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Arasan (Computer) vs Critter (Computer)
"The Little Engine That Could" (game of the day Mar-29-2015)
TCEC - Season 7 - Stage 1a (2014),, rd 4, Sep-23
English Opening: Symmetrical. Three Knights Variation (A34)  ·  0-1



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  JointheArmy: Shades of La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell.

McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834

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  profK: A mildly wild affair from the new Turks.
Jan-03-15  morfishine: These guys play like computers
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  Domdaniel: No, no, no ... these computers play like guys.
Jan-17-15  Abdel Irada: <JointheArmy: Shades of La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell.

McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834>

Ah, yes. The 3,000 Pawns Attack.

Jan-17-15  Abdel Irada: So, maybe there *is* something wrong with moving the queen five times in the opening? :-D

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <Abdel Irada>, I also wondered about White moving the Queen so often, esp. 24.Qe4, when it seems that White must take the c-pawn to prevent it from becoming so dangerous.
Mar-29-15  offramp: I was lucky enough to see this game in progress and kibitzed on it at Critter (Computer).
Mar-29-15  newzild: 37...Bc3!! is really something. I doubt I would find this over the board.
Mar-29-15  Eduardo Leon: <newzild> 38.♕xc3 ♗h3 39.f3 ♕a2 is pretty obvious, and does not require evaluating any side lines.
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  Check It Out: What's fun to do here is click the game to move 22.Bc6, and then fast forward the game while watching the black c- and e- pawns advance down the board to both become queens.
Mar-29-15  morfishine: One of my absolute favorite engine vs engine games. Critter plays positionally with perfect aplomb, while White looks like he's trying to figure it out as he goes along
Mar-29-15  mruknowwho: One of the things I've found about computers, and this game might not be the greatest example; when computers are given a losing position, they have a tendency to make moves that don't really make sense.
Mar-29-15  kelu: An Englishman: 24. Qe4 prevents the queen from being trapped with otherwise 24... Qxe2 threathening g5 and the white queen is lost. I think this all the magic of 22... c4 !! The pawn cannot be taken after the exchange sacrifice.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <kelu>, the threat of 25...g5 does look strong, esp. as after 24.dxc4,Qxe2; 25.c5,Bd5!, the light-squared Bishop becomes all-powerful. Also after 25...g5; 26.Qb4,Qf3, the Bishop can go to either d5 or h3 with decisive results.

So 24.dxc4,Qxe2; 25.g4 is forced and White's Queen can retreat to g3 to stay near her man, but Black must have more than enough compensation for the sacrifice.

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  kevin86: Black promotes TWICE!
Apr-02-15  newzild: <Eduardo Leon> Yes, it's easy to see that after the fact - not so easy before.

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