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David Bronstein vs XXXX (Computer)
Aegon (1997), The Hague NED, rd 4, Apr-21
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0


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Feb-15-04  popski: What was wrong? XXXX run out of batteries? Hmm, it's lost anyway ...
Feb-15-04  aragorn69: Who (or what) is XXXX anyway ? A computer ? NN 's great-grandmother ??
Feb-15-04  popski: XXXX is a conventional chess program made by Martin Zentner. XXXX is not too fast and not too slow. Therefore against other computers it's actually stronger in longer games than in blitz games, which is rather uncommon for todays programs. And XXXX is always good for a surprising move avoiding a tiring draw. It has quite a bit of knowledge, which can lead the program to interesting positions. Many opponents have said, that XXXX is rather human-like in it's style of play: Sometimes it plays mistakes, sometimes it plays real beauties. The developer would like to see more beauties of course. :-)
Premium Chessgames Member After a little bit research I found that there really is a chess computer called "XXXX", and there is also an "XXXX II."
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  lostemperor: popski, you seem to know a lot about this programm. Perhaps you know some more programms to comment about?
Feb-16-04  MoonlitKnight: I would love to get some inside information on this new program Hydra, that won the Paderborn computer tournament and slaughtered Fritz in an unusual opening. As far as I understand, it's a new version of Brutus.
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  tamar: <Moonlit Knight> This isn't inside info, but here are descriptions of a speech from Hydra's developer last month. The mathematician and chess programmer Dr. Christian Donninger spoke about his experiences while developing “Brutus” - one of the most efficient chess programs in the world. He delivered the speech at an informal discussion on 16 January during the university course on Telematics Management and ICT Management in Danube University Krems. Donninger, who had studied mathematics and physics at the University of Vienna, started to develop a “Deep Blue for the common people“ – Donninger was alluding to the legendary IBM chess computer which defeated the world champion Gary Kasparow in 1997.

Donninger’s approach for devising an economical, yet extremely efficient, chess program is based on a combination of software and a special chess hardware which assisted Deep Blue in its victory– at a much higher cost and with much more effort. Brutus helped Donninger to be successful in numerous international computer chess tournaments in 2002 and 2003.

The original producer opted out of the project at the end of 2003 but Donninger was able to get a financially strong sponsor from the United Arab Emirates who enabled him to continue his work on his second chess program – this one was named Hydra. According to Donninger the goal of the project is to achieve spectacular victories over human chess-players and to make Hydra a worthy successor of Deep Blue.

Mar-01-04  popski: <lostemperor> No, no, I don't know a lot about chess programs, this was just googling a bit :)
May-30-06  ChessPieceFace: alright, here i go again with my bozo questions, but why doesn't the machine play 37. ...Qxc3? i saw 38.Nxg6 fxg6 39.Qxg6+, but then...

okay, sorry folks, i just saw 39. ...Bg7 40.Qxg7# i'm a bit slow sometimes.

i know i've answered my own question, but since i bothered typing it all out, i may as well post it. plus, there is maybe one or two humans (or computers!) out there that are worse than i am, but were too afraid to ask this question. i, on the other hand, don't mind getting laughed at by the really good players on this site! :)

May-30-06  chessmoron: I heard of Triple X rated 'things,' never heard of Quadruple that's hot (saying by the Paris Hilton) <sorry for being so immature>
Mar-23-07  mattzap: Loking at Bronstein's defence he was pretty rock solid here all the way.

Interesting how Bronstein does his usual trick to thwart computer by getting "out of book" openings pretty quickly.

Dec-01-09  Everett: The computer saw that both 37...Qxc3 38.Nxg6 and 37...Qb1 38.f5 Bxf5 (..exf5 39.Nxg6> 39.Rg3+ lose quickly. The text is the best move to avoid a quicker defeat, defending along the 7th rank but obviously dropping the Q.
Sep-03-11  Everett: Move 20.Ba3 is really interesting, noting the lack of squares for the Black Queen.

Also see how Bronstein is all about position and activity, pitching two pawns and then the exchange to continue to infiltrate Black's position.

Sep-16-14  tranquilsimplicity: The quintessential anti-materialist in favour of the initiative and activity (attack)! Long live Bronstein Chess!!#
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