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by zenpawn
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Chess Players Forum
Topic: Kramnik Idea to abolish draws should be used in Championship...
Replies: 7
Views: 611

Re: Kramnik Idea to abolish draws should be used in Championship...

Leo wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:52 pm
I wish they would make the championship longer than 12 games. How about 16? It use to be be 24.
Agreed. They are at least moving back in that direction as the next championship will be contested over 14 games: https://en.chessbase.com/post/fide-upda ... ampionship
by zenpawn
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Chess Players Forum
Topic: what are the 4 players that will play to challenge Carlsen?
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: what are the 4 players that will play to challenge Carlsen?

The 8 players who will compete in the Candidates Tournament 2020 are Fabiano Caruana, Teimour Radjabov, Ding Liren, Wang Hao, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, Kirill Alekseenko. How they each qualified is detailed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Che ... nship_2020
by zenpawn
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Tournaments and Matches
Topic: CCRL 40/40, 40/4 and FRC lists updated (21st December 2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: CCRL 40/40, 40/4 and FRC lists updated (21st December 2019)

Edsel Apostol wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:33 pm
Thanks for testing Invictus!

Invictus r305 64-bit - 2915
Invictus r228 64-bit - 2256

659 Elo! Not bad for a 2 months part time effort. :) Hopefully it will catch up to Hannibal in the near future!
Very impressive! To which change(s) would you attribute the majority of that gain?
by zenpawn
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Tournaments and Matches
Topic: December Knockout
Replies: 23
Views: 1223

Re: December Knockout

There were quite a few drawn matches. Too bad they had to be decided by coin flip.
by zenpawn
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: I was right!
Replies: 16
Views: 1193

Re: I was right!

So, to be clear, which exactly was the move that messed with Kasparov's mind? 44. ... Rxd1 - it was an inconsequential move in the game, DB literally play this move at random , but it planted the seed of doubt in Kasparov's mind While that was the move attributed to a bug, the one that really cause...
by zenpawn
Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: I was right!
Replies: 16
Views: 1193

Re: I was right!

On one level, the DB win was the worst thing that ever happen to computer chess. DB would not even be close to today's top engines with today' hardware. But at the time , there was nothing else close to it. Why did IBM have to take the machine apart? I never understood that, DB should have gone rig...
by zenpawn
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Lee Se-dol retires in face of AI...
Replies: 13
Views: 1267

Re: Lee Se-dol retires in face of AI...

I wonder if the relentless advance of the machine was a factor in Gary Kasparov's retirement? My recollection is that it had a lot to do with the lack of a proper candidates system at the time to determine the next challenger. Wikipedia: "He cited as the reason a lack of personal goals in the chess...
by zenpawn
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: World Fischer Random Championship
Replies: 98
Views: 8214

Re: World Fischer Random Championship

So Wesley So becomes the World champion by an incredible score of 13.5 to 2.5 over Magnus Carlsen.. That is incredible ! Agreed. Note: For those who don't know, the scoring was weighted such that the 45/40 + SD/15min games were worth 3 points, the 15+2 games were worth 2 points, and the blitz 3+2 (...
by zenpawn
Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: World Fischer Random Championship
Replies: 98
Views: 8214

Re: World Fischer Random Championship

Our Normal chess is position #518 in Chess960, also notice that playing our Normal Standard Chess Position in Chess960 the Castling is done differently watch this video carefully, you can NOT castle by simply picking up the King and dropping it on the g square, you have to drop the King on top of t...
by zenpawn
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: is this a fortress?
Replies: 17
Views: 3769

Re: is this a fortress?

I don't see the fortress, it seems to me that back can force a pawn off the board, either a or b pawn or the g4 pawn and once a white pawn comes off , it's over. Agreed, though it's less about the a-pawn than the g-pawn. Once black installs its own pawn on g4, the standard f3 fortress square is gon...