WCCC 07: Junior leads ahead of Shredder and Fritz

7/9/2004 – Today, Friday, we see a rest day in the FIDE world championship in Libya, tomorrow is the free day (Sabbath) at the World Computer Chess Championship in Ramat-Gan, Israel. After seven rounds Junior is in the lead with 5.5 points, followed by Shredder (5.0) and Fritz (4.5 in a group of four programs). Illustrated report...

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Junior is coasting to victory in the 12th World Computer Chess Championship at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, in spite of a disappointing draw in round seven against the German program IsiChess. Shredder and Fritz won their games to stay in striking distance: with four rounds left to play Shredder needs half a point, Fritz a full point to catch up. Naturally Junior must cooperate.

A critical game, which will probably come in round nine or ten, is Junior vs Fritz. Fritz greatly reduced its chances for overall victory by losing on time against Falcon in round three. This was due not to faulty algorithms, but by the computer hanging, as we have learnt from members of the Fritz team. If Fritz manages to beat Junior the whole event will be wide open, with all three favourites (Shredder, Junior and Fritz) in striking distance of the title.

Results

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 06
Diep
0-1
Junior
Jonny
1/2
Shredder
Fritz
0-1
Falcon
Crafty
1-0
IsiChess
ParSOS
1/2
Deep Sjeng
Woodpusher
1/2
Movei
FIBChess
0-1
Crazy Bishop
Round four – Wed., July 07
Junior
1-0
Crafty
Shredder
1-0
Diep
Falcon
1-0
Jonny
Deep Sjeng
1-0
Movei
IsiChess
1/2
ParSOS
Crazy Bishop
0-1
Fritz
FIBChess
0-1
Woodpusher
Round five – Thur., July 08
Shredder
1/2
Junior
Deep Sjeng
1-0
Falcon
Fritz
1-0
Crafty
Diep
1/2
Jonny
ParSOS
1-0
Woodpusher
Movei
1-0
Crazy Bishop
IsiChess
1-0
FIBChess
Round six – Thur., July 08
Junior
1-0
Deep Sjeng
Fritz
1/2
Shredder
Falcon
1/2
ParSOS
Movei
0-1
Diep
Jonny
1-0
IsiChess
Woodpusher
1/2
Crazy Bishop
Crafty
1-0
FIBChess
Round seven – Friday, July 09
IsiChess
1/2
Junior
Shredder
1-0
Movei
ParSOS
1-0
Jonny
Diep
0-1
Crafty
Deep Sjeng
1-0
Woodpusher
Crazy Bishop
0-1
Falcon
FIBChess
0-1
Fritz
Round eight – Sunday, July 11
Junior
Falcon
Deep Sjeng
Shredder
Fritz
ParSOS
Crafty
Movei
Woodpusher
Diep
Jonny
FIBChess
Crazy Bishop
IsiChess

Standings after seven rounds

Picture gallery


The building of the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, where the event is being held


A group of chess programmers caught outside their natural habitat


The natural habitat: Shredder vs ParSOS in the computer blitz championship (in the background Frans Morsch of Fritz watches)


The Junior team (right) in the blitz championship

Final standings of blitz championship

The total number of participants was eight, with seven rounds played. Fritz did not participate. The final standings were: 1 Shredder 5,5; 2 Crafty 4,5; 3-4 Junior, Falcon 4.0; 5 ParSOS 3.5; 6 Jonny 2.5; 7-8 Diep, Crazy Bishop.

Live coverage

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

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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