What a beautiful start of the day: Cmilyte rolls the dice for the first round
traditions develop fast. During the computer chess tournament the initial
positions were determined by rolling the Chess960 dice by prominent
grandmasters or other Chess Classic coryphaeus. Last year we started this nice
tradition and it is actually easy to find a GM in the Rheingoldhalle:
almost 60 grandmasters played the FiNet Open! So the
tournament director Eric van Reem took a walk in the the lobby of the hall, snatched a GM and asked him/her to
throw the dice. On the final day he found Viktorija Cmilyte, who actuelly won the women´s competition in the FiNet
Open; Chess960 world champion Levon Aronian, who is a big computer chess fan, got up early
(11.00 AM) to take a look at the final games; Zhu Chen, the Chinese ex-world
champion Chinese who now plays for Quatar; and
finally Parimarjan Negi,
currently the world’s youngest grandmaster.
Hans-Walter Schmitt, Levon Aronian and Hans Secelle are happy that they do not have to play this position
master Viktorija Cmilyte
manages to construct a position where the left half of the board is “fairly
normal”. In the first game of the title match, Shredder comes out of the
opening with a small plus but when he looses some valuable tempi with one of
his bishops, Rybka bounces back with great force. In
the battle for bronze, Spike starts the game in his usual prosaic way, develops
soundly and wins almost effortlessly.
the next round, Chess960 world champion Levon Aronian puts the queens in the corner and off we go. Jonny and Spike
quickly draw by repetition and the same thing seems to be happening on the
other board. However, Shredder apparently thinks there’s still some play in it
and avoids threefold repetition. In a very tactical position, Rybka’s passed pawns somehow seem to run faster than
Shredder’s and the current world champion has to part with his bishop to stop Rybka’s g-pawn. Soon after, Shredder has
to sacrifice the exchange and being a rook behind, Stefan has to resign.Vasik now only needs half a point to add the
Chess960 world title to his growing collection.
The Zhu Chen position:the arbiter is confused.
Zu Chen has created another interesting position for
the third game of the day and for both Shredder and Jonny,
the moment of truth has arrived. Jonny has to make at
least a draw, whereas Shredder has to win at all cost. Spike has seen things
differently and scores its second quick victory of the day, securing the bronze
medal. Shredder presses hard but today Rybka seems
like an impossible nut to crack. It all comes down to an ending where Rybka’s passed pawn makes it to h2, but that’s as far as it
gets. Still, half a point is enough and when, after some manoeuvring, the
players agree to a draw, Vasik Rajlich
and Rybka can call themselves the new Chess960
Computer World Champions.
13-year Indian star Negi throwing position number 921
Negi, currently the world’s youngest grandmaster, has
the honour to throw the dice for the last game of the 2007 Chess960 Computer
World Championship and “makes” a nice one. Vasik and
Stefan prefer to omit the fourth game and to call it a day. On the second
board, Johannes and Ralf still want to battle it out and Jonny
finally manages to score his first victory in the tournament after nice piece
sacrifice on a6.