As far as I'm aware, Rybka has participated in all 9 major official tournaments since she was first released on December 4th 2005. She has been the clear (unshared) winner in 8 of them, and then she shared 2nd place in one.
Here are the tournaments in chronological order, with the most well-known participating competitors mentioned in order of their placement:
1) 15th International Paderborn Computer Chess Championship 5.5/7 1st place ahead of Gandalf, Zappa, Spike, Shredder, Fruit.
2) CCT 8 8/9 1st place ahead of Zappa, Junior, Hiarcs, Spike, Fruit, Diep.
3) 6th International CSVN Tournament (ICT Leiden) 8.5/9 1st place ahead of Shredder, Gandalf, Diep.
4) 14th World Computer Chess Championship 8.5/11 2nd with Shredder, behind Junior (9/11), ahead of Zappa, Spike, Diep.
5) 26th Open Dutch Computer-Chess Championship 9/9 1st place ahead of Loop, Hiarcs, Fruit, Gandalf, Shredder.
6) 16th International Paderborn Computer Chess Championship 6.5/7 1st place ahead of Shredder, Gandalf, Spike, Diep.
7) CCT 9 6/7 1st place ahead of Hiarcs, Spike, Naum, Loop, Zap!Chess, Junior, Diep.
8) 7th International CSVN Tournament (ICT Leiden) 7.5/9 1st place ahead of Zappa Zanzibar, Hiarcs-X, Deep Sjeng.
9) 15th World Computer Chess Championship 10/11 1st place ahead of Zappa, Loop, Shredder, Gridchess, Deep Sjeng.
Rybka lost two games in those 9 tournaments, 1 against Spike in her first tournament, and then the one against Shredder costing her the 14th World Championship.
Total score: 69½/79 (88%). 62 wins - 15 draws - 2 losses.
Incidentally, Fritz didn't participate in any of these tournaments :P
Now, that puts Rybka into perspective, doesn't it!!! What Vas needs is a business manager like "Sam Phillips" was to Rock'n'Roll-some one with a great deal of energy and a lot of good ideas.
Also interesting to note: Rybka won the last 4 Turin games, than 9/9 in the Dutch Open and the
first 5 games in Paderborn. That's 18 in a row!
awesome record in the books.
But this is not the record. The record is held (and will probably stay that way) by first world champion Wilhelm Steinitz. He won 25 consecutive games between 1873 and 1882.
I don't get you! That's the whole point! They have Fritz saying it-and, hell...we have Billy Mays commenting on it! How can you possibly argue with that? Fritz still gets to say it for folks like...well, like yourself! We got Billy Mays saying it for a whole lot of folks who like Rybka and Fritz. Don't be so narrow minded now.
I mean, come on! What's good for the goose is good for the gander! You know what I mean?
No hard feelings-
I think you've been eating too much of that red meat lately and being chased by killer tomatoes hasn't helped you think straight lately either, and stay off the worcestershire sauce-for God's sake!
Pitching Rybka on late night television would never work because the competition's commercial is already available. Do you remember the Bass-O-Matic commercial where Dan Akaroyd feeds a large fish into a blender with the voice over "IT SLICES, IT DICES...". It would be very hard to compete with this powerful imagery.
Please, send that to FIDE. :-)
Nah, I don't think that's necessary, I am sure that Kirsan is already an avid reader of the Rybka forum :-)
Anyway, I had some amusement reading the interviews with the representatives from the recent Fritz-Junior match.
Note these questions and answers (Alexander Kure was the representative of the Fritz team):
>Q: What is your reaction to the letter from the creator of Rybka, who is challenging the winner of this match?
>A.K.: Rybka is not a reigning World Champion, and Junior is. There was a similar situation when Bobby Fischer considered himself a champion, but did not want to play in a qualification. Maybe Rybka is the strongest program in the world, however it has to win the championship to prove it.
The irony is thick :-) Rybka is the only engine participating in all 9 major official tournaments since her release, while Fritz for a long time has participated in.... zero tournaments.
>Q: Do you consider Rybka being among, let’s say, top three or top five chess engines?
>S.B., A.B.: Yes. Rybka shared the 2nd-3rd places in the World Championship in 2006.
Their insistence on disregarding any results or statistical data but those of the "World Championship" strikes me as, well, let's say funny :-) I guess the logical conclusion is that Fritz does not even enter the radar of strong engines since it never participates in any tournaments ;-) At any rate, we can now rest assured that both the Fritz team and the Junior team consider Rybka the strongest engine in the world!
>Maybe Rybka is the strongest program in the world, however it has to win the championship to prove it.
If that's the way they test possible improvements in Fritz and Junior, it's no wonder Rybka is much stronger. :)
>Also, the letter is addressed to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has many excellent qualities but has never written a chess engine, as far as I know.
I have never written a chess engine either, so it looks like my opinion doesn't matter.
>And now I think all the candidates in Elista are using our products to prepare their opening innovations.
Note the absence of a mention about which products they are using. The Fritz GUI certainly is very popular.
>---More funny stuff---
Is it June Fool's Day already?
I do feel bad for the Chessbase employees, who have to toe the company line, probably without much reward. The comment of Alex Kure is hilarious :)
the Fritz myth, but alas, now Rybka is worldchamp and there is no denying anymore :-)
Please, add month and year of these events.
I don't have time to compile the exact dates of the tournaments right now. With regard to the versions used, I think only Vas can give precise information.
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