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Subject: CCT4 - Part 2 : Operator report for Bringer

Author: Peter Berger

Date: 10:44:17 01/31/02


Last weekend's report was :
http://www.icdchess.com/forums/1/message.shtml?208853 ( probably not up anymore,
but not yet in the search engine).

How was Bringer's second weekend ?

(Oh, btw :I really like the CCC search engine . Just found this one :
http://www.it.ro/ccc_search/ccc.php?art_id=197938 and had a good laugh :

"It seems there will probably be about 40 competitors in the cct-4 . Why 11
rounds then ? 7 rounds should be enough and make schedule easier." )

I'll return to this November statement soon :-).

Where were we ? Oh - time for the missing round reports:

7th round : Bringer - Pharaon 1-0

(Three days have passed since I wrote the first few lines - enthusiasm dies fast
once a tournament is over .. - I'll finish this report tonight in reporter style
- no matter what - who cares about analysis :-) )

One of the crucial games in a tournament , against a rival of similar strength.
Win and go up the ladder , lose and vanish somewhere in the field.

Pharaon chose the French as usual and black's position looked nice right after
the opening. Major problem for both sides remained king safety though. Then the
programs went wild and entered complicated tactical struggle which Bringer left
as the winner . Thrilling to watch , tough to analyze. Fun to watch for lovers
of tactical battles probably and I suspect this was Bringer's best game in the
tournament. Black resigned a little early but it was justified. I think where
others were lucky more than once Pharaon had tough luck in several games in this
tournament and finished too low.

[Event "ICS Match (Partie in 60 Minuten + 10 Sekunde(n) pro Zug)"]
[Site "unbekannt"]
[Date "2002.01.26"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Bringer1.9"]
[Black "pharaon(C)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2489"]
[BlackElo "2148"]

1. e4  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } e6  2. d4  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } d5  3. e5  { 0.00
0:00:00.0 }
c5  4. c3  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } Nc6  5. Nf3  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 }
Bd7  6. Be2  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } Nge7  7. Na3  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 }
cxd4  8. cxd4  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } Nf5  9. Nc2  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 }
Qb6  10. O-O  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } a5  11. g4  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 }
Nfe7  12. Nh4  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } f6  13. exf6  { 0.12/14 0:02:05.1 }
gxf6  14. b3  {-0.02/13 0:02:50.1 (PB: 0:00:01.1 ) } a4  15. Rb1  { 0.36/13
0:01:53.5 }
axb3  16. Rxb3  { 0.25/13 0:02:19.8 } Qc7  17. Na3  { 0.15/13 0:01:47.2 (PB:
0:00:01.0 ) }
Ng6  18. Ng2  { 0.13/13 0:01:57.3 } Qc8  19. Qd2  { 0.27/11 0:02:04.1 }
e5  20. dxe5  { 0.31/13 0:01:48.7 } fxe5  21. Nb5  { 0.41/12 0:02:33.8 (PB:
0:00:01.3 ) }
Be6  22. Rb2  { 0.48/11 0:01:45.7 (PB: 0:00:01.0 ) } d4  23. Qc2  { 0.47/11
0:01:14.7 (PB: 0:01:14.5 ) }
Bd5  24. Bg5  { 0.47/10 0:01:58.4 } Rg8  25. Re1  { 0.39/10 0:01:39.4 }
Qd7  26. a4  { 0.47/10 0:01:31.7 (PB: 0:01:31.5 ) } Rg7  27. Reb1  { 0.40/11
0:01:24.2 }
Rf7  28. Bd1  { 0.28/11 0:01:28.2 (PB: 0:01:28.0 ) } Na5  29. Qd3  { 0.42/11
0:01:53.8 }
Nc4  30. Rc2  { 0.08/11 0:00:48.0 } Rxa4  31. Rcc1  {-0.08/11 0:01:27.9 (PB:
0:00:24.7 ) }
Ra2  32. Rxc4  { 0.93/11 0:01:36.7 (PB: 0:01:36.6 ) } Rfxf2  33. Nc7+  { 1.49/11
0:00:58.9 }
Kf7  34. Ne1  { 1.43/11 0:01:35.4 (PB: 0:00:19.6 ) } Bc6  35. Rxc6  { 2.34/11
0:01:13.9 (PB: 0:00:10.4 ) }
bxc6  36. Bb3+  { 2.52/11 0:00:58.7 (PB: 0:00:11.6 ) } Kg7  37. Ne6+  { 3.42/11
0:03:36.5 (PB: 0:00:28.4 ) }
Kh8  38. Nf3  { 3.52/12 0:01:30.8 (PB: 0:00:01.1 ) } Qf7
{pharaon resigns}1-0

Here we are and something to remember - standings after 7th round -
http://www.vrichey.de/cct4/round7.htm  :-) , but there were four more rounds to
go.

8th round : Junior - Bringer 1/2

Another wild complicated tactical battle. After a sensible opening and an equal
early middlegame Junior somehow managed to get a strong attack later and
outplayed black and Bringer maybe missed something somewhere ?! :-) (this after
an hour with Fritz analysis .. ) . I'll leave this to the stronger players to
find out .

Interesting is to find out where Junior failed :

ban(C) - Bringer1.9
[D]8/6Np/1p3Q2/p2k4/6q1/8/1P3K1P/8 w - - 0 1

Can this be won for white ? I think it's very likely even though it's difficult
- after Junior's 43. Nf5? it looks like a forced perpetual.

[Event "ICS Match (Partie in 60 Minuten + 10 Sekunde(n) pro Zug)"]
[Site "unbekannt"]
[Date "2002.01.26"]
[Round "1"]
[White "ban(C)"]
[Black "Bringer1.9"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2701"]
[BlackElo "2489"]

1. e4  c5  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 2. Nf3  d6  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 3. d4
cxd4  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 4. Nxd4  Nf6  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 5. Nc3
a6  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 6. Be3  e6  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 7. Be2
b6  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 8. f4  Bb7  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 9. Bf3
Nbd7  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 10. O-O  Rc8  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 11. Qe1
Rc7  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 12. Rd1  Qc8  { 0.00 0:00:00.0 } 13. Bf2
Be7  {-0.86/13 0:01:23.6 } 14. e5  Bxf3  {-0.09/15 0:01:31.2 }
15. Nxf3  dxe5  { 0.00/14 0:01:17.5 (PB: 0:00:39.7 ) } 16. fxe5
Ng4  { 0.09/14 0:02:10.8 } 17. Bd4  O-O  { 0.11/13 0:02:46.5 (PB: 0:00:02.5 ) }
18. a4  Rd8  { 0.21/13 0:01:37.9 } 19. Qg3  Nh6  { 0.41/13 0:04:19.4 }
20. Ng5  Rc4  { 0.60/12 0:01:07.1 } 21. Nge4  Nf5  { 0.29/13 0:01:22.8 }
22. Rxf5  exf5  { 0.15/13 0:01:50.6 (PB: 0:00:26.3 ) } 23. Nd6
Bxd6  { 0.04/14 0:02:45.7 (PB: 0:02:45.5 ) } 24. exd6  f6  { 0.05/13 0:01:16.2
(PB: 0:01:16.1 ) }
25. Nd5  Kf8  { 0.18/12 0:01:48.1 (PB: 0:01:48.0 ) } 26. c3  Rxa4  { 0.57/12
0:01:00.9 }
27. Ne7  Qc4  { 0.02/12 0:01:22.1 } 28. Nxf5  Qf7  {-0.05/11 0:01:44.1 (PB:
0:00:02.7 ) }
29. Re1  Re8  { 0.12/12 0:00:59.9 (PB: 0:00:02.5 ) } 30. Re7
Ra1+  {-0.21/12 0:01:39.5 (PB: 0:00:03.2 ) } 31. Kf2  Qg6  {-0.55/13 0:01:12.6
(PB: 0:00:02.3 ) }
32. Rxe8+  Kxe8  {-1.43/13 0:05:23.7 (PB: 0:00:02.6 ) } 33. Qe3+
Ne5  {-2.08/13 0:02:33.1 (PB: 0:00:02.8 ) } 34. Qe4  Rd1  {-2.22/11 0:01:41.1
(PB: 0:00:02.6 ) }
35. g4  Rxd4  {-1.73/10 0:01:16.0 (PB: 0:00:03.0 ) } 36. cxd4
Qxg4  {-1.82/12 0:01:33.7 (PB: 0:01:33.5 ) } 37. d7+  Kxd7  {-2.05/13 0:00:36.5
(PB: 0:00:36.3 ) }
38. Qb7+  Ke6  {-2.04/13 0:00:54.5 (PB: 0:00:25.3 ) } 39. Nxg7+
Kd6  {-2.14/13 0:02:02.1 (PB: 0:00:21.8 ) } 40. dxe5+  Kxe5  {-2.13/13 0:02:39.9
(PB: 0:00:02.6 ) }
41. Qe7+  Kd5  {-2.21/13 0:02:21.3 (PB: 0:00:02.6 ) } 42. Qxf6
a5  {-2.48/11 0:01:26.8 (PB: 0:00:26.8 ) } 43. Nf5  Qf4+  {-2.03/11 0:01:11.9 }
44. Kg2  Qe4+  {-0.60/13 0:00:45.1 } 45. Kh3  Qf3+  {-0.20/13 0:01:01.5 (PB:
0:00:07.0 ) }
46. Kh4  Qf2+  {-0.55/12 0:01:01.0 (PB: 0:01:00.8 ) } 47. Kg5
Qd2+  {-0.59/13 0:01:39.6 } 48. Kh5  Qxh2+  {-0.18/14 0:06:40.7 (PB: 0:06:40.6 )
}
49. Nh4  Qe2+  {-0.16/12 0:00:52.4 (PB: 0:00:52.2 ) } 50. Kh6
Qe3+  {-0.15/13 0:01:37.7 (PB: 0:01:37.6 ) } 51. Kxh7  Kc4  {-0.15/12 0:00:56.8
(PB: 0:00:56.7 ) }
52. Nf5  Qh3+  {-0.15/12 0:01:12.9 (PB: 0:01:12.8 ) } 53. Kg7
Kb3  {-0.14/12 0:00:41.0 } 54. Kf7  Ka2  {-0.12/11 0:00:51.1 }
55. Nd4
{Game drawn by mutual agreement}1/2-1/2

9th round: Bringer - Fritz O-1

A surprising Fritz move :

Bringer1.9 - DeepFritz(C)
[D]4rrk1/ppq1bppp/3p2b1/2pPN3/4P1P1/2NQ3P/PPP2P2/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1

Here Fritz played the surprising pawn sac 18. ...Bf6!? Is this stronger than the
drawish dxe5 ? It worked well enough - Bringer was killed in 32 moves... Well
anyway, it's Fritz and losing first game in 9th round ..

10th round:: Tao - Bringer 1/2

When we forget about first game against Celes this is probably the only game
where Bringer was left out of  opening book in a rather unfriendly position. In
a Sicilian with the unusual 2. c4 Tao managed to transpose in a Maroczy bind
which looked very passive for black.

TaoYin - Bringer1.9
[D]4rrk1/1p1bppbp/p2p2p1/q2nn1B1/P1PNP3/1P3PP1/6BP/2RQ1R1K w - - 0 1

I think this is the point where Tao lost its little advantage with the weaker
move 18.cxd5?!

A nice little shot by Bringer:

TaoYin - Bringer1.9
[D]r1r3k1/3bp3/3p1p1p/B1qPn1p1/4P1P1/5P2/R3B2P/QR5K b - - 0 1

34. ...Bxg4!  Maybe not _too_ difficult for a silicon but Bringer continued not
to go for the perpetual but tried to win instead !

Would it have been possible to succeed ?

TaoYin - Bringer1.9
[D]r1r3k1/1q2p3/3p1p1p/B5p1/6P1/8/R2R3P/Q5K1 b - - 0 1

I think here Bringer missed its chances with 43. ...Qf3?! where 43....Qe4! might
have made the day. At least it is clear that Qe4 would have been the better
move.

An exciting game to watch in the penultimate round - probably not as witty as
the tactical battles before but easier to follow for a human :)

11th round : Bringer - Monsoon 1-0

Final round in a Swiss event : I slowly begin to believe in Gerrit Reubold's
funny theory that it's the only important one after all . Beat Hiarcs and
Pharaon ? Draw Fritz, Gandalf , Goliath, Junior, Zarkov ? Who cares ? Lose the
final round and you'll get a fair place somewhere in the middle of the pack ...

So it was Monsoon for the shoot-out, the well-known mighty last knight of the
Benoni . A question of honour to go for 1. d4 .

After they left the opening book both programs thought that the position was
about equal and soon both decided to enter a forced tactical line with similar
mainlines and evaluation eventually rising very much in White's favour.
Spectators couldn't really follow the programs' logic here and expected a draw
for a long time even when both programs were up to +5 for White already .
Bringer still had some technical difficulties as it was very eager to keep the
queens on the board all the time and it spent about 90% of its time in Q-Search
searching to something like ply 10 for a few moves in the endgame  ..

Maybe it was simply the final round stress but I was frightened a lot in this
game :-). I didn't know Monsoon  well before - it seems to be a _really_ deep
searcher. It often got the point much earlier but the point was that it was even
better for white all the time. I expect it to be a major competitor in the next
CCTs .

OK - and then it was over. Two weekends spent in front of  the computer watching
 Gerrit Reubold's program. It is unbelievable what an exhausting experience this
is even if there is _nothing_ to do except watching and you  are not even the
programmer of the engine :-)

The final result of CCT4 is clearly the biggest success in Bringer's (still
short) tournament history. Congrats to Gerrit !

In this very strong field it finished with 7/11 on shared 5th rank - 7th by
Buchholz etc. , ahead of several commercials and much more well-known programs,
lost only one game, played against most of the tops.

CCT1 : 12th/22
CCT3:  9th/32
CCT4: 7th/46

It's hard to imagine that this can be still improved on in CCT5 - but well,
that's what  I thought before the start of CCT4 , too :-).

Again the tournament was much fun and many thanks to the organizers ! Also the
atmosphere was very friendly , with many nice and interesting talks. The
tournament underdog hero clearly was Quark this time and Junior proved it is a
playing champion that took the challenge in this tournament where there was  not
much to earn for it - a playing worldchampion and well-deserved winner.

Cheers,
pete

PS: Gerrit and me met on ICC on Monday to discuss the tournament but somehow we
were both not interested in tournament talks too much. So he had to face his
little Frankenstein for himself in quite a lot of games instead. I think he did
quite well ( hehe , he will hate me for that part ..) Maybe the most interesting
one :

[Event "ICS Match (Partie in 5 Minuten + 0 Sekunde(n) pro Zug)"]
[Site "unbekannt"]
[Date "2002.01.29"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Bringer1.9"]
[Black "guest2337"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "0"]
[BlackElo "0"]

1. e4  e6  2. d4  d5  3. e5  c5  4. c3  Qb6  5. Nf3  Bd7  6. Be2
cxd4  7. cxd4  Bb5  8. Nc3  Bxe2  9. Nxe2  Bb4+  10. Bd2  Nc6
11. O-O  Bxd2  12. Qxd2  Nge7  13. Rac1  O-O  14. Rc5  Rac8  15. Rfc1
a6  16. Ng5  { 0.15/10 0:00:11.3 } h6  17. Nf3  { 0.19/12 0:00:08.3 }
Nb4  18. a3  { 0.25/12 0:00:05.3 } Nbc6  19. b4  { 0.20/12 0:00:13.7 (PB:
0:00:13.6 ) }
Na7  20. Qd3  { 0.26/11 0:00:08.4 } Rxc5  21. bxc5  { 0.25/12 0:00:09.3 }
Qb5  22. Qxb5  { 0.30/13 0:00:05.9 } Nxb5  23. a4  { 0.32/14 0:00:04.5 (PB:
0:00:04.4 ) }
Na7  24. Rb1  { 0.33/13 0:00:04.1 (PB: 0:00:04.0 ) } Rb8  25. h3  { 0.31/13
0:00:03.9 (PB: 0:00:03.8 ) }
Nac8  26. Nd2  { 0.28/12 0:00:06.3 } b5  27. axb5  { 0.33/14 0:00:04.6 }
Rxb5  28. g4  { 0.49/11 0:00:03.9 } Rxb1+  29. Nxb1  { 0.60/14 0:00:03.9 }
Nc6  30. f4  { 0.45/14 0:00:04.6 } N8a7  31. Kf2  { 0.54/14 0:00:07.6 (PB:
0:00:02.9 ) }
Nb5  32. Ke3  { 0.34/14 0:00:06.5 (PB: 0:00:02.7 ) } Kf8  33. f5  { 0.34/14
0:00:05.6 (PB: 0:00:02.8 ) }
Ke7  34. Nbc3  { 0.58/12 0:00:03.2 } Nxc3  35. Nxc3  { 0.58/13 0:00:07.6 }
Kd7  36. h4  { 0.73/12 0:00:02.8 } Ke7  37. g5  { 0.73/12 0:00:03.2 }
hxg5  38. hxg5  { 0.73/14 0:00:03.0 (PB: 0:00:02.8 ) } g6  39. f6+  { 0.79/16
0:00:03.1 }
Kd7  40. Na4  { 0.78/16 0:00:02.6 (PB: 0:00:02.4 ) } Kc7  41. Kd3  { 0.61/16
0:00:12.8 }
Nb4+  42. Kd2  { 0.57/16 0:00:04.5 (PB: 0:00:04.4 ) } Kc6  43. Nc3  { 0.59/16
0:00:03.5 }
a5  44. Nb1  { 0.60/16 0:00:06.0 (PB: 0:00:05.8 ) } Kb5  45. Kc3  { 0.50/14
0:00:04.7 }
Nc6  46. Na3+  { 0.59/15 0:00:04.0 } Ka4  47. Nc2  { 0.56/15 0:00:08.3 }
Nb4  48. Ne3  { 1.48/14 0:00:02.9 } Kb5  49. Nf5  { 3.18/12 0:00:02.3 }
Ka4  50. Nd6  { 7.19/15 0:00:17.7 } Ka3  51. Nxf7  { 10.42/13 0:00:01.5 }
a4  52. Nd8  { 11.19/12 0:00:01.9 } Na2+  53. Kd2  { 11.86/13 0:00:02.4 (PB:
0:00:02.2 ) }
Kb2  54. f7  { 12.26/13 0:00:03.8 (PB: 0:00:03.6 ) } a3  55. c6  { 12.26/12
0:00:01.6 (PB: 0:00:01.4 ) }
Nb4  56. c7  { 23.20/9 0:00:11.1 }
{guest2337 resigns}1-0

PPS: For those who heard the program name for the first time and got interested
. You can get your own copy of the very tournament version - it is the one you
can download at Gerrit's homepage : http://www.reubold.onlinehome.de . The
program has a GUI of its own and should be easy to install for everyone.



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