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Examples of play against computers


Background

This section examine examples of play against computers. The first few examples are from "NatalieR" (FICS) / "SundayGirl" (ICC) aka Natalie Radosevich. She is someone who was banned from FICS because she beat too many computers up!- see rec.games.chess.misc 20/12/97 "The spanking of NatalieR".  She nows plays on the ICC under the handle of SundayGirl, and is crushing computers there also. In fact she is creating a portfolio against different programs which now includes victories over Flambe, Singacrafty, MrsLovett, ajax1, wyrm and the BlackDragon.

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NatalieR / SundayGirl / Female computer crusher!

Here are Natalia's 7 top tips for beating up computers (in her own words):-

  1. Play closed positions

  2. Try to make pawn attack on king

  3. Look for good exchange sacrifices

  4. Some computers sux in ending, particularly rook ending

  5. Some time you can give up pawn or two on queen side for attack on kingside

  6. Look for idea from game other player have win against computer in ICC library or on UPitt archive site or from Aegon tournament site [Authors note: Aeigon games are also held locally here on a java browser!]

  7. Try to play quick in opening to save time for later


Games Index

SundayGirl vs Flambe
SundayGirl vs Singacrafty
SundayGirl vs MrsLovett
SundayGirl vs BlackDragon
SundayGirl vs ajax1
SundayGirl vs Wyrm
Kingscrusher vs Grouchy
Wolfv vs Knightcap
Ferret vs Topol
Ferret vs Topol-2

There are now 300 games to look at from the Aeigon 1996 tournament using a Java Browser. As Natalie has indicated, these are worthy of study from the perspective of seeing how effective particular openings and strategies are effective and for picking up useful ideas.

Please email the author your computer crushes to help decide top 10 openings and get your games published!. I am particularly interested in "strong" computers like Rebel, Hiarcs, etc going done horribly, and also those horrible computers on the ICC (Internet chess club) such as Ferret.

This is a nice miniature from Natalia:-

[Event "ICC 5 0 12/17/97"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "1997.12.17"]
[Round "-"]
[White "SundayGirl"]
[Black "Flambe"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2227"]
[BlackElo "2518"]
[ECO "D03"]
[NIC "QP.08"]
[LongECO "Torre attack (Tartakower variation)"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg5 Ne4 4. h4 Qd6 5. c3 Nc6 6. b4 Nxg5 7. hxg5 Bf5 8. Nbd2 O-O-O 9. e3 a6 10. a4 e6 11. b5 axb5 12. axb5 Nb8 13. Ne5 Qe7 14. Ra8 f6

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The female computer crusher now unleashes an absolutely superb move!

15. Nc6!! bxc6 16. bxc6 Qa3 17. Rxa3 Bxa3 18. Qa4 Rd6 19. Qxa3 Rxc6

{Black resigns} 1-0


[Event "ICC 3 0 12/18/97"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "1997.12.18"]
[Round "-"]
[White "SundayGirl"]
[Black "singacrafty"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2251"]
[BlackElo "2592"]
[ECO "D03"]
[NIC "QP.08"]
[LongECO "Torre attack (Tartakower variation)"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bg5 e6 4. e3 Bd6 5. c4 O-O 6. Nc3 c6 7. Bd3 h6 8. Bh4 b6 9. O-O Nbd7 10. Rc1 Bb7
11. Re1 Rc8 12. e4 Bf4 13. Rc2 dxc4 14. Bxc4 b5 15. Bd3 Qb6 16. e5 Nd5 17. Nxd5 cxd5 18. g3 g5 19. gxf4 gxh4 20. f5 Rxc2 21. Bxc2 h3 22. f6 Rc8 23. Qd2 Rxc2 24. Qxh6

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Nxf6 25. exf6 Rxb2 26. Qg7+

{Black checkmated} 1-0

[Event "ICC 5 0 12/21/97"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "1997.12.21"]
[Round "-"]
[White "SundayGirl"]
[Black "MrsLovett"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2211"]
[BlackElo "2744"]
[ECO "A45"]
[NIC "QP.07"]
[LongECO "Queen's pawn game"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 g6 3. f4 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bd3 O-O 6. O-O c5 7. c3 b6 8. Qe2 Nc6 9. Nbd2 Bg4 10. h3 Be6
11. Ne5 Qd6 12. Qf2 cxd4 13. exd4 Rac8 14. Qh4 Rc7 15. Ndf3 Bc8 16. Be3 Bb7 17. Rae1 e6 18. Ng5 Nb8 19. Ng4 Nh5 20. Bd2 Ba6 21. Bxa6 Nxa6 22. Nf3 Qc6 23. Nge5 Qb5 24. b3 Nf6 25. Ng5 Nb8 26. g4 Qa6 27. a4 b5 28. axb5 Qa2 29. Rf2 Qxb3

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The next move is always good in principle to play against computers!

30. f5! exf5 31. gxf5 gxf5 32. Rxf5 h6 33. Rxf6 Bxf6 34. Qxh6 Qc2 35. Re4 Qxe4 36. Nxe4 dxe4 37. Qxf6 e3 38. Bxe3 Rxc3 39. Bh6 Rg3+ 40. Kh2 Nd7 41. Nxd7 Rg6 42. Qxg6+ fxg6
{Black resigns} 1-0

[Event "ICC 3 5 12/22/97"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "1997.12.22"]
[Round "-"]
[White "SundayGirl"]
[Black "BlackDragon"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2253"]
[BlackElo "2580"]
[ECO "A46"]
[NIC "QP.04"]
[LongECO "Queen's pawn: Torre attack"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 h6 4. Bh4 g5 5. Bg3 Ne4 6. Nbd2 Nxg3 7. hxg3 Bg7 8. e3 d6 9. Bd3 e5 10. c3 f5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Bc4 Qf6 13. Qb3 Nc6 14. Qb5 a6 15. Qd5 Bd7 16. Nb3 O-O-O 17. Nc5 f4 18. Nxd7 Rxd7 19. Qe6 fxe3 20. fxe3 Rf8 21. Rd1 Nb8 22. O-O Qd8 23. Qg4 e4 24. Nd4 h5 25. Qxh5 Rh8 26. Qg4 Bxd4 27. Rxd4 c5 28. Rxe4 Kc7 29. Re5 Rh1+ 30. Kxh1 Qh8+ 31. Kg1 Qxe5 32. e4 Re7 33. Bd5 Rg7 34. Rf5 Qe7 35. Qf3 Nd7 36. Rf7 Rxf7 37. Qxf7 Qxf7 38. Bxf7 b5 39. Kf1 Kd6 40. Ke2 Ke5 41. Bd5 Nf6 42. Kf3 b4 43. cxb4 g4+ 44. Ke3 cxb4 45. Bb7 a5 46. Bc8 Nxe4 47. Bxg4 Nxg3 48. Bd7 Nf1+ 49. Ke2 Ng3+ 50. Kf3 Ne4 51. g4 Nc5 52. Bb5 Kf6 53. Kf4 Ne6+ 54. Ke4 Kg5 55. Kd5 Nf4+ 56. Kc5 Kxg4 57. Bc4 b3 58. a4 Kf5 59. Kb5 Ke5 60. Kxa5 Kd6 61. Kb4 Kc6 62. Bxb3 Kd6 63. Bc4 Kc6 64. Bb5+ Kd6 65. Ka5 Nd5 66. b4 Ne3 67. Bd3 Nd5 68. Be4 Nc3 69. Bf3 Ke7 70. b5 Kd7 71. Kb4 Nxa4 72. Kxa4 Kc7 73. Ka5 Kc8 74. Ka6 Kc7 75. Ka7 Kd6 76. b6 Ke5 77. b7 Kf4 78. Bh1 Ke5 79. b8=Q+ Kd4 80. Qd6+ Kc3 81. Be4 Kc4 82. Qd5+ Kb4 83. Kb6 Kc3 84. Kb5 Kb2 85. Qd3 Ka2 86. Kb4 Kb2 87. Qb1+
{Black checkmated} 1-0

[Event "ICC 5 4 12/27/97"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "1997.12.27"]
[Round "-"]
[White "SundayGirl"]
[Black "ajax1"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2251"]
[BlackElo "2577"]
[ECO "A45"]
[NIC "QP.07"]
[LongECO "Queen's pawn: stonewall attack"]

4. SundayGirl vs Ajax1

1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 d5 3.Bd3 e6 4.f4 c5 5.c3 Bd6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nbd2 b6 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.Qf3 Qc7 11.Qh3 Rfc8 12.g4 h6 13.Kh1 a6 14.Rg1 b5 1-0 The operator resigned because black's king is about to be demolished.

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5. SundayGirl vs Wyrm

[Event "ICC 5 0 12/28/97"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "1997.12.28"]
[Round "-"]
[White "SundayGirl"]
[Black "Wyrm"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2242"]
[BlackElo "2641"]
[ECO "D00"]
[NIC "QP.08"]
[LongECO "Queen's pawn: stonewall attack"]

1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 c5 4.c3 e6 5.f4 Bd6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.0-0 Nb6 8.Ne5 Bd7 9.Nd2 Qe7 10.a4 c4 11.Bc2 0-0 12.g4 Ne8 13.a5 Nc8 14.g5 Bxe5 15.dxe5 Qc5 16.Nf3 Ne7 17.Nd4 Rd8 18.Qh5 g6 19.Qh6 Ng7 20.Rf3 Rfe8 21.Rh3 Kf8 22.Qxh7 b5 23.Qh8+ Ng8 24.Rh7 Nh5 25.Bd1 Ke7 26.Bxh5 Rf8 27.Bxg6 Rc8 28.Qg7 Be8 29.b4 cxb3 30.Ba3 b2 31.Bxc5+ Rxc5 32.Rb1 Rxc3 33.Rxb2 Rc1+ 34.Kf2 Rc7 35.a6 Rc1 36.Nxb5 Ra1 37.Nd6 Ra2 38.Rxa2 Nh6 39.gxh6 d4 40.exd4 Rh8 41.Rxh8 Kd7 42.Rxe8 Kc6 43.Be4+ Kb6 44.Rb2+ Kxa6 45.Qg3 Ka5 46.Qa3# 1-0

Kinsgscrusher aka Tryfon Gavriel vs Grouchy(C)

[Event "ICC 3 0 05/20/97"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "1997.05.20"]
[Round "-"]
[White "KingsCrusher"]
[Black "grouchy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2418"]
[BlackElo "2834"]
[ECO "D02"]
[NIC "QP.08"]
[LongECO "Queen's bishop game"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 e6 4. e3 Bd6 5. Bg3 O-O 6. Nbd2 c5 7. c3 Nc6 8. Bd3 b6 9. Ne5 Bb7 10. f4 Qc8
11. O-O Qc7 12. Bh4 Be7 13. Rf3 Rac8 14. Rh3 h6 15. g4 Rfe8 16. g5 hxg5 17. Bxg5 Rcd8 18. Qf3 Rc8 19. Qf2 g6 20. Qh4 Nh5

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21. Nxg6 fxg6 22. Bxg6 Bxg5 23. Qxg5 Ng7 24. Qh6 Kf8 25. Qh8+ Ke7 26. Qxg7+ Kd8 27. Qxc7+ Kxc7 28. Bxe8 Rxe8 29. Rh7+ Ne7 30. Kf2 Kd6 31. Rg1 cxd4 32. cxd4 Bc6 33. Nf3 a5 34. Ne5 Bb5 35. Rgg7 Ba6 36. f5 exf5 37. Rh6+ Kc7 38. Re6 Kd8 39. Rexe7 Rxe7 40. Nc6+ Kd7 41. Nxe7 Ke6 42. Nc6 Kf6 43. Ra7 Bc4 44. b3 Bd3 45. Ne5 Bb1 46. a3 Ke6 47. h4 f4 48. exf4 Bc2 49. b4 axb4 50. axb4 Bf5 51. h5 Kd6 52. h6 Bc2 53. h7 Bxh7 54. Rxh7 Ke6 55. Kf3 b5 56. Kg4 Kf6 57. Rh6+ Kg7 58. Rb6 Kf8 59. f5 Kg8 60. Rb7 Kh8 61. Kg5 Kg8 62. Kf6 Kh8 63. Kg6 Kg8 64. Rb8+

{Black checkmated} 1-0


[Event "ICS rated blitz match"]
[Site "fics.onenet.net"]
[Date "1997.10.09"]
[Round "-"]
[White "wolfv"]
[Black "KnightCap"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2146"]
[BlackElo "2282"]
[TimeControl "180+12"]

1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. Nf3 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. e3 Bxc5 6. Nbd2 O-O 7.Bd3 Bd7 8. Ng5 h6 9. h4 Qb6 10. Be5 hxg5 11. hxg5 Ne4 12. Qh5 f5 13. g6

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Rf7 14.Qh8#

 

Ferret on the ICC is one of the most dangerous computers going. We can still at the time of writing (22/12/97) witness human players defeat it at blitz chess. Here are a couple of wins from Topol against it:-

[Event "ICC 5 5 12/20/97"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "1997.12.20"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Ferret"]
[Black "Topol"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "3052"]
[BlackElo "2885"]
[ECO "E21"]
[NIC "NI.28"]
[LongECO "Nimzo-Indian: three knights variation"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Bb4+ 4. Nc3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 h6 6. e3 d6 7. Ba3 b6 8. Bd3 c5 9. O-O O-O 10. Rb1 Nc6 11. Qc2 Qe7 12. Nd2 Re8 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Bxe4 Bb7 15. Qd1 Na5 16. Bd3 e5 17. Qa4 e4 18. Be2 Rad8 19. Qb5 Qc7 20. Rfc1 Bc6 21. Qb2 Qc8 22. d5 Bd7 23. Bf1 Re5 24. Qe2 Rde8 25. h3 Rg5 26. Kh1 Rg6 27. Ra1 Re5 28. Rc2 Reg5 29. h4 Rg4 30. g3 h5 31. Bg2 Qd8 32. Kg1 Qe7 33. Rac1 Rf6 34. Rb1 Rgg6 35. Bb2 Bg4 36. Qf1 Bf3 37. Bh3 Rg4 38. Bxg4 hxg4 39. Re2 Rh6 40. Rbe1 g5 41. Bc1 gxh4 42. a3 Qg5 43. Rd2 Qh5 44. Red1 hxg3 45. fxg3 Bxd146. Qg2 Bf3 47. Qh2 Qxh2+ 48. Rxh2 Rxh2 49. Kxh2 Nxc4 50. Kg1 Kg7 51. Kf2
{White resigns} 0-1

[Event "ICC 5 5 12/20/97"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "1997.12.20"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Ferret"]
[Black "Topol"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "3039"]
[BlackElo "2915"]
[ECO "E28"]
[NIC "NI.17"]
[LongECO "Nimzo-Indian: S\"amisch variation"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 O-O 6. a3 Qe7 7. Nf3 d6 8. Be2 c5 9. O-O b6 10. Qc2 Nc6 11. Bb2 e5 12. Ng5 h6 13. Ne4 Bf5 14. Nxf6+ Qxf6 15. Qa4 Na5 16. f4 e4 17. Rfe1 Qe7 18. Rf1 Bd7 19. Qd1 f5 20. Rc1 Kh8 21. Rf2 Rac8 22. d5 Rf7 23. Rb1 Rg8 24. Qf1 g5 25. g3 g4 26. Rg2 Ba4 27. Ba1 h5 28. Rb2 Rh7 29. Rb4 Bc2 30. Bxg4 hxg4 31. Rxc2 Rg6 32. Rb1 Qd7 33. Rb5 Rgh6 34. Rg2 Kg8 35. Qe2 Kf7 36. Rf2 Ke8 37. Qf1 Kd8 38. Rfb2 Rh8 39. Rc2 Kc7 40. Rg2 Rb8 41. Rgb2 a6 42. Rxa5 bxa5 43. Rg2 Qa4 44. Bb2 Rhh8 45. Kh1 Rb3 46. Rd2 Rhb8 47. Qe2 R8b7 48. Kg2 Qe8 49. Rc2 Qb8 50. Bc1 Kb6 51. Qf2 Ka7 52. Kf1 Rb1 53. Kg2 Rh7 54. Qd2 Qb3 55. Qe2 Rb7 56. h4 Ra1 57. Kf2 Qa4 58. Rb2 Qd7 59. Qc2 a4 60. Qd2 Qc7 61. Rc2 Rbb1 62. h5 Qh7 63. Qd1 Qxh5 64. Kg1 Qh7 65. Rh2 Qb7 66. Rc2 Qb3 67. Kf1 Qxc2 68. Qxc2 Rxc1+ 69. Qxc1 Rxc1+ 70. Ke2 Rxc3 71. Kd2 Rxa3 72. Kc2 Rb3 73. Kd2 Rb4 74. Ke2 a3 75. Kd1 a2 76. Kd2 a1=Q 77. Kc2 Rb2+ 78. Kc3 Qc1+
{White checkmated} 0-1

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