WCCC 02: Dutch program Diep in the lead

7/5/2004 – The top favourites at the World Computer Chess Championship in Israel have still to find their stride. After two rounds Shredder and Junior have 1.5 points, Fritz has 1.0 (after two draws). In the lead is the Dutch program Diep with a clean 2.0. You can follow the games on Playchess, with live audio and video commentary.

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In the first round all three of the favourites were only able to draw, Shredder against the American freeware program Crafty, Fritz against Deep Sjeng and Junior against the German program Jonny. In round two Shredder beat the German ParSOS and Junior the British program Woodpusher, while Fritz, after an enterprising game, only got a disappointing draw with black against IsiChess. Here are the results in full.

Round one – Sunday, July 04
Crafty
1/2
Shredder
Fritz
1/2
Deep Sjeng
Jonny
1/2
Junior
Diep
1-0
Crazy Bishop
Woodpusher
1/2
IsiChess
ParSOS
1-0
Movei
FIBChess
0-1
Falcon
Round two – Monday, July 05
Falcon
0-1
Diep
Shredder
1-0
ParSOS
IsiChess
1/2
Fritz
Junior
1-0
Woodpusher
Deep Sjeng
1/2
Crafty
Crazy Bishop
0-1
Jonny
Movei
1-0
FIBChess
Round three – Tuesday, July 05
Diep
  Junior
Jonny
  Shredder
Fritz
  Falcon
Crafty
  IsiChess
ParSOS
  Deep Sjeng
Woodpusher
  Movei
FIBChess
  Crazy Bishop
Round four – Wed., July 06
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Standings:
1 Diep 2.0
2-4 Shredder, Junior, Jonny 1.5
5-11 Fritz, IsiChess, ParSOS, Falcon, Crafty, Deep Sjeng, Movei 1.0
12 Woodpusher 1997 0.5
13-14 The Crazy Bishop, FIBChess

Live coverage

The games are being transmitted live on the Playchess.com server, with audio and visual commentary by GM Boris Alterman.


The Gonda Brain Research Center where the World Championship is being held


The playing area, with GM Boris Alterman in front of the projection screen


The commentary by Alterman is transmitted live on Playchess.com


On the Playchess server computer expert Boris Alterman is able to move pieces, draw arrows or highlight squares to explain the games to computer chess enthusiasts all over the world.


Junior team Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky playing against Jonny of J. Zwanzger


The Bar-Ilan University Vice President for Research, Mina Teicher, visits the event and making a move for Crafty (against Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, operating Shredder)


John Hamlen (left) participating with Woodpusher after seven years of retirement from computer chess competitions, against Gerd Isenberg and IsiChess


Deep Sjeng, operated by Avi Shatz, against Frans Morsch with Fritz


Shay Bushinsky, Nathan Netanyahu, and David Levy at the opening ceremony


Schedule

 
Date Time Activity
Saturday July 3   Arrival
  21:30 Opening Ceremony
Sunday July 4 09:00 Testing
  12:00 Players meeting
  15:00-20:00 Round 1 WCCC
  10:00-20:00 Computer Olympiad
Monday July 5 08:20 Opening CG 2004
  08:30-13:00 CG 2004 Conference
  15:00-20:00 Round 2 WCCC
  13:30-20:00 Computer Olympiad
  21:00 Social Evening
Tuesday July 6 08:30-12:45 CG 2004 Conference
  09:00-12:30 City Tour
  13:30-18:30 Round 3 WCCC
  19:00-21:30 Speed Chess
  13:30-21:00 Computer Olympiad
Wednesday July 7 08:30-13:00 CG 2004 Conference
  13:00-14:30 Lunch CG 2004 participants
  13:30-18:30 Round 4 WCCC
  14:30-21:00 Computer Olympiad
  19:00-21:30 Speed Chess
Thursday July 8 09:00-14:00 Round 5 WCCC
  15:00-20:00 Round  6 WCCC
  10:00-20:00 Computer Olympiad
Friday July 9 9:00-14:00 Round 7 WCCC
Saturday July 10   Sabbath
Sunday July 11 9:00-14:00 Round 8 WCCC
  15:00-20:00 Round 9 WCCC
Monday July 12 8:00-13:00 Round 10 WCCC
  13:30-18:30 Round 11 WCCC
    Play-off WCCC
    Closing ceremony

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