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by Terry McCracken
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: A fair fight
Replies: 22
Views: 4527

Re: A fair fight

I am staggered anyone thinks Alpha Zero would get over 60% It will not lose. It learned Super GM chess in only 4 hrs. This is not a chess program, it is a learning, cognitive, neural net. It mastered Go in 40 hrs., (GM) and became superhuman in 70 hrs. If it can defeat Stockfish after only 4 hrs. o...
by Terry McCracken
Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Chess Players Forum
Topic: A Chess Novice Challenged Magnus
Replies: 8
Views: 4177

Re: A Chess Novice Challenged Magnus

Ted, Max is playing as expected, a novice well below a 1000. He tossed his Night early in the opening then his Rook a few moves later.
by Terry McCracken
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Is this position lost?
Replies: 7
Views: 1477

Re: Is this position lost?

Nordlandia wrote:For black.

[d]2rq2k1/1p4pp/p2p2b1/8/1P1Np3/2Pn4/1P3PPP/R2QR1K1 w - - 2 24
At a glance, it appears White is in trouble. The Black Night is a monster.

White's queenside pawns are sick, hole on c4, etc. White needs tactics to extricate himself.
by Terry McCracken
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Chess Players Forum
Topic: Karjakin - Caruana Rd 13
Replies: 6
Views: 1659

Re: Karjakin - Caruana Rd 13

Karjakin Wins FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016! [pgn] [Event "FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016"] [Site "?"] [Date "2016.03.28"] [Round "14"] [White "Sergey Karjakin"] [Black "Fabiano Caruana"] [Result "1-0"] [PlyCount "83"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O...
by Terry McCracken
Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Chess Players Forum
Topic: Nice, yet not to hard mate in 3.
Replies: 13
Views: 2884

Re: Nice, yet not to hard mate in 3.

Qe6. Took me two minutes so I would not have seen it in a real game when in time trouble. Also then you get no hint that it is a mate in three. Isn't that the truth, no clue what so ever in a real game. As HGM states, in a real game you may have been planning for it. In that case chances are good t...
by Terry McCracken
Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Chess Players Forum
Topic: Nice, yet not to hard mate in 3.
Replies: 13
Views: 2884

Re: Nice, yet not to hard mate in 3.

Same here LOL. :lol: It's really a very simple mate. based on the 2 Bishop smothered mate theme but my old brain felt rushed to answer..mistake! I needed to put more time looking at the Bc6 line rather than the Rd8 line. :? Surprised the White master missed it? Heat of the battle I guess? Regardles...
by Terry McCracken
Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Chess Players Forum
Topic: Nice, yet not to hard mate in 3.
Replies: 13
Views: 2884

Re: Nice, yet not to hard mate in 3.

http://i65.tinypic.com/2n808wp.jpg White to move. !. Rxd5! That was the second line I looked at. On the third line I explored, I knew I had right away but it is a bit more 'Forcing'. :wink: I'm rusty!! I rejected Qxe6+!! *Ugh* 1. Qxe6+!!..Bxe6 (if ..Be7 2. Qxe7#) 2. Bc6+..Bd7 3. Bxd7# I'm old. :(
by Terry McCracken
Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Chess Players Forum
Topic: Nice, yet not to hard mate in 3.
Replies: 13
Views: 2884

Re: Nice, yet not to hard mate in 3.

AdminX wrote:Image
White to move.
1. Rxd5!
by Terry McCracken
Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Chess Players Forum
Topic: Dragon Yugoslav 12...Qe8N
Replies: 6
Views: 2151

Re: Dragon Yugoslav 12...Qe8N

I think Qe8!? is too passive for the Dragon. White, in this computer game, appeared to have an easy time of it.

Who is using it? Or, is this a common line in computer games?
by Terry McCracken
Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Is Bxh6 as good as it looks?
Replies: 11
Views: 3084

Re: Is Bxh6 as good as it looks?

Yes, there is no question at all. Firstly white gets 2 important pawn for a bishop, and gets a ruinous attack. White has a pawn on e5 to hamper defence. It shouldn't take many seconds for a human to give up the bishop and be confident of winning. Not so obvious. At first glance white needs one more...