Saturday, 4 December 2010

Brains beat Brawn

In the recent Dutch Open Computer Chess Championship there were a number of familiar programs, albeit ones that were on the computer equivalent of steroids. Rather than running on a single processor as in the gold old days, a few of them turned up with a couple of hundred processors. At the top of the list was 'Jonny' with 800 processors, while Rybka and Deep Sjeng had 200+ processors at their disposal. However brute power wasn't enough as the game between Jonny and Rybka showed. Despite the lead in processing power, Jonny still got hacked to bits, and particularly fine attacking game. (A more detailed report on this tournament can be found here at Chessbase. And thanks to Milan Ninchich for alerting me to this game)

Jonny (800 cores) - Rybka 4.x (260 cores) [A87]
30 ODCCC Leiden (4), 27.11.2010

1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.c4 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 e6 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.Rd1 Qe7 10.a3 a5 11.Be3 Nd8 12.Ra2 b6 13.Ng5 Bb7 14.Bxb7 Nxb7 15.h3 a4 16.Nxa4 Nh5 17.Kh2 e5 18.dxe5 Bxe5 19.Nf3 f4 20.gxf4 Bxf4+ 21.Bxf4 Nxf4 22.Nc3 Qe6 23.Ng1 Ra5 24.Qe4 Re5 (D)
25.Qxb7 Rh5 26.Qe4 Rxh3+ 27.Nxh3 Qxh3+ 28.Kg1 Rf5 29.Rd5 Nxd5 30.Qe8+ Kg7 31.Qd7+ Kh6 32.Qxf5 Qxf5 33.cxd5 Qg5+ 34.Kh2 Qd2 0-1


Anonymous said...

Watch the commentry on Youtube


Anonymous said...

15....a4 - beautiful