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Masters Challenge Biel Round 1

– The Masters Challenge in Biel this year is featuring Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler. They play a match of rapid and classical games. Today is round one of the classical games. Daniel King is analysing live starting at 5pm CEST. View the whole schedule!


Fritz 15 - English Version

New Fritz, new friend


Complete Nimzo-Indian Powerbook 2016

We have included the whole E00-E59 complex in our “Complete Nimzo-Indian Powerbook 2016”. It is based, e.g., on 45 000 games from the Mega database and 4000 correspondence games. The lion’s share is made up of the 245 000 games from the engine room.


Queen's Gambit Declined Powerbook 2016

For the Queen's Gambit Declined Powerbook we once again used above all high grade material: 90 000 games from Mega and from correspondence chess, but these are of high quality. Added to that are 410 000 games from the engine room on playchess.com.


The Semi-Slav

The Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6) can arise via various moveorders, has decided World Championships, and is one of Black’s most fascinating replies to 1 d4. Nielsen explains in detail what this openign is all about.


The Black Lion - an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

The Lion gets ready to roar after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 c6 – and now Black wants to attack with an early ...g5.


Power Play 23: A Repertoire for black with the Queen's Gambit Declined

On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black with the QGD. The repertoire is demonstrated in 10 stem games, covering all White’s major systems: 5 Bg5, 5 Bf4, and the Exchange Variation.


Power Play 24: A repertoire for black against the Catalan

On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black against the Catalan, based around maintaining the rock of a pawn on d5. Keeping central control ultimately gives Black good chances to launch an attack against the enemy king.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Smirin on computers: God bless me!

4/10/2002 – In a few days GM Ilya Smirin is going to start his match against four top chess programs. It will be broadcast live on the Fritz7 Playchess server and on Kasparov Chess. This comes after experienced Grandmaster Boris Gulko, Elo 2605, lost his match 3:5 points. Will Smirin do better? He is an Elo 2702 Super-GM and the world number 15, and he has experience playing computers. Ilya shares his thoughts on the forthcoming match with us here.
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Tough Battle!

Q: Why did you agree to participate in this contest?

A: Frankly speaking it’s just another interesting experience for me! I have always been curious about the importance of psychological elements in my play and in chess in general and now it’s a great opportunity to check it out playing against “silicon brains” of the chess programs!

Q: What do you think are the odds to win this competition?

A: It’s very hard to say… let’s put it this way: I consider myself the underdog, but nevertheless I’m quiet optimistic!

Q: How would you evaluate the strength of chess programs you are going to compete with and do you see the differences between the programs which may influence your play this way or another?

A: In my opinion they are extremely strong, I’d say about 2700 or even higher. I don’t see a big difference between the programs, although I’m pretty sure all of them have their stronger and weaker sides.

Q: What do you think about the time control?

A: I don’t complain about it! Of course if we’d play with classical controls my chances would increase significantly, but I think the one used is okay as well.

Q: Would you mind to say a few words about your preparation for this event and what kind of strategy are you going to use?

A: Nothing special I guess: I’m going to analyze a few games of each one of the programs I’m going to play a few training games versus Fritz 7. In this sense the most recent games of Gulko versus the computers contest should be very useful. Concerning the strategy, I may just say that I will try to avoid open positions with a lot of tactical possibilities, which are considered to be the strongest part of computer’s play. Nevertheless I came to the conclusion that in order to win against a program you have no choice, but to enter a tactical battle when it’s needed, so I will take certain risks by doing so!

By the way I think that Gulko played quiet well in this contest, but didn’t use all practical chances that he had. I fully agree with his opinion that experience of playing versus programs plays a major role in the competition, and that’s one of the reasons why I consider myself an underdog: last time I played versus program was back in 1996 and a lot of things has changed since then…

Finally, I do not want to repeat all numerous remarks concerning strong and weak points of computer program’s "thinking", I will just say, that I am going to avoid any tactics except double threat, fork, winning a piece, rook or queen. God bless me!

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