WCCC 08-9: Shredder catches up with Junior

7/11/2004 – After the Sabbath rest day the World Computer Chess Championship in Ramat-Gan, Israel, had two rounds with no surprises. Junior and Fritz drew against each other, otherwise the favourites won all their games. All the games are being broadcast live on Playchess.com, with expert commentary by Boris Alterman. We bring you a report, results and games.

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The Sunday schedule of the 12th World Computer Chess Championship brought us two rounds with no surprises. The three favourites Shredder, Junior and Fritz each dutifully won their games in round eight, while in the afternoon Junior and Fritz drew against each other (Shredder won again). After nine rounds Junior and Shredder are in the lead, followed by Fritz and Crafty.


Prof. Ken Hochberg, Dean of the Faculty of Exact Sciences at Bar-Ilan University, ceremoniously opening a game with 1.e4. From left to right: John Hamlen (Woodpusher), Amir Ban (Junior), Omid David Tabibi (Falcon), Ken Hochberg, GM Boris Alterman (Junior, commentary), Shay Bushinsky (Junior), Prof. Jaap van den Herik (ICGA, tournament director).


Prof. Netanyahu (organizer), Prof. Ken Hochberg (Dean of the Faculty of Exact Sciences), and Israel Berger (Administrative Director of the Faculty of Exact Sciences). Seated is Avi Shatz (operator of Deep Sjeng).

Latest 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
1-0
Falcon
Deep Sjeng
0-1
Shredder
Fritz
1-0
ParSOS
Crafty
1-0
Movei
Woodpusher
0-1
Diep
Jonny
1-0
FIBChess
Crazy Bishop
0-1
IsiChess
Round nine – Sunday, July 11
Junior
1/2
Fritz
Woodpusher
0-1
Shredder
Falcon
1-0
Crafty
Diep
1-0
IsiChess
Movei
1/2
Jonny
ParSOS
1/2
Crazy Bishop
FIBChess
0-1
Deep Sjeng
Round ten – Monday, July 12
Crazy Bishop
  Junior
FIBChess
  Shredder
Fritz
  Diep
Crafty
  ParSOS
Jonny
  Deep Sjeng
Woodpusher
  Falcon
IsiChess
  Movei

Standings after nine rounds

Live coverage

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

While explaining the game Alterman can move pieces on the board, draw arrows, hightlight squares, etc. The Israeli GM has become very virtuose at this, as the following position during the game Junior-Falcon demonstrates.


Boris Alterman explaining motifs and strategies

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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