Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Strongest chess tournament in history

Computers indeed is taking over the world. A Category 29 tournament? Sounds crazy. But it is actually happening! Arbiter Hans Secelle calculated that the average rating of participating software Rybka, Shredder, Naum and Deep Sjeng adds up to (3052 + 2970 + 2956 + 2947) = 2981. Heck, even if you put all the strongest chess player in history, Fisher, Kasparov, Alekhine, Capablanca Kramnik, Anand etc, in one tournament they won't surpassed the average rating or even come closed to the chess960 computer chess world championship in Mainz this July. So to what computer program you are rooting for? I keep two German computer programs in my hard drives, Fritz 10 and Shredder though it was Fritz 10 I regularly spar with and Shredder makes a good game analyst more than Fritz, I presume. Anyway I'd like to see Rybka keep her (yes, it's a she) title. We need Kasparov too in chess computers to draw more interest in the public and make this amazing world of computer chess far more and more exciting. Anyway do cheating, by the help of other computer programs or world class chess players, is also disallowed in such tournaments? Just asking. Lol.

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