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Subject: Re: Most brilliant novelty from cct7 Witchess-Arasan

Author: Vincent Diepeveen

Date: 08:13:17 02/14/05

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On February 14, 2005 at 10:56:24, Vincent Diepeveen wrote:

>>I was disappointed to lose the last game against cEng (witchess). It
>>had a very unusual opening:

You can get the position also from 1.e4,e5 2.nf3,nc6 3.bc4,nf6 4.nc3
or 1.e4,e5 2.nf3,nf6 3.nc3,nc6 4.bc4

So A year or 50 ago this was one of the most played openings. I hope you realize
that. Finding a novelty there that just crushes black completely also added to
that solid play from black without major blunders, is really something you
hardly see today.

Most novelties are like move 20 in sicilian somewhere. Or move 30 in Ruy-Lopez
mainline. So odds it gets at the board is real little. After 4..Nxe4 you can get
this nearly forced at the board. Finding alternatives for black which are real
good are real seldom. The played moves by black until move 12 are seen as the
best continuation for black.

>>[Event "?"]
>>[Site "chessclub.com"]
>>[Date "2005.02.13"]
>>[Round "?"]
>>[White "witchess"]
>>[Black "Arasan 9.0"]
>>[Result "1-0"]
>>[ECO "C28"]
>>[WhiteElo "2397"]
>>[BlackElo "2594"]
>>[TimeControl "3000+3"]
>>
>>1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nxe4 d5 6. Bd3 dxe4
>>7. Bxe4 Ne7 8. c3 f5 9. Bc2 e4 10. Ne5 Qd5 11. f4 exf3 12. Nxf3 Qe6+
>>13. Kf2 Qb6+ 14. d4 Be6 15. Ba4+ c6 16. Re1 Bd5 17. Bb3 O-O-O 18. Bg5
>>Qc7 19. Bxd5 cxd5 20. Qe2 Qb6 21. c4 Rd7 22. cxd5 Kb8 23. Qe5+ Ka8
>>24. d6 Rxd6 25. Bxe7 Bxe7 26. Qxe7 Rc8 27. Kg1 Rg8 28. Rac1 Rdd8
>> 1-0 {ArasanX resigns}
>>
>>I analyzed this overnight with Crafty but didn't find where Arasan
>>went wrong. I didn't like 7.. Ne7 and 7.. Bd6 seems to be better -
>>this has occurred in a few games with this line. After Ne7, Arasan
>>had its Bishop locked in and failed to develop it.
>
>I watched this game live and found it a very strong game from witchess.
>Especially because it plays without book. Let's be honest there. That's 700
>rating points (a real strong book).
>
>>1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nxe4 d5 6. Bd3 dxe4
>>7. Bxe4 Ne7
>
>Ne7 was first move out of book and to me it looked not only very strong, it is
>also well known theory.
>
>>8. c3
>Personally i would have played Bd3 there, but c3 is a very solid setup.
>

I hope you realize that the fact that white is having a great position after
13.Kf2 means trivially that 8.c3 is far better, as the rest of the moves are
more or less seen as the best continuation for black which happen of the board.

>> f5 9. Bc2 e4 10. Ne5 Qd5 11. f4 exf3 12. Nxf3 Qe6+
>>13. Kf2
>
>Kf2 is simply the best move. Amazingly no one plays it.


>> Qb6+
>
>I understand why programs go Qb6 here to avoid a quick d4-d5 later. However
>perhaps it's the wrong plan. Just development with Bd7 and you can still choose.
>
>Yet whites advantage is obvious after Bd7.
>
>For your own confidence, even the top programs see relative little score
>difference between Qb6 and other moves here. Only after a few moves they realize
>the problem bigtime for black.
>
>>14. d4 Be6 15. Ba4+ c6 16. Re1 Bd5 17. Bb3 O-O-O 18. Bg5
>
>After Bg5 the position is already completely won.
>
>>Qc7 19. Bxd5 cxd5 20. Qe2 Qb6 21. c4
>
>c4!!
>
>> Rd7 22. cxd5 Kb8 23. Qe5+ Ka8
>>24. d6 Rxd6 25. Bxe7 Bxe7 26. Qxe7 Rc8 27. Kg1 Rg8 28. Rac1 Rdd8
>> 1-0 {ArasanX resigns}
>
>It's a brilliant game from white.
>
>Black has made 0 mistakes and lost.
>
>>I was a bit surprised by 13. Kf2, keeping the Queens on -
>>Arasan expected Qd2 and a Queen exchange.
>
>13.Kf2!! is simply an improvement of the theory which deserves 2 exclamation
>marks.
>
>Because black has made 0 mistakes and white has shown a superb novelty, this
>is therefore the best game of the tournament by a large margin.
>
>>cEng played a nice attack and won handily.
>
>>Overall I am happy with a 4.5 score but it seems like you have to
>>keep improving to stay even - this is the best Arasan version I have
>
>50 points a year at least.
>
>>ever had, and the best hardware, and it is still finishing in the
>>middle of the field. As others have said, the amateur chess community
>>generally is improving.
>>
>>I appreciate the opportunity to have my program play and hope we will
>>do a CCT8.
>>
>>--Jon



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