Planning the "B" Release

Now that the Anand release is almost out the door, it's the right time to turn our attention to the next release. Since we're going alphabetically by chess world champions, we have a few choices:

  • Paolo Boi - 1575 - Kingdom of Sicily (If we want to go way back in history)
  • Mikhail Botvinnik - 1948, 1958, 1961 - Soviet Union (Russia)
  • Elisabeth Bykova - 1953-1956 - Soviet Union (Russia)

Vote for your choice in the talk comments. If you don't like any of the available choices, add one. They must have been a chess grandmaster, although we are biased towards world champions.

We will soon start accepting blueprints for features in the upcoming release. Expect documentation for the blueprint workflow very soon. The options are using the GitHub wiki, GitHub issues, creating a new category on talk, or simply creating a new section on the web site for managing blueprints, which would involve creating pages in markdown. Let us know which communication medium you prefer.

Onward and upward, JM

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

I vote for “Boi”.

Also - I like the idea of using “Talk” for managing blueprints.

My 2¢: I like “Boi” best too. It’s easiest to spell (and probably pronounce too).

I didn’t realise we were limiting ourselves to world champions, thought it was just famous chess players… if we are not, I suggest “Byrne” as another option.

Personal vote is for Botvinnik.


1 Like

so voting thus far:

Boi - 2
Byrne - 1

Botvinnik - 1

I would prefer not Boi, because it sounds like “Boy” and, well, we don’t need more boys :wink:

I do like Botvinnik, especially if it’s abbreviated Bot. Byrne is also nice if we don’t have the limitation…

Obviously Berstein for me ! Grand master from Russia and then France (like Spassky - note the S release name is obviously booked :wink: , there is even a nice story you can find on wikipedia !

Ossip Bernstein - Wikipedia

Now I want to see the draw for K release :wink:


I vote for Byrne. Sorry going to make it a Tie!

Ok, so far we have the following, with their votes:

Boi - 1
Byrne - 3
Bernstein - 1
Botvinnik - 4

Any others?

Registered just for this vote, Botvinnik is the best name for me :slight_smile:

1 Like

I vote “Botvinnik” for this release.

I vote for Robert Byrne

It’s a 2-way race: Botvinnik 4, Byrne 3.

Botvinnik is such fun to say, too!

I like Capablanca, world champion from 1921 to 1927. Beside the last name is really cool.

Nice - but that will have to wait for the “C” release. You’re about 6 months too early :slight_smile:

I vote for Botvinnik! Very influential world champion from the 1940-1960s

1 Like


The Byrne brothers were pretty famous in their day. Donald played the losing side of one of my favorite Fischer games - The Game of the Century (chess) - Wikipedia

When we release Anand, we’ll include the winner in that announcement.

Also, here is a pretty comprehensive list of chess grandmasters - List of chess grandmasters - Wikipedia