Transtec-Shredder beats GM Peter Acs

9/20/2003 – On Thursday the young Hungarian GM Peter Acs played two rapid chess games against the record computer chess world champion Shredder. The rate of play was 25 minutes plus two seconds increment per move. Shredder, running on a Dual 3 Ghz XEON transtec computer took the match 2-0. More...

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Acs (pronounced "oks" – correction here) is 22 years old and at Elo 2606 Hungary's number four player, behind Peter Leko, Judit Polgar and Zoltan Almasi. One of his greatest successes was the first place in last year's Essent Crown Tournament in Hoogeveen, ahead of Judit Polgar, FIDE world champion Alexander Khalifman and GM Loek van Wely. Here's what he did to the top Dutch player:

Van Wely,L (2681) - Acs,P (2591) [E48]
Essent Crown Hoogeveen (6), 19.10.2002

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Nge2 Re8 8.0-0 Bd6 9.a3 Ng4 [in the spectacular game between Kasparov and Deep Junior in New York 2003 the computer played: 9...c6 10.Qc2 Bxh2+!? 11.Kxh2 Ng4+ 12.Kg3 Qg5 13.f4 Qh5 14.Bd2 Qh2+ 15.Kf3 Qh4 16.Bxh7+ Kh8 17.Ng3 Nh2+ 18.Kf2 Ng4+ 19.Kf3 Nh2+ draw] 10.h3

10...Nh2 11.Re1 Nf3+ 12.gxf3 Qg5+ 13.Kh1 Qh4 14.Nf4 Bxh3 15.Ncxd5 Re6 16.Nxe6 Bf5+ 17.Kg1 Qh2+ 18.Kf1 Bg3 0-1. You can replay this game on our Javascript board below.

Elo development of Peter Acs:

The program Shredder was written by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen. It is one of the most successful programs in computer chess tournaments, winning the world championship title no less than four times. The current version of Shredder is also number one on the computer rating lists.

At the VI Magistral de la Republica Argentina in Buenos Aires in August Shredder finished first with 8.5/10 points, easily making a GM norm with its 2752 performances.

In Budapest "transtec-Shredder" was running on a transtec Dual 3 Ghz XEON computer.

The games

In the first game Peter Acs, playing with the white pieces, went for a closed, positional Four Knights game. But Shredder took the initiative on the kingside and the game became very sharp. Acs took up the fight and went for an all-out attack. But Shredder kept everything under control, manoeuvred its badly exposed king to a safe square and won the game in convincing style. The public was delighted by the fighting spirit in this game.

The second encounter was a Scotch game which the Hungarian GM could keep the position equal for a long time. In the endgame with rook, knight and pawn Shredder had a tiny advantage, but the computer demonstrated superb endgame technique to win this game as well.


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