Vasik Rajlich

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Vasik Rajlich

Vasik Rajlich (born 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an International Master in chess and the author of Rybka,[1] previously one of the strongest chess playing programs in the world.[2] Rajlich is a dual Czechoslovakian-American citizen by birth; he was born in the United States of America to Czech parents, at that time graduate students, but grew up in Prague. He later spent years in the United States as a student, graduating from MIT.[3]

He married Iweta (née Radziewicz) on 19 August 2006. Iweta, who is also an International Master in chess,[1] helps him with the development of Rybka as its tester.[4] In April 2012, the couple was living in Budapest, Hungary and had one child, a son.[4][5]

In April 2012, Rajlich participated in an April Fool's joke claiming by using Rybka he had proven to a "99.99999999% certainty" (it might be that there is a flaw somewhere, but if there is it will not be discovered in the course of this universe – that would require more computational power than could ever be provided), that the accepted King's Gambit is a draw for White, but only after 3. Be2.[5]German chess marketer ChessBase published the work, concluding " We have made contact with the technical director of the Google server farms, who was definitely interested. So maybe in a year or two we will have solved the Najdorf."

Rajlich's handle on the Internet Chess Club is "vrajlich".[6]

WCCC disqualification and banning[edit]

On 28 June 2011, the International Computer Games Association (ICGA) determined that Rajlich had plagiarized two other chess software programs: Crafty and Fruit.[7] The ICGA sanction for Vasik Rajlich and Rybka was the disqualification from the World Computer Chess Championship (WCCC) of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.[8] Vasik Rajlich is banned for life from competing in the WCCC or any other event organized by or sanctioned by the ICGA.[9] Rajlich had already responded to these charges with an e-mail to David Levy, president of the ICGA, in which he stated:


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