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[[FILE:BaronieBreda1635.jpg|border|right|thumb| Barony of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breda Breda], the home of The Baron <ref>Map detail [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duchy_of_Brabant Duchy of Brabant] from [https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baronie_van_Breda Baronie van Breda from Wikipedia.nl] (Dutch), The Baron has likely dual Dutch and Belgian "citizenship", but recently played under the Belgian flag, where his author currently resides near the Dutch border</ref> ]]
a [[Chess Engine Communication Protocol]] compatible chess engine developed by [[Richard Pijl]] started in August 2001. Richard's intention was to make a [[Knowledge|knowledge]] based engine rather than a fast searcher, with main focus on [[Endgame|endgame]] knowledge. The Baron's [[Search|search]] started out to be pretty much [[Brute-Force|brute force]], except for [[Null Move Pruning|null-move pruning]], but more recently <ref>[[CCT14]], 2012</ref> more extensive use of [[Futility Pruning|futility pruning]] and [[Late Move Reductions|late move reductions]] have been implemented. The Baron further applies position [[Learning|learning]] and has its own type of [[Endgame Bitbases|endgame bitbases]] <ref>[http://users.telenet.be/thebaron/html/the_baron.html The Baron - Homepage]</ref>.
So far, The Baron participated at six [[World Computer Chess Championship|World Computer Chess Championships]], the [[WCCC 2005]], [[WCCC 2007]], [[WCCC 2008]], [[WCCC 2009]], [[WCCC 2011]], and the [[WCCC 2015]], and various over the board and online tournaments, such as the [[Dutch Open Computer Chess Championship]], [[International CSVN Tournament]], [[IPCCC|International Paderborn Computer Chess Championship]], [[CCT Tournaments]], and the [[The Chess Programmers Tournament]] organized by [[Richard Pijl]] himself. [[Opening Book
Authors|Opening book authors]] were [[Carlos Pesce]] <ref>[http://www.open-aurec.com/wbforum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=35970&p=136337 Bug-fixed Baron + new opening book] by [[Richard Pijl]], [[Computer Chess Forums|Winboard Forum]], January 31, 2002</ref>, [[Arturo Ochoa]] <ref>[http://www.talkchess.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12980 New book for the Baron] by [[Richard Pijl]], [[CCC]], April 09, 2007</ref> <ref>[http://www.talkchess.com/forum/viewtopic.php?topic_view=threads&p=322144&t=31894 Re: Komodo - Rybka in Danger?] by [[Arturo Ochoa]], [[CCC]], January 21, 2010</ref>, and [[Sebastian Böhme]] <ref>[http://www.csvn.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=465%3A30th-onk-2010-leiden-list-of-participants&catid=51%3Atoernooien&Itemid=28&lang=en 30th ONK 2010 Leiden: List of participants]</ref>. In May 2014, The Baron won the [[PT 46]], in June 2015, the [[PT 48]], and in November 2017 the [[PT 52]]. At the [[IGT 2016]] in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome Rome], The Baron came in third behind winner [[Chiron]] and [[Booot]].
* [http://www.talkchess.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65522 The Baron - Latest Version Released] by [[Steve Maughan]], [[CCC]], October 22, 2017
* [http://www.talkchess.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=66278 New Version of The Baron (3.42)] by [[Steve Maughan]], [[CCC]], January 09, 2018
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