihai Suba.
Today we salute Komodo for winning the 7th Thoresen Chess Engines Competition (TCEC), which some regard as the de-facto world computer chess championship.
Kaufman first worked on the Rybka chess program with its originator, Vasik Rajlich. In 2008 his manner of tuning the evaluation function by field testing helped create a big leap in strength from version 2.3.1 to version 3 of Rybka. Hence Rybka 3 became the clear choice of master engine for my…
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