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Norman Schmidt,
an American professional software engineer and avocational chess programmer, who resides in Belgium. He studied mathematics, computer science, systems and network engineering at University of Massachusetts, and music at Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music [1]. Concerning computer chess, he is proponent of not reinventing the wheel, and has cooperated with the Ippolit and RobboLito comrades [2] and Decembrists [3] [4], and led the effort to debug, stabilize, and improve Ippolit source code releases, translated RobboLito from Italo-Albanian dialect to English, and put RobboLito versions and his own derivate Fire under the GNU GPL. Beside IvanHoe, he hosts his own Fruit and Toga derivative Cyclone [5], and works with Dmitri Gusev and Matthew R. Brades on Firenzina [6].

Derivatives

In 2008, Norman Schmidt tried to distribute his Fruit and Toga derivative xyclOps commercially [7] until it was suspected as clone by Matthias Gemuh and others [8]. After Norman Schmidt freely volunteered to refund his customers [9] [10], he announced Cyclone based on Fruit and Toga as open source engine [11]. Further derivative programs by Norman Schmidt were TogaToy [12], Cyclops [13], Alderon, Demon, and Crimson, based on Viper [14].

ChessLogik

Norman Schmidt operated and maintained the ChessLogik.com site since 2007, which has distributed his projects and other open-source chess engines to hobbyists. Claiming fair-mindedness and many programs and the chess community have taken benefit from his contributions and improvements, he substantiates the suspicion [15] [16] that Houdini 1.0 by Robert Houdart is based on his and Sentinel's GNU public licensed RobboLito 0.085g3 [17]. Due to that accusation of misuse, and the Espin case with the SquarknII clone their Robbolito versions as well as Fire, are no longer available for download from the ChessLogik sites [18] [19].

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References

  1. ^ personal communication
  2. ^ Comrade from Wikipedia
  3. ^ Decembrist revolt from Wikipedia
  4. ^ ChessLogik - RobboLito hosted by Norman Schmidt has a list of RobboLito comrades and Decembrists
  5. ^ www.chesslogik.com
  6. ^ Censor/Firenzina · GitHub
  7. ^ xyclOps 1.2 is available by Norman Schmidt, CCC, July 05, 2008
  8. ^ xyclOps, a clone ? by Matthias Gemuh, CCC, July 10, 2008
  9. ^ Re: xyclOps, a clone ? by Norman Schmidt, CCC, July 11, 2008
  10. ^ open apology to the chess engine community by Norman Schmidt, CCC, July 12, 2008
  11. ^ Cylone 1.0 beta now available by Norman Schmidt, CCC, July 27, 2008
  12. ^ TogaToy 1.0 by Norman Schmidt, CCC, July 04, 2009
  13. ^ Cyclone 1.0 and Cyclops 1.0 avaliable by Norman Schmidt, CCC, August 04, 2008
  14. ^ Crimson 1.1 is a clone of Viper (and so is 1.0) by Christopher Conkie, CCC, July 05, 2009
  15. ^ Computer Chess Biggest Liar by kingliveson, OpenChess Forum, October 09, 2011
  16. ^ Houdini with 1:1 Robbolito-code? by Dr. Alexander Schmidt, CCC, October 12, 2011
  17. ^ Re: Houdini with 1:1 Robbolito-code? by Norman Schmidt, CCC, October 12, 2011
  18. ^ ChessLogik - RobboLito
  19. ^ ChessLogik - Fire

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