Canadian Computer Chess
Invitational Championship (CCCIC)

School of Computer Science, McGill University
Montreal Canada, July 27-29th, 1984.




Round Results Table and Cross Table

CCCIC Round Results
1Fidelity X4b12w13b15w16b110 10 5
2Phoenix6b11b05w14b13w111 5
3Novag X5w14b11w06w12b012 5
4Awit1w03w06b12w05b113 5
5Ostrich3b06w12b01b04w014 5
6Intelligent Chess X2w05b04w03b01w015 5

Have you ever seen such a cross-table?

CCCIC Cross-table
1Fidelity XX1111110 10 5
2Phoenix0X111111 5
3Novag X00X11112 5
4Awit000X1113 5
5Ostrich0000X114 5
6Intelligent Chess X00000X15 5

Report by D. Kopec, August 1984

ICCA Journal Vol.7, No.3, Sept.1984, pp155-156:

During a pleasant visit to the University of Alberta in Edmonton in May it was mentioned to me by my kind hosts Tony Marsland and Jonathan Schaeffer that I might be able to return the favour by arranging matches at McGill University between the academic programs AWIT (Marsland), PHOENIX (Schaeffer), and OSTRICH (Monroe Newborn). Newborn is President of the ICCA and has just completed an eight-year stint as director of the School of Computer Science, McGill University.

It is always nice when the germ of an idea grows and develops into a full-fledged reality. That is precisely what happened as the idea evolved into the concept of a six program, round-robin event with three academic and three commercial participants. The event was scheduled for July 27-29 and all arrangements had to be completed in less than two months. The three commercial invitees were FIDELITY EXPERIMENTAL (FIDELITY-X), NOVAG EXPERIMENTAL (NOVAG-X) and INTELLIGENT CHESS EXPERIMENTAL (INTELLIGENT CHESS-X). The latter is a product of Intelligent Software, a company co-owned by David Levy and Kevin O'Connell in London, England.

The tournament was convincingly won by FIDELITY-X with a score of 5-0, using a prototype of the ELEGANCE, a product which will be available as from September, 1984, housed in a PRESTIGE board with a 6502 microprocessor. The presence of Mr. Sidney Samole, President of Fidelity Electronics and his brother Mr. Stanley Samole, President of Fidelity Canada to operate their entry did much to enhance the prestige and spirit of the CCCIC.

The tournament resulted in a rather unique "perfect crosstable" in the sense that there were no draws and no two programs finished with the same score. The second place finish of PHOENIX was well earned, as it only lost to FIDELITY-X in the second round. Schaeffer's program has been steadily improving and now has a CFC rating over 1900. NOVAG-X finished third with a 3-2 score, but was a bit unlucky not to finish higher. The play of this prototype of the Super Constellation (programmed by David Kittinger and also due to be available in September 1984) demonstrated great promise. The result of AWIT (2nd place finisher in last year's World Computer Chess Championship), 2-3, must have been disappointing for Tony Marsland, although he attributes some of its errors to bugs recently introduced during experimental work. OSTRICH's biggest problem was its eagerness to give up bishops for knights. This cost it dearly in each of its three games with Black. Although INTELLIGENT CHESS-X (running on an IBM PC) did not score any points, it stood better or well in the openings of every one of its games. I have no doubt that an improvement in its depth of search will bring much better results.

The third-round showdown between FIDELITY-X and NOVAG-X was certainly the most exciting game of the tournament. Both programs had 2-0 scores at this point and by chance the random round-robin pairings served just as well as Swiss System pairings for this round. The NOVAG-FIDELITY game had everything you could ask for from a game of chess. There were interesting ideas in a theoretical Opening, there was tension, sweat, complexity and uncertainty throughout, but most importantly there was sportsmanlike behaviour.

Selected Game
[Event "CCCIC"]
[Site "Montreal CND"]
[Date "1984.07.28"]
[Round "03"]
[White "Novag X"]
[Black "Fidelity X"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D29"]
[Opening "QGA: classical, Smyslov variation"]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.O-O a6 7.Qe2 b5 8.Bb3 Bb7 9.Rd1 Nbd7 10.Nc3 Qb8 11.a3 Bd6 12.h3 O-O 13.Bc2 b4 14.axb4 cxb4 15.Nb1 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Rc8 17.Bd3 a5 18.Nd2 a4 19.Nc4 e5 20.Nxd6 Qxd6 21.dxe5 Qxe5 22.Bd2 Rab8 23.e4 Qxb2 24.Bf4 Ra8 25.Qe3 Nc5 26.Rab1 Qa3
Novag X - Fidelity X

Position after 26. ... Qa3
27.Be5 Nxd3 28.Rxd3 b3 29.Bxf6 Qa2 30.Rbd1 Qa3 31.Qg5 Qf8 32.Qh6 Rc6 33.Rg3 g6 34.Qxf8+ Rxf8 35.Bg5 Re8 36.Re3 b2 37.Red3 Rb6 38.Rb1 Rxe4 39.Rd8+ Kg7 40.Be3 Rb3 41.Bd4+ f6 42.f3 Re2 43.Rd5 Rc2 44.Kh2 a3 45.Ra5 Rc1 46.Rxa3 Rxa3 47.Rxb2 Rc6 48.Kg3 Ra4 49.Be3 h5 50.Rd2 Rac4 51.Rd8 h4+ 52.Kf2 Rc2+ 53.Bd2 Kf7 54.Ke3 Ra2 55.Kd3 Rcc2 56.Ke3 Ke6 57.Rd4 g5 58.Rd3 f5 59.Rd4 Ke5 60.Rd3 f4+ 61.Ke2 Ke6 62.Rd8 Rab2 63.Kd1 Ke5 64.Rd3 Kf5 65.Bc3 Ra2 66.Bd2 Ke6 67.Rd8 Rcb2 68.Ke1 Ra1+ 69.Ke2 Ra6 70.Kd1 Rc6 71.Re8+ Kf6 72.Rd8 Rcc2 73.Rd6+ Ke7 74.Rd5 Ke6 75.Rd8 Ra2 76.Ke2 Kf5 77.Kd1 Kf6 78.Rd7 Ke6 79.Rd8 Rcb2 80.Ke1 Ke7 0-1