Some of you may have heard about the pompously titled "Ultimate Computer Chess Challenge 2007." Paradoxically, it is between Fritz and Junior, chess engines that aren't even close to being the best according to the rating lists. There was no qualification match and the top engines were never even given a chance to participate. :o
Chessbase and the FIDE, as if by divine wisdom, decided to use Fritz and Junior (a win-win situation for Chessbase which sells both). The #1 chess engine by more than 75 ELO and compared to Fritz/Junior by more than 150 ELO was not even considered (http://www.husvankempen.de/nunn/40_4_Ratinglist/40_4_BestVersion/rangliste.html). Of course, many people were appalled.
As such, it is no surprise that Vasik Rajlich, the author of Rybka, offered a $100,000 prize fund (probably from his own pocket) so that his chess engine can just have a chance to be seen. Read more here: http://rybkachess.com/docs/ChallengeToFIDE.htm and show your support by telling others and e-mailing Chessbase about the news here: http://www.chessbase.com/contact/mail/feedback.aspx. If this isn't publicized it will go unnoticed. After which, the FIDE and Chessbase will continue with their sham while the top engine authors will be getting the finger despite their tireless efforts. This doesn't seem moral to me. >
What do you think about this?