Graham Banks 41st Amateur Tournament Division 7

MadChess 1.2 participated in Graham Banks’ 41st Amateur Tournament in Division 7.

41st Amateur D7  2013
                                      1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    0    
1   Butcher 1.64 64-bit   2355    -2  **** 1½11 00½0 ½½1½ 0101 ½½1½ 1111 1110 11½½ 101½  23.5/36
2   Tigran 2.3 64-bit     2289   +19  0½00 **** ½101 1½01 1011 111½ ½110 1001 1001 11½0  21.0/36
3   Gibbon 2.57a 64-bit   2251   +32  11½1 ½010 **** 1000 ½011 0½10 101½ 001½ 11½1 ½1½0  19.5/36
4   Carballo 0.8          2273    -1  ½½0½ 0½10 0111 **** ½0½0 0101 1111 0½11 01½1 0001  19.0/36
5   FireFly 2.6.0 64-bit  2258    +5  1010 0100 ½100 ½1½1 **** ½110 0½10 0110 0½10 ½111  18.5/36
6   Waxman 2011           2256    -2  ½½0½ 000½ 1½01 1010 ½001 **** 0011 1½½½ 11½0 1½½1  18.0/36
7   ProChess 1.02AD       2244   -17  0000 ½001 010½ 0000 1½01 1100 **** 1½10 ½1½1 111½  16.5/36
8   MadChess 1.2          2200    +1  0001 0110 110½ 1½00 1001 0½½½ 0½01 **** 100½ 0½10  15.0/36  275.00
9   Shallow 1.0 64-bit    2200    +1  00½½ 0110 00½0 10½0 1½01 00½1 ½0½0 011½ **** 110½  15.0/36  266.00
10  ChessKiss 1.7 64-bit  2214   -34  010½ 00½1 ½0½1 1110 ½000 0½½0 000½ 1½01 001½ ****  14.0/36

Games

Saitek Challenge Game 3

I’m playing a ten game match between my old Saitek chess computer (circa 1993) and MadChess, a chess engine I wrote.

I enabled the standard Shredder book (up to move 8) for MadChess, to ensure MadChess and the Saitek did not repeat moves from a previous game. MadChess wins easily by swapping off pieces, flushing out the white king to the middle of the board, positioning its rook to cut off the white king’s retreat, then advancing all its kingside pawns.

MadChess leads the match, 3-0.

Analysis by the Shredder 12 chess engine.  Shredder finds blunders of one pawn or worse.

  • Time Control
    • Saitek: None. Level 4E
    • MadChess: 1 second per move
  • Opening Book
    • Saitek: Built in book
    • MadChess: standard Shredder book (up to move 8)

Saitek Challenge Games

Saitek Challenge Game 2

I’m playing a ten game match between my old Saitek chess computer (circa 1993) and MadChess, a chess engine I wrote.

MadChess wins again. MadChess punishes the Saitek computer for shuffling its pieces aimlessly in the middlegame. MadChess protects its king and pushes its queenside pawns while the Saitek can’t decide where to place its queen and rooks.

MadChess leads the match, 2-0.

Analysis by the Shredder 12 chess engine. Shredder finds blunders of one pawn or worse.

  • Time Control
    • Saitek: None. Level 4E
    • MadChess: 1 second per move
  • Opening Book
    • Saitek: Built in book
    • MadChess: None

Saitek Challenge Games

Saitek Challenge Game 1

I’m playing a ten game match between my old Saitek chess computer (circa 1993) and MadChess, a chess engine I wrote.

The first game is complete. MadChess won convincingly. MadChess protected its king while attacking the opposing king, busting open the white defense and winning two pawns.

2k1r3/p2p1p2/2pb1p2/6pp/B1bP4/5P1P/PPPB2P1/R2K4 b - - 3 25

After 25.Bd2. Black to move. White’s kingside pawns are vulnerable.

MadChess played Bf1 then pushed the f pawn. After winning a bishop when the f pawn promoted, MadChess pushed the h pawn. The white king was unable to stop the pawn’s advance and MadChess promoted it to a queen, coordinated its movements with the black bishop, and checkmated the white king on the h file.

Analysis by the Shredder 12 chess engine. Shredder finds blunders of one pawn or worse.

  • Time Control
    • Saitek: None. Level 4E
    • MadChess: 1 second per move
  • Opening Book
    • Saitek: Built in book
    • MadChess: None

Saitek Challenge Games

Saitek Challenge Game 0

I became fascinated with the game of chess when I was a teenager.  My parents enrolled me in a park district chess club, so I could receive instruction and play a few games. In addition to chess club, I’d play occasionally against friends. However, I did not have a reliable lineup of opponents always ready to play a game. So I decided to save my money and buy a chess computer. In 1993 I bought the Saitek Kasparov Olympiad.

Playing against it definitely improved my game. But I never could defeat it on level four or higher (searching ahead four moves).

Recently I found the Saitek chess computer in my closet. I put in a fresh set of batteries and flipped the power switch. It came to life. A thought occurred to me: I should try once more to defeat the computer, on the dreaded setting, level four. Only this time I won’t compete directly against the computer. My creation, MadChess, will decide my moves. If MadChess can defeat the Saitek, I’ll consider it a victory for me. After all, the MadChess software represents my powers of concentration and intelligence.

I’ll play a ten game match between MadChess 1.2 and the Saitek Kasparov Olympiad chess computer. I’ll handicap MadChess by allotting it very little time to make all of its moves, and disallowing it access to an opening book (a list of optimal moves at the beginning of a game).

  • Time Control
    • Saitek: None. Level 4E
    • MadChess: Game in 1 minute
  • Opening Book
    • Saitek: Built in book
    • MadChess: None

Here is the first game:

The Saitek computer took fifteen minutes or more to make a move in the early and middle stages of the game. MadChess moved in a few seconds. Despite the severe time disadvantage, MadChess destroyed the Saitek computer. The game was over just a few moves after it began. You may review the game using the chessboard above. I have inserted the analysis of Shredder 12, a strong chess engine. Shredder indicates where Saitek or MadChess blundered- that is, played a move that was inferior to the best move by a margin of a pawn or more.

Considering the swiftness of its victory, I have decided to increase the time handicap imposed on MadChess. I will force it to make every move in exactly one second. The Saitek computer may use as much time as it needs to search ahead four plies.

Because I am adjusting the match time control, I have labeled this “Game 0.” Consider it a practice game that does not count toward the final score. The match begins anew tomorrow. This should be interesting.

Saitek Challenge Games