Chess in a cave – live from Graz

11/23/2003 – The second round in Graz, Austria, saw Fritz beating Sjeng with a spectacular queen sacrifice. The other favourites Shredder, Junior and Brutus also won their games. In round three Fritz overcame many-time world champion Shredder in a fine effort. Tomorrow the program faces Brutus, which also has three points. Here are results, games and pictures.

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Round 1
 Diep  Quark
1-0
 List  Shredder
0-1
 Chinito  Jonny
0-1
 Nexus  Parsos
draw
 Fritz  Falcon
1-0
 Deep Sjeng  Hossa
0-1
 Deep Junior  Ruy Lopez
0-1
 Green Light  Brutus
0-1
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Round 2
 Deep Sjeng  Fritz
0-1
 Jonny  Nexus
draw
 Quark  List
0-1
 Falcon  Hossa
1-0
 Parsos  Deep Junior
0-1
 Shredder  Diep
1-0
 Brutus  Ruy Lopez
1-0
 Green Light  Chinito
1-0
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Round 3
 Fritz  Shredder
1-0
 Jonny  Brutus
0-1
 Chinito  Parsos
1-0
 Diep  Falcon
draw
 Nexus  Deep Sjeng
0-1
 Ruy Lopez  Green Light
1-0
 Deep Junior  List
1-0
 Hossa  Quark
0-1
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Picture Gallery


Graz – a view of the "Schlossberg" (Palace Mountain)


Entry to the Schlossberg


Entry to the tournament hall (yes, it's inside the mountain!)


Computer chess in the cavernous "Dom im Berg". That's Frans Morsch of Fritz (right) watching one of his main rivals Shay Bushinsky (Junior)


The green light of the playing hall shining on Alex Kure and Mathias Feist (Fritz)


Vince Diepeveen in his game against Shredder. We are told that Vincent is running his program Diep on a research computer with 500 processors. This machine costs the Dutch taxpayers €240,000 (over $250,000) per day. Vincent has done good work on the massive parallelisation of his chess engine, but he was only able to test the machine on the evening before the first round. Diep is running at five to seven million nodes per second.


The Ruy Lopez team that beat reigning champion Junior in round one


Rolf Huber of Parsos, during the round two game against Junior


Live audio commentary on the Playchess server by GM Peter Wells


Round three: Fritz vs Shredder (Mathias Feist vs Stefan Meyer-Kahlen). Fritz is playing fine positional chess which, according to author Frans Morsch, is a result of the preparation for the match against Garry Kasparov in New York. In the key third-round game Shredder put up the toughest possible resistance, but in the end Fritz was able to prevail in very fine style.


Brutus vs Jonny. Brutus is being operated by Ulf Lorenz who assisted in the parallelisation of the program at the University of Paderborn (Germany). Jonny is the work of Johannes Zwanzger (right).

All games are being transmitted live on the Playchess.com server. This includes audio commentary by GM Peter Wells and video impressions from the tournament hall.

In order to follow the games you can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the action, or download a free trial client here.

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