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Komodo vs. Movsesian
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How will Komodo score in six handicap games vs. Movsesian?
1.5 or less out of 6.
7%
 7%  [ 2 ]
2 out of 6.
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
2.5 out of 6.
14%
 14%  [ 4 ]
3 out of 6.
29%
 29%  [ 8 ]
3.5 out of 6.
11%
 11%  [ 3 ]
4 out of 6.
37%
 37%  [ 10 ]
Voted : 27
Total Votes : 27
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Larry Kaufman



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PostPost subject: Komodo vs. Movsesian    Posted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:03 pm Reply to topic Reply with quote

This coming Wednesday and Thursday (sept 9 and 10), Komodo will play a six game handicap match against Grandmaster Sergei Movsesian. Movsesian was rated FIDE 2751 in the year 2009, at which time he was World number 10. Currently his FIDE rating is 2658, World number 89, but in rapid chess (which is perhaps more relevant) he is currently World number 30 at 2723. He was born in 1978 so is still relatively young. Komodo will be playing on my 24 core server, and may use a small handicap opening book to provide variety.
The handicap is: four games at the traditional "pawn and move" handicap, the f7 pawn, which is considered the most difficult pawn for Black to give up. The other two games are at Exchange (rook for knight) handicap; Komodo plays White without a1 rook, Movsesian plays without b8 knight and places his queen's rook on b8 instead of a8 (so Black can't castle long, since White can't). Time limit is our usual 45' plus 15" increment. Games start at 9 a.m. Eastern time, 3 pm central European time. Broadcast is planned for chess.com, other sites to be announced.
Seven years ago Rybka tried to give these handicaps to Vadim Milov, then World number 30, but failed to win any games, scoring one draw in two games at f7 handicap and three draws in four games at Exchange handicap. More recently Stockfish scored 1.5 out of two against Nakamura giving him a pawn and the White pieces, but Stockfish conceded the b7 pawn in one game and the h7 pawn in the other, much smaller handicaps than the f7 pawn.
Is Komodo sufficiently stronger than Rybka to tie or win this match? No one knows of course, but it should be a competitive match. Although the two handicaps are considered to be about equally large (both something like 1 1/2 pawn handicaps), I am more worried about the f7 games because the f7 handicap is much more susceptible to preparation than the Exchange handicap. The opening after 1.e4 at f7 handicap is rather unpleasant for Black; he doesn't get mated quickly, but he has to concede a serious deficit in space and development while remaining a pawn down.
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Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:03 pm
      Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Kai Laskos Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:33 pm
            Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jean Baptiste Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:13 pm
            Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:46 am
                  Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jean Baptiste Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:15 am
                  Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jesse Gersenson Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:21 am
                        Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Dr.Wael Deeb Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:35 am
                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jean Baptiste Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:02 am
                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:35 am
                                    Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:55 pm
                                          Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:50 pm
                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:22 pm
                                    Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Dr.Wael Deeb Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:57 pm
                                          Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Kai Laskos Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:19 pm
                                                Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:20 pm
                                                      Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:29 pm
                                                            Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:42 pm
                                                                  Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:46 pm
                                                                        Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:57 pm
                                                                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:14 am
                                                                                    Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Sat Sep 05, 2015 7:57 am
                                                      Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Kai Laskos Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:20 am
                                                            Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:04 am
                                                                  Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Kai Laskos Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:13 am
                                                                        Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Sun Sep 06, 2015 1:16 pm
                                                                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Vincent Lejeune Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:02 pm
                                                                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:02 pm
      Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Ferdinand Mosca Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:01 pm
            Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jean Baptiste Fri Sep 04, 2015 12:25 pm
                  Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Kai Laskos Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:35 pm
                        Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian duncan roberts Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:01 pm
                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Kai Laskos Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:05 pm
                        Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jesse Gersenson Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:23 pm
                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:51 pm
            Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:13 pm
                  Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Ferdinand Mosca Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:39 pm
                        Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:16 pm
                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Ferdinand Mosca Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:50 pm
      Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian duncan roberts Fri Sep 04, 2015 3:19 pm
      Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Garrett Kingman Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:31 am
            Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Sat Sep 05, 2015 1:03 am
      Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Engin Üstün Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:33 pm
            Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Sun Sep 06, 2015 4:17 pm
                  Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Garrett Kingman Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:33 am
                        Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:27 am
                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:49 am
                                    Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jesse Gersenson Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:27 am
                                          Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Kai Laskos Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:44 am
      Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:15 pm
            Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jean Baptiste Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:26 am
                  Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:29 am
                        Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jesse Gersenson Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:55 am
                              Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:41 pm
                                    Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jesse Gersenson Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:10 pm
                                          Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Juan Molina Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:00 pm
                                          Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:01 am
                                    Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian duncan roberts Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:28 pm
                                          Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:49 pm
      Live now: Komodo vs. Movsesian Mark Lefler Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:40 pm
            Re: Live now: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jean Baptiste Wed Sep 09, 2015 3:24 pm
                  Re: Live now: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:21 pm
                        Re: Live now: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:56 pm
                              Re: Live now: Komodo vs. Movsesian Jesse Gersenson Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:20 pm
                              Re: Live now: Komodo vs. Movsesian Albert Silver Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:13 pm
      Re: Komodo vs. Movsesian Larry Kaufman Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:14 pm
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