Live from Graz – Fritz and Shredder lead

11/27/2003 – Which is the most boring program at the world computer chess championship in Graz? Shredder, says one wag. The German program, written by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, just goes in there, outplays the opponent and wins in fantastic style. Game after game after game. Shredder and Fritz are in the lead, followed by Junior and Brutus. Here's a full report.

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Round 1 – Nov 22, 2003
 Diep  Quark
1-0
 List  Shredder
0-1
 Chinito  Jonny
0-1
 Nexus  Parsos
draw
 Fritz  Falcon
1-0
 Hossa  Deep Sjeng
0-1
 Deep Junior  Ruy Lopez
0-1
 Green Light  Brutus
0-1
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Round 2 – Nov 23, 200
 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 – Nov 23, 200
 Fritz  Shredder
1-0
 Jonny  Brutus
0-1
 Chinito  Parsos
1-0
 Diep  Falcon
draw
 Nexus  Deep Sjeng
0-1
 Ruy Lopez  Green Light
0-1
 Deep Junior  List
1-0
 Hossa  Quark
0-1
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Round 4 – Nov 24, 2003
 Quark  Chinito
0-1
 List  Nexus
1-0
 Falcon  Jonny
1-0
 Brutus  Fritz
1-0
 Parsos  Hossa
1-0
 Shredder  Green Light
1-0
 Deep Sjeng  Deep Junior
0-1
 Ruy Lopez  Diep
0-1
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Round 5 – Nov 25, 2003
 Nexus  Quark
0-1
 Deep Junior  Fritz
draw
 Shredder  Brutus
1-0
 Jonny  Parsos
1-0
 Hossa  Ruy Lopez
1-0
 Diep  Deep Sjeng
draw
 Green Light  Falcon
1-0
 Chinito  List
0-1
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Round 6 – Nov 26, 2003
 Quark  Parsos
draw
 Deep Sjeng  Jonny
+–
 Fritz  Diep
1-0
 Brutus  Junior
0-1
 Hossa  Nexus
–/+
 Falcon  Shredder
0-1
 List  Green Light
draw
 Ruy Lopez  Chinito
0-1
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Round 7 – Nov 26, 2003
 Green Light  Fritz
0-1
 Parsos  Falcon
1-0
 Nexus  Ruy Lopez
1-0
 Junior  Shredder
draw
 Jonny  Quark
0-1
 Chinito  Deep Sjeng
1-0
 Diep  Hossa
1-0
 List  Brutus
draw
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Round 8 – Nov 27, 2003
 Brutus  Diep
1-0
 Fritz  List
1-0
 Shredder  Chinito
1-0
 Ruy Lopez  Parsos
0-1
 Hossa  Jonny
0-1
 Falcon  Nexus
0-1
 Quark  Junior
0-1
 Deep Sjeng  Green Light
0-1
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Picture Gallery


Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, whose program Shredder is the most boring in the tournament – it just goes in there, outplays the opponent and wins in fantastic style. In every single game. Okay, except for a misstep against Fritz.


A somewhat dejected Thomas Mayer (right) and his program Quark take a sound beating by the Junior team from Israel, with Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky (left). We wonder what the Senior team would have done.


In yesterday's report we published a picture of GM Boris Alterman taking part in a test by the University of Graz to measure the brain patterns of the grandmaster during five minute games against a computer. Apparently we got it all wrong – a number of readers came up with more plausible interpretations. For Marc Margolies of Scarsdale, New York, who wrote: "What you wrote in your article is just some hooey that the researchers told the press. The truth is that every time Junior loses a pawn, Boris gets a small electrical charge to his brain. Incidentally when Juior captures a minor piece, the researchers feed Boris a beer stick sausage! It's supposed to improve the performance of the Junior program. Great photo! Put in in the Chessbase Calendar!"


Diep, with a name that was extracted from it's author Vincent Diepeveen (left). Here the Dutch five-hundred-processor program is facing the Austrian eight-processor machine Brutus, operated by a sullen Ulf Lorenz. On the right Chrilly Donninger would seem distracted from the black-and-white checkered board...


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