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Have you ever seen such a cross-table?
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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.