Originally posted by KingOnPoint
Were you trying to be clear that you were really being sarcastic instead of serious about Carlsen and the other chess player? Couldn't Carlsen or whoever else have played Houdini or another chess program for preperation with Houdini or another program playing g4? Thus, possibly resulting in a g4 move for the human chess player in an OTB ...[text shortened]... cheating in an OTB game. He apparently left the scene without the investigators finding proof.
Irony and sarcasm are devices that may not cross cultures or language barriers particularly well. It can also be difficult for some people to appreciate, those who think more literally than others or some on the autistic spectrum for example.
Benford asked why there was a completely losing move in his engine's opening book. To me this question would be better addressed to the programme's compilers rather than RHP but, since he expected an answer, I gave him one.
In years gone by, mistakes in printed literature might be pointed out by the readership to the publishers. Even in chess opening literature this was the case, although there was sometimes the suspicion that the author might keep some things back, especially if they were an active GM. In addition, if you find a mistake in the work, why not keep it to yourself for use in a game.
That is how chess opening theory often works at competitive level in both OTB and CC. To me Benford's question appeared to ignore all these factors with the assumption that Houdini is somehow utterly infallible, or that he had paid money for something that was fallible. Not for nothing did Nimzovitch say "Theory is a short sighted lady".
The irony seizes on that assumption by creating a scenario that Houdini's manufacturer's deliberately put a duff opening move into their opening book
(rather than copying some GM game without question) to catch out those that follow their engine's book without question, typically amateurs cheating on the internet. Maybe the makers enlisted the help of Carlsen and Leko to give their move the aura of respectability.
The Leko v Carlsen game was played 7 years ago when Carlsen was about 14 and BEFORE Houdini was written and on sale. "After 7 years, one must find an improvement"
OK so my "composition" lacks the beauty of one of SwissGambit's problems and I had probably better not take up a second career in comedy writing.
As Einstein once said, if you can't explain it clearly - you do not understand it well enough.