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Gandalf (Computer)
Number of games in database: 48
Years covered: 1994 to 2005
Overall record: +16 -19 =13 (46.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Its multiple processor version is Deep Gandalf (Computer) and the programmer is Steen Suurballe.

Last updated: 2018-12-03 07:04:39

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 48  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gandalf vs IsiChess  0-14819944.Paderborn Computer Chess TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
2. Gandalf vs Zugzwang  ½-½601995Chinese University HKGC28 Vienna Game
3. Gandalf vs Nimzo-8  0-1702000IPCCCB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Patzer vs Gandalf  ½-½1012000IPCCCD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
5. Gandalf vs Ikarus  1-0662000IPCCCC46 Three Knights
6. Gandalf vs SOS  1-0742000IPCCCB15 Caro-Kann
7. ConNers vs Gandalf ½-½1012000IPCCCA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
8. Gandalf vs Shredder 0-1772000IPCCCB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. Diep vs Gandalf  1-0622000IPCCCE15 Queen's Indian
10. Gandalf vs Deep Fritz  0-1422001Computer Chess Match TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Deep Fritz vs Gandalf  1-0422001Computer Chess Match TournamentB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
12. Gandalf vs Gambit Tiger  1-0592001Computer Chess Match TournamentD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
13. Gambit Tiger vs Gandalf 1-0822001Computer Chess Match TournamentE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
14. Gambit Tiger vs Gandalf  ½-½172001Computer Chess Match TournamentE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
15. Gandalf vs Gambit Tiger  0-1542001Computer Chess Match TournamentD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
16. Gandalf vs Shredder  0-1482001Computer Chess Match TournamentE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
17. Shredder vs Gandalf 1-0532001Computer Chess Match TournamentC24 Bishop's Opening
18. Shredder vs Gandalf 0-1592001Computer Chess Match TournamentC23 Bishop's Opening
19. Gandalf vs Shredder  ½-½912001Computer Chess Match TournamentE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
20. Gandalf vs Nimzo-8  ½-½1042001Computer Chess Match TournamentB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. Gandalf vs Nimzo-8  1-0482001Computer Chess Match TournamentC42 Petrov Defense
22. Gandalf vs Nimzo-8  1-0722001Computer Chess Match TournamentB42 Sicilian, Kan
23. Junior vs Gandalf 1-0322001Computer Chess Match TournamentD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Junior vs Gandalf  1-0402001Computer Chess Match TournamentD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Gandalf vs Junior  1-0532001Computer Chess Match TournamentC53 Giuoco Piano
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-29-04  Bears092: congrats to Gandalf and his bretheren's excellent showing at the oscars tonight!
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  Benzol: What was it that enabled 'The Return Of The King' to have that excellent showing?
Mar-26-04  Vischer: Any computer named after Lord of the Rings deserves to have a less than 50% win record.
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  Sneaky: Instead of playing strong moves, it blew a lot of smoke.
Mar-26-04  Calchexas: <Sneaky>: ROTFLOL!!!

Gandalf definitely has a better name than some programs, though. I mean, "Gambit Tiger 10?" What the?...

Mar-29-04  Vischer: There's also a computer called Sphinx Galaxy or something! lol.
Aug-17-04  dac1990: To win, this guy will create a flash of light behind everyone watching. When everyone turns to look, Gandalf summons the winds to knock the opponent's king over. With no one seeing what actually happened, Gandalf will claim a resignation. Who are they going to believe: some chess player, or someone capable of blowing out their brains?
Aug-18-04  Bobsterman3000: Well, this crappy program needs to follow the wizard Gandalf and pass over the sea, never to return...
Aug-18-04  Poulsen: What do you mean by crappy program? You don't know a thing about it, do you? In fact it has had pretty good results since 2001. In the IPCCC 2001 it came in as nr. 3 (1.Shredder 7, 2.Fritz 7 3.Gandalf 7 ...). In the IPCCC 2004 it became nr. 5. Ok, it can't beat Shredder, Fritz or Junior - yet, that is ...
Mar-23-05  Volmac:

The author of Gandalf is the dane Steen Suurballe.

If you know Swedish, that is a name to fear!

Sep-16-05  AXELJOHN: i think fritz,sheredder and junior are better than Gandalf
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  keypusher: Well, as long as it beats Saruman....
Jan-06-06  chessmaster pro: <AXELJOHN>Well i think it's kind of obvious because the shredder and the junior are newer and are filled with more technology than the Gandalf
Jan-27-06  DeepBlade: <keypusher> hahahaha

Gandalf (Computer) vs Saruman (computer)

Jan-28-07  Rocafella: <i think fritz,sheredder and junior are better than Gandalf> I think my typewriter is better than Gandalf
Jun-21-08  Swifty31: Gandalf is not to be underestimated. I have version 6. It could beat everybody that posts on, imo. I will lay odds.
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  whiteshark: <Swifty31: <Gandalf is not to be underestimated. I have version 6>> Me, too. And I love it!! The only drawback is that it's very slow reaching a reasonable depth compared to other time-optimized engines. Thus, having a fixed time, you compare apples to oranges. Having a specified depth of moves may alter the engine rankings notable.
Feb-15-14  mrandersson: Gandalf 6 the engine that plays like bobby iv read.. Shame you can not buy this anymore from the site. I still use ktulu 9 nice style just a tad slow on my laptop.
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  whiteshark: It seems that the <17th International Paderborn Computer Chess Championship> and was its last tournament in 2007:

Source: http://chessprogramming.wikispaces....

Gandalf: http://chessprogramming.wikispaces.... Suurballe: http://chessprogramming.wikispaces....

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