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Ian Nepomniachtchi GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi – ORDIX-Opensieger 2008
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4. Livingston Chess960 Computer World Championship
Rybka, Shredder und zwei Qualifikanten



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Strong performance by Shredder on first day
Livingston Chess960 Computer Chess World Championship-day 1

15.08.2007 - Computer chess world champion Rybka and Chess960 world champion Shredder started their double round-robin tournament with two other programs, Spike and Jonny in the lobby of the newly renovated Rheingoldhalle today. After three rounds on the first day, Shredder seems to be cruising towards the final on Friday. The program, developed by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, scored 2,5 points today. The biggest surprise was the first round shock-victory of Spike, the first Chess960 Computer Chess World Champion over Rybka.

The participants of the Livingston Computer Chess960 World Championship


Round 1

Chess Classic organiser Hans-Walter Schmitt rolls the dice and selects position 946 where queens and enemy bishops are positioned on opposing diagonals. In the first game it takes Shredder no more than 3 moves to make his first pawn sacrifice. Jonny accepts happily, the defending champion attacks fiercely and Jonny succumbs shortly after. After their first world title (2006), the Spike team had a hell of a time last year but they must have worked very hard…. Rybka can never get its feet on the ground and loses without a real fight. In this first round, white has scored a mere 100 percent.

Surpirse in round 1: Spike, by Volker Böhm and Ralf Schäfer, shocks Rybka


Round 2

Grandmaster Arthur Yussupov has thrown an interesting position, in which activating both bishops, developing both knights without blocking the center pawns and keeping the king safe, seems to be the real challenge. No surprises in this round. Both world champions confirm their status. Shredder once more goes for an all-out-attack against the enemy king and this time, Spike can’t find the right answers. Rybka clearly wants revenge and finishes off Jonny in no-time. The 2005 and 2006 Chess960 vice-champion has yet to score his first points, but there still remain 4 games to make up for the damage.


Round 3

After 2 rolls of the dice, the bishops are on their usual squares, but grandmaster Klaus Bischoff makes sure that something interesting will come up. For the third time running, we’ve got a white knight on e1. The 3rd round brings us the first moment of truth : World Chess Champion Rybka meets multiple Blitz and Chess960 World Champion Shredder. For Jonny Mainz, it’s D-Day as well. Another loss will put an eventual 2nd place beyond reach. As a matter of fact, Jonny manages to score his first half point, in an opposite colour bishop ending where the plus pawn appears to be unimportant. The first Rybka-Shredder game has to be cancelled; Rybka´s brain Vasik Raijlich starts the game without entering castling rights for either side and when Shredder’s castling move is rejected by Rybka, the tournament committee, consisting of arbiter Hans Secelle and Chief arbiter Sven Noppes, decides that “a GUI error equals an operator Error”. So it was decided to start the game all over again.

In the second game Rybka attacks fiercely but Shredder keeps everything together. In the ensuing queen ending a draw is agreed. The game attracted several grandmasters, among them Gata Kamsky, who is very fond of Chess960.

Hans Secelle, arbiter and co-author of this article


Hans Secelle/Eric van Reem

Published by Eric van Reem

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