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Subject: Re: A few notes from Arasan's games in CCT2

Author: James Robertson

Date: 18:55:17 11/05/00

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On November 05, 2000 at 21:25:01, Jon Dart wrote:

>A few notes on Arasan's games from CCT-2:
>Arasan beat Insomniac in the first round.

I think the critical blunder was trading the knight for 3 pawns, after which
black really has no play. He needs at least oned more passed pawn.

>opened the h file but this actually wound up
>benefiting White after 39. Qh2. The final blow was
>at this point:
>[D] 5k2/5q2/pp1rp1Q1/5p2/2P1pNp1/6P1/P7/5R1K w - -
>when Arasan played the surprising but strong move c4.

c5. Insomniac played Kf7, expecting c5. Unfortunately, the score collapsed
practically immediately.

>Insomniac was unlucky in this tournament it seems.

I hope that was it.... Perhaps a lot can easily be attributed to bad luck, but
that is the wrong attitude to take if you expect to improve your program.
Insomniac did make some obviously bad moves that can corrected, so I have high
hopes for future tournaments.


>Arasan played a Benko gambit against Crafty. After
>9. f4 (which is unusual but seems quite good) Arasan
>was out of book and it never had a positive score
>for the whole game. Crafty was hitting 1 million NPS,
>Arasan about 200k. It is a bit surprising Crafty
>didn't do better in the overall standings.
>Arasan-lambchop was interesting. It was book until
>move 17. Arasan was worse but managed to create
>and push a passed pawn. After 32. cxb1=Q it actually
>had a + score briefly.
>However, soon after, lambchop found f4! in this
>position, and won quickly:
>[D] 5q2/3Q1N1p/r4kp1/4p3/3nb3/1B5P/5PP1/1R4K1 w - -
>The last round game was aginst Terrax, which I've
>never even heard of.
>TerraX as White played e4 e6 c4 and Arasan was out of
>book right away. It played strongly and it looked
>ready to win the endgame but Arasan wound up with
>a passer, too, and managed to draw. Anyone have any
>information on TerraX?

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