It's an opinion based on decades of chess study and experience.
Uh, decades of study and experience the result
is what-- 1750 or so USCF? Let's try to keep
things in perspective, Dr. Knowitall. Even Sam
Sloan is a better "authority" here, based on his
objective results OTB. And if it's only time that
counts, then we can surely rustle up an old timer
or two, who will trump any claim to authority by
a relative youngster like Mr.Kingston.
Conclusive evidence would require a dissertation
Spare us! We've already seen what can
happen to logic and reason when they are
placed under the stewardship of the likes of
Mr. Kingston. One is reminded of Dr. Zaius
in the movie Planet of the Apes, who was in
charge of the disposition of Charlton Heston's
unfortunate character, not to mention also
being the Minister of Science-- "True
Science" being that which does not conflict
with one's religious dogmas.
He clearly had a vastly inflated idea of their importance.
The comment by SAT-W7 earlier in this thread indicates he does also.
Getting ready to LEAP from this observation
to "most" and "not very important"?
Take Sanny, for instance; he gives a
bonus/penalty of half a point for /any/ doubling
of pawns-- even favorable ones.
A very relevant case in point. Sanny has absolutely no idea why and/
or when doubled pawns are good or bad, and how to capitalize on them.
I asked him, for example, what should be White's general plan to
capitalize on Black's doubled pawns in the Exchange Ruy Lopez.
You should first have sent him one of your
books on that opening, to be fair. One can
not simply "demand" answers to questions
of one's own choosing. Then again, that's
precisely what the Orangutans did to poor
Charlton Heston, after stripping him naked
but before gagging and restraining him so
they could proceed with their version of
America's own "monkey" trial.
He did not respond, obviously because he hasn't the vaguest notion. So his
program plays against the Nimzo-Indian badly because it has an
exaggerated fear of doubled pawns
Non sequitur; in the few games I've seen
from the Kramnik era, I noticed that the
(now former) world champ liked to avoid
doubled pawns as White-- he typically
played Q-c2 and then recaptured on c3
with his Queen to avoid doubled pawns--
even if this meant a small loss of time.
Well then, if it's good enough for a world
champion, you can't blast Sanny for a
supposedly irrational or exaggerated fear
/on that basis/.
and it promiscuously exchanges
bishops for knights in the mistaken belief that it's gaining a
definite advantage by inflicting doubled pawns.
As I recall, one of the people who has at
times bashed Sanny's program for allowing
the human opponent to inflict doubled pawns
is none other than Mr. Kingston himself! So
we have poor Sanny, who doesn't know any-
thing about chess, being slapped around by
the likes of TK for the program's handling of
doubled pawns; but later, after Sanny has
taken pains to correct the problem, along
comes Mr. Kingston again-- this time to kick
poor Sanny's teeth in for penalizing the doub-
ling of pawns.
One is reminded of a famous Humphrey
Bogart line-- "he was the kind of guy who
would kick your teeth in, and then slap you
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