Testimonials

Just like to to say thank you for all the hard work and effort you have put into STS. I believe that is especially for amatuers who don't have access to 100's of processors. It is has proved to invaluable to me as a fast (and accurate) method of tuning Jabba's evaluation function... which still has a long way to go!! Smile emoticon. Well done and keep up the good work, it is very much appreciated.
 
Richard Albert, Holland, the author of Jabba and Lime

"The Strategic Test Suite is an indispensable tool for testing any engine improvement that I implement. Swaminathan and Dann Corbit have provided a simple way to evaluate many critical aspects of a chess engine's evaluation. You know that if your score in these tests increases, then your engine is stronger -- it's that simple. "

John Merlino, U.S.Athe author of Myrddin 

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These results make me think that I should be using STS to help tune my evaluation function directly. 
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Testing with a statistically significant number of games takes a long time for each idea you have. 
 I think I should use STS to help identify the promising ideas and filter out the ones that definitely aren't helpful, then only do full testing on the ideas that look good in STS. That would make my turnaround time a lot faster and let me test more ideas. So thanks for your hard work on this suite; I think it will make my testing faster and more productive for 1.7.

- Aaron Becker, U.S.A, the author of Daydreamer
http://github.com/AaronBecker/daydreamer

"It is a great piece of work Swaminathan and Dann Corbit have delivered! It is a great tool that can be used to identify weaknesess in the evaluation-fucntion in specific positions. Good to have when you are not that good at chess yourself. I really appreciate this project for being freely available to the public. keep up the good work!"  


-Stephan Vermeire, Hollandthe author of Brutus

"Strategic Test Suite is wonderful for both - chess programmers and chess players. 
The different STS subjects are perfect extension to a better evaluation function development and human analysis! Excellent work!" 

- Mincho Georgiev, Bulgaria, the Author of Pawny

"I really appreciate the effort you (and Dann Corbit) put into the STS. I always use the STS tests when changing anything in Plisk. They really help with engine tuning and testing/validation. Keep up the good work and I am looking forwards to new ones."

- Vlad Stamate, the Author of Plisk  
http://sites.google.com/site/pliskchess/

"The test suites are very interesting. My opinion is that this tests is good for tuning one's engine. I noticed that there is a positive correlation with higher score and engine strength. "

- Edsel Apostol, Philippines, the author of Twisted Logic
"This test suite is cooler than Antarctica!!!!!!!!!!" "a really nice test suite, great for amateur authors. It's very well tested with the latest engines and hardware so its virtually cook-free. It's pretty difficult, and the positions are interesting. So if you're like me, you get a pretty good idea just how much your engine fails!"

Zach Wegner
, U.S.A, the Author of ZCT  
http://zct.sourceforge.net/

"STRATEGIC TEST SUITE IS A EXCELLENT WORK. THIS IS VERY INTERESTING FOR CHESS PROGRAMMERS, CHESS BETA TESTERS AND SIMPLY CHESS PLAYERS.
THX TO SWAMINATAN AND CORBIT." 

- Maurizio Platino, Italy, the permanent Beta-Tester of Brutus

If you have tried STS and liked it, and wanted to send me the testimonial, you can contact me at nswaminathan2 at gmail dot com.  Thank You! 


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