Here's the main tournament site, Spanish fluency is required.
2. "and began banging out a long succession of computer moves so rapidly that Fenollar suddenly realized that he could not keep up the pace..."
how much time did u have left on your clock? how much time did your opponent have? and how fast were u playing (around 1 move every 2 seconds or so?)
3. "Fenollar apparently decided to abandon computer analysis and promptly made a very human blunder on the 96th move. Williams immediately halted his rapid playing rhythm, double-checked the position, and then slowly shook his head at his opponent with grim surmise."
was the position after your opponent's blunder accessed via EGTB, thus showing u the forced win? or was it simply the chess engine eval skyrocketing?
4. "To Williams’ surprise, after analysis that had already used up over an hour of the clock Molina concluded that there was no point in continuing the contest after the 10th move and congratulated his opponent for his novelty. "
what happened here? why did your opponent resign after only 10 moves?
2. When the pace changed I think he was down to less than five minutes; his opponent had double that but was taking much longer to make his moves, so he was in greater time trouble. Anson put out something like 30 moves in under two minutes.
3. Eval skyrocketed.
4. As you see in the article he spent a long time evaluating the position and apparently saw defeat in every direction. Most people would have played on. This opponent was the only one who recognized Anson as a Freestyle champion because he himself had played in the 7th tournament. Maybe he was intimidated? We'll never know. Anson had a considerable language barrier over there as relatively few people spoke English. Wish I had been there, I could have acted as a bouncer when the spectators were literally breathing down his neck.
1. in regards to the 10 move win, how bad is the position acc. to rybka eval?
2. the blunder made by Jorda, by "very human blunder," does that mean the blunder was a careless one or a subtle one (e.g. if u dont have proper endgame knowledge of that position, it's very easy to make that type of blunder)?
3. any thoughts as to why anson's final opp. offered a draw after just 3 moves? would his standing be unaffected no matter had he won, lost, or drew against anson?
2. Wasn't careless, but the computer instantly went to about +1.50. Any human could have made the move under time pressure. Really the big mistake wasn't move 96 (which was fatal) but his deciding a couple of moves earlier to leave the blockaded position.
3. No clue why he offered draw. Anson certainly didn't solicit one.
2. if i recall, this also happened during the rybka vs. zappa mexico match. seeing the 50-move draw rule in its search horizion, rybka decided to bust thru the totally blocked position, only to end up losing. so that's 0-2 thus far for the side that decided to bust thru!
But more distressing was what happened in the third round against Fenollar, the top seed. This fellow actually was getting up out of his chair repeatedly and doing exactly what I described above. Anson felt this behavior was extraordinary and went to the arbiters during the match to find out of such conduct was allowed. They affirmed that it was!
Subsequently other players complained to the arbiters about this conduct and I am not sure if they eventually reversed their ruling.
The lesson: if you go to these tournaments you definitely need to anticipate that anything that appears on your monitor is liable to be noted by everyone else. A privacy screen would be just one counterintelligence measure a prospective competitor should utilize.
> This fellow actually was getting up out of his chair repeatedly and doing exactly what I described above.
I find that a fist works well in this situation.
I find that a fist works well in this situation.
Damned straight ! Even if disqualification and a trip to jail hangs in the balance , respect will always out-weigh the consequenses. I don't care who you are.
Wikipedia summarises the chapters of The Art of War nicely, my emphasis:
The first chapter, "Planning," explores the five key elements that define competitive position (mission, climate, ground, leadership, and methods) and how to evaluate your competitive strengths against your competition.
"Going to War" explains the economic nature of competition and how success requires making winning pay, which in turn, requires limiting the cost of competition and conflict.
"Planning the Attack" defines the source of strength as unity, not size, and the five ingredients that you need to succeed in any competitive situation.
"Positioning" explains the importance of defending existing positions until you can advance them and how you must recognize opportunities, not try to create them.
"Force" explores the use of creativity and timing to build your competitive momentum.
"Weakness and Strength" explains how your opportunities come from the openings in the environment caused by the relative weakness of your competitors in a given area.
"Armed Conflict" explains the dangers of direct conflict and how to win those confrontations when they are forced upon you.
"Adapting to the Situation" focuses on the need for flexibility in your responses. It explains how to respond to shifting circumstances successfully.
"Armed March" describes the different situations in which you find yourselves as you move into new competitive arenas and how to respond to them. Much of it focuses on evaluating the intentions of others.
"Field Position" looks the three general areas of resistance (distance, dangers, and barriers) and the a six types of ground positions that arise from them. Each of these six field positions offers certain advantages and disadvantages.
"Nine Terrain" describes nine common situations (or stages) in a competitive campaign, from scattering to deadly, and the specific focus you need to successfully navigate each of them.
"Attacking with Fire" explains the use of weapons generally and the use of the environment as a weapon specifically. It examines the five targets for attack, the five types of environmental attack, and the appropriate responses to such attack.
"Using Spies" focuses on the importance of developing good information sources, specifically the five types of sources and how to manage them.
Pretty much the Cato approach to a game of chess? If it's true that people are only motivated to do anything by two forces 1) fear and 2) hope of pleasure, then you need to outweigh 2) with 1) occasionally.
PS. "Using spies" .. haha that is your never ending script that keeps popping into finished games on playchess :)
Why be lazy? The whole treatise can be read in about an hour if I recall.
> We have modified the rules of chess to create a game of imperfect information. By introducing hidden pieces into the game, we have been able to gauge the effect of uncertainty on playing strength. The addition of a hidden white piece led to white winning between 63%-89% of its games. The advantage gained from an invisible piece is dependent on both the type of piece that is hidden, and the search depth at which games are played. Greater search depths increase the value of hidden pieces, although diminishing returns were noted at increased depths. The advantage of a hidden piece is typically greater than the effect of an equivalent extra piece. In this sense, information superiority gained via stealth is a more powerful advantage than additional material. The results indicate that uncertainty arising from hidden pieces profoundly influences outcomes in the game of chess.
but justice prevailed at least in this instance, as anson not only won his match against fenollar, but the tourney as well.
Ah, one more tip for future attendees. Bring electrician's tape. Before each game wrap your power cord in such a way that nobody will be able to "accidentally" kick off the power at a crucial moment! I'm serious, anarchism has had a long history in Spain!
>Anson had a considerable language barrier over there as relatively few people spoke English.
Benidorm is particularly popular with British and Dutch tourists. In fact, there are whole sections of the city where you will rarely hear a word of Spanish and there are pubs on every corner advertising an "authentic British menu".
I won't make the obvious joke about food poisoning.
> Here's the main tournament site, Spanish fluency is required.
I'd have expected it to be in Catalan, or even Valencian.
The original (though not the final) program says:the players can use electronic dispositives... Games of 90' plus 30'' additional --- what happened to the increment? Of course, it also seems to say that 60 participants are necessary for this event . There is also PUEDEN SOLICITARSE HASTA 3 BYES - but I guess you can't ask for one at the last minute.
That's a good point about the time increment not being in accord with what was billed. There surely wasn't one during the tournament. No idea why they dispensed with it.
The bit about 60 players being required was also a major source of pre-tournament worry, as we feared that the whole thing would get called off, resulting in wasted time and plane fare. We spent quite some time attempting to get assurances on this score. We received conflicting indications and were rather perplexed at times.
Correct on the byes: you were not permitted to just declare one on the spot. It had to be coordinated.
2. My opponent was about 10 minutes up at one stage. Torwards the end of the game, I had about 5 minutes to his 10. Once the clocks were less than 5 minutes, I no longer had to record the moves and could play very quickly. If I pondered his move successfully, I would reply instantly, sometimes a few moves were played before my clock ticked 1 second.
3. Once he made the mistake, at first I thought that I played too quickly and entered a wrong move which is why I paused to check everything. The evaluation swung to my favour, about -1.50 from a previous +0.5 or so. Soon after, it became clear I black had a win.
4. I was very shocked over his decision. I gave him my advice after the game to never resign so early. He was doing a lot of analysis and things weren't looking that good for him after losing the pawn. He spent a lot of time over his last 4 moves and I played mine very quickly, almost instantly. He feared he walked into my preparation and after burning up so much time on the clock, figured he would ultimately lose. Again, not a decision I would have taken myself. I was thinking of resigning early against Auryn in the 7th freestlye after he played h4 early in the game but I played on without success. He finished in 2nd place overall only half a point behind me no one can tell for sure what would have happened if he played on.
1. Katzenmaier-Wildberries 18 Jul 2007 0-1
2. Amanve4e-Nospa 28 Apr 2007 1-0
3. No obvious root game (to me) .. I thought that 12 ... Nd7 was a good choice for black here so will need to investigate further
4. Lol that's funny - maybe someone whispered "you missed b6" in your opponents ear? Still a lot to play for in this game I think.
5. Forgive me it looks like you took the foot off the pedal here .. 5 ... Nd4?! instead of 5 ... a6. I'm sure you had your reasons though.
6. 12. Re1 looks like a nice improvement over a Deep Shredder 9 - Rybka 1.2 CCRL 40/40 game 3 Jun 2006 1/2-1/2
7. 12. Rd1 avoiding 12 a4 (Babylon 5 - Frucke43 9 Sep 2007 1-0) interesting !
You took two quad-core computers to Spain? Laptops? Did you go by boat or trust them to London Airports baggage handlers!?
Thanks for your analysis and kind words.
> Coming back, it looked like they hit one of the quads with a sledgehammer.
Somehow I am not surprised. London St. Pancras to Paris is only 60 GBP on the Eurostar (train) .. no idea how much to get to Benidorm from there though.
[Event "6th PAL/CSS Freestyle Main Tournament"]
[Black "Cato the Younger"]
[EventType "swiss (rapid)"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Bg5 h6 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6
8. Be3 Bd6 9. Bd3 O-O 10. Qd2 Nd5 11. O-O b6 12. c4 Nxe3 13. Qxe3 Bb7 14. Be4
Bxe4 15. Qxe4 c5 16. Rad1 Qc7 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. g3 Rad8 19. Rfe1 Be7 20. b3 Bf6
21. Kg2 Qc5 22. Qb7 a5 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 24. Re2 g5 25. Nd2 Bd4 26. Ne4 Qf8 27. Nd2
Qc5 28. Ne4 Qf8 29. Nd2 Qd6 30. Nf3 Bc3 31. Rc2 Bf6 32. Rd2 Qf8 33. Rxd8 Qxd8
34. h3 Qd6 35. Qe4 Kg7 36. Qb7 Bc3 37. Qe4 Bf6 38. Qb7 Bb2 39. Qe4 Bc3 40. Qb7
Bb2 41. Qe4 1/2-1/2
[Event "60m + 15s, rated"]
[White "Szemcsó, Rybka 1.2n 32-bit"]
[Black "Felix 2, Fritz 9"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Bg5 h6 7. Nxf6+ Nxf6
8. Be3 Nd5 9. Qd2 Bd6 10. Bd3 O-O 11. O-O b6 12. c4 Nxe3 13. Qxe3 Bb7 14. Be4
Bxe4 15. Qxe4 c5 16. Rad1 Qc7 17. dxc5 Bxc5 18. Rd3 Rad8 19. Rfd1 Rxd3 20. Qxd3
Be7 21. Qe4 a6 22. Qe2 Rd8 23. Rxd8+ Bxd8 24. g3 Bf6 25. b3 Qc6 26. Ne5 Qd6 27.
Nd3 Bc3 28. Kg2 g6 29. Qf3 e5 30. Nf4 Bd4 31. Nd5 Kg7 32. a4 h5 33. h3 f5 34.
g4 Qd8 35. gxh5 Qg5+ 36. Kf1 Qc1+ 37. Ke2 Qc2+ 38. Kf1 gxh5 39. Qg3+ Kf7 40.
Qh4 Kg6 41. Qf6+ Kh7 42. Qe7+ Kh6 43. Qd6+ Kh7 44. Qc7+ Kh8 45. Qb8+ Kg7 46.
Qc7+ Kg6 47. Qc6+ Kg7 48. Qd7+ Kh8 49. Qd8+ Kh7 50. Qd7+ Kh6 51. Ne3 Qb1+ 52.
Ke2 Qb2+ 53. Kf1 Bxe3 54. Qe6+ Kg5 55. Qg8+ Kf6 56. Qd8+ Ke6 57. Qd5+ Kf6 58.
Qd6+ Kg5 59. Qd8+ Kg6 60. fxe3 Qb1+ 61. Ke2 Qc2+ 62. Kf1 Qc1+ 63. Kf2 Qc2+ 64.
Kf3 Qe4+ 65. Ke2 Qg2+ 66. Ke1 Qg3+ 67. Ke2 Qg2+ 68. Ke1 Qxh3 69. Qg8+ Kh6 70.
Qh8+ Kg6 71. Qxe5 h4 72. Qd6+ Kh5 73. Qd1+ Kh6 74. Qd6+ Kh5 75. Kf2 Qg4 76. Qc7
Qe4 77. Qf7+ Kg4 78. Qg7+ Kh3 79. Qg1 a5 80. Qf1+ Kg4 81. Qd1+ Kg5 82. Qd8+ Kh5
83. Qh8+ Kg4 84. Qg8+ Kh3 85. Qg6 Qg4 86. Qe6 f4 87. Qd5 Qg3+ 88. Ke2 Qxe3+ 89.
Kd1 Qg1+ 0-1
PS. Time to dust off my Mephisto !
It seems that Chessbase has taken a shine to the news and have published an article.
1. You gave Anand your autograph (or you were to busy)?
2. You make an offer to Anand for his next Advanced Chess match?
2. Shame, I didn't get round to making any such offers. I think that he just wanted to go and relax after playing for 4 hours on his feet :)
May be next year many freestylers will meet at Benidorm (if they organise another "Advanced Chess Tournament" - do you think so?), or at any other place, where tournament organisers will follow this example.
By the way, I am trying to prepare the 8th PAL/CSS Freestyle on playchess.com in February/March. The Benidorm event should be a good argument for the sponsor to do so. (Same as the Anand-Kramnik match in Moscow, which was very close to Freestyle, as players were making more extensive use of engines than ever before.)
ICCF GM & Freestyle Promoter
Competing in this tournament was great fun but can be quite costly if you are not a local competitor or don't manage to finish first. Food, accommodation and transport summed to a comparable figure as the first prize for me but I took away great memories. One which will last was seeing GM Anand play a very nice attacking combination during the simul which ended in a rook sac that evaluated as mate in 5.
There was a lot of interest from strong titled players about the advanced chess tournament but being familiar with the setup, I was really intrigued at the play of titled players (it's the first time I've seen GMs play live).
I think the future of freestyle chess is a promising one and I hope it receives the necessary promotion to keep it going.
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