1997 Dutch Open Computer-Chess Championship

The title "Dutch Open Computer-Chess Champion"

("Open Nederlands Kampioen Computerschaak") goes to

Chr. Donninger from Austria who competed with his program Nimzo98.

Congratulations on behalf of the participants and the organisation!

Nimzo's participation was made possible by Jan Louwman,

who operated the program in the tournament.

BROEKHUIS PRO Training did an excellent job hosting the event.

See also:  Cilkchess 2.0

Games in PGN, Rebel and MS Word format

97DOCC.PGN

Rebel:

 97DOCREB.ZIP

MS Word:

 TRAVFONT.ZIP

D97DAY1.DOC

D97DAY2.DOC

D97DAY3.DOC

D97DAY4.DOC

From the ICCA Journal Vol.20 No.4, December 1997:


REPORT ON THE 17TH OPEN DUTCH COMPUTER-CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
22-23 and 29-30 November 1997
Th. van der Storm
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

For the first time, the annual Dutch Computer-Chess Championship was held in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands. It was the 17th edition and as usual the organisation was in the hands of the Computer-Chess Association of the Netherlands (CSVN). The tournament was hosted by Broekhuis Pro Training, our new sponsor. The players were welcomed by Saskia Kaaks, the Director of the office in Alpen aan den Rijn.

The titel defender was CILKCHESS 2.0, a program of MIT Laboratory for Computer Science. It was running on a computer located in the USA, with 4 DEC Alpha 466 MHz processors. This was not as fast as their 1996 hardware, but still the fastest among this year's competitors. The games were played in the classrooms of Broekhuis Pro Training, where internet connections and PC monitors were readily available. Most other computers were PCs based on a 166 to 266 MHz processor. The playing tempo was 90 minutes per player for the whole game. There were 16 participating programs which played an 11-round Swiss-system tournament.

In the 7th round NIMZO 98 took the lead when THE KING beat CILKCHESS 2.0. So Johan de Koning had his revenge for last year's defeat even though he now finished at the third place. As always there was a friendly atmosphere in the tournament. In the second weekend the International Masters Herman Grooten and Rob Hartoch provided commentary on the games.

The commercially-available MS Windows95 chess program NIMZO 98 by Chrilly Donninger, Helmut Weigel and Andreas Kure from Austria allowed only two draws, and won the tournament with a score of 10 points out of 11 rounds. The program was running on an Intel Pentium II at 300 MHz. Some years ago Chrilly Donninger lived and worked in The Netherlands, he then adopted "our" computer-chess hobby as his own. Thereafter we saw him and one of his programs in almost all important tournaments. Recently he has quit his job to devote most of his time to computer chess. Therefore he was too busy to come to the Netherlands. Hence, Jan Louwman was so kind to operate NIMZO 98 throughout the tournament.

Thanks to the fact that most participants provided their games on floppy, I was able to put them on my brand new homepage shortly after each round. The URL of "Stormy Chess Corner", where the games can still be found in Portable Game Notation (PGN) and MS Word including diagrams is: http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/thstorm/.

The games of CILKCHESS 2.0 could be monitored live on their own WWW pages. The results of the tournament are given in Table 1. Information on the programs and authors is given in Table 2.


No. Name            R1   R2   R3   R4   R5   R6   R7   R8   R9   R10  R11 Score WP   SB
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 1  Nimzo 98       10b1 14w1  2b=  5w1  3b1  6w1  4b1  8b1  7w=  9w1 13b1 10.0 67.5 59.50
 2  Cilkchess 2.0   7b1 11w1  1w=  4b1  6w1  9b1  3b0  5w1  8w1 12b1 10w1  9.5 69.0 56.50
 3  The King       12w1  4b0 11w1  8b1  1w0  5b1  2w1  6b0 10w1 14b1  7b=  7.5 69.5 41.75
 4  Zarkov          6b1  3w1  5b=  2w0  8b=  7w=  1w0 10b1 16b1 15w1  9b1  7.5 64.5 35.50
 5  Arthur         13w1  8b1  4w=  1b0  9w=  3w0 11b1  2b0 14w1  6b1 15w1  7.0 65.5 32.25
 6  Kallisto II     4w0 16b1 12w1  7w1  2b0  1b0  9w1  3w1 11b1  5w0 14b1  7.0 65.5 31.50
 7  Ant             2w0 13b1  9w1  6b0 12w1  4b=  8w0 15w1  1b= 16b1  3w=  6.5 62.0 27.50
 8  Diep           15b1  5w0 14b1  3w0  4w= 12b1  7b1  1w0  2b0 13w0 16w1  5.5 61.5 19.75
 9  Schach 3.0     11b= 15w1  7b0 10w1  5b=  2w0  6b0 16w1 13w1  1b0  4w0  5.0 62.5 16.25
10  Dappet          1w0 12b0 16w1  9b0 14w1 15b1 13b1  4w0  3b0 11w=  2b0  4.5 57.5 11.75
11  Goldbar         9w=  2b0  3b0 15w1 13w1 16b=  5w0 14b0  6w0 10b= 12w1  4.5 54.0 14.50
12  Lchess 4.0      3b0 10w1  6b0 14w1  7b0  8w0 16w1 13b0 15b1  2w0 11b0  4.0 54.5 10.00
13  Rookie 2.0      5b0  7w0 15b= 16w1 11b0 14b= 10w0 12w1  9b0  8b1  1w0  4.0 52.5 12.50
14  Zzzzzz 4.2     16w1  1b0  8w0 12b0 10b0 13w= 15b1 11w1  5b0  3w0  6w0  3.5 56.0  8.50
15  Bionic          8w0  9b0 13w= 11b0 16b1 10w0 14w0  7b0 12w0  4b0  5b0  1.5 52.5  2.50
16  Achess         14b0  6w0 10b0 13b0 15w0 11w= 12b0  9b0  4w0  7w0  8b0  0.5 53.5  2.25
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Tournament cross table                           1 1 1 1 1 1 1 |
No. Name                       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 |
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  1 Nimzo 98                   x = + + + + = + + +     + +     |
  2 Cilkchess 2.0              = x - + + + + + + + + +         |
  3 The King                   - + x - + - = +   + + +   +     |
  4 Zarkov                     - - + x = + = = + +         + + |
  5 Arthur                     - - - = x +   + =   +   + + +   |
  6 Kallisto II                - - + - - x +   +   + +   +   + |
  7 Ant                        = - = =   - x - +     + +   + + |
  8 Diep                       - - - = -   + x       + - + + + |
  9 Schach 3.0                 - -   - = - -   x + =   +   + + |
 10 Dappet                     - - - -         - x = - + + + + |
 11 Goldbar                      - -   - -     = = x + + - + = |
 12 Lchess 4.0                   - -     - - -   + - x - + + + |
 13 Rookie 2.0                 -       -   - + - - - + x = = + |
 14 Zzzzzz 4.2                 -   -   - -   -   - + - = x + + |
 15 Bionic                           - -   - - - - - - = - x + |
 16 Achess                           -   - - - - - = - - - - x |
Table 1: Results of the 17th Dutch Open Computer-Chess Championship.
 
Name Hardware Programmers Place
1 Cilkchess 2.0 DEC SMP 4 processor 
Alpha 466 MHz
Aske Plaat, Don Dailey, 
Chris Joerg, Larry Kaufman, 
Charles Leiserson
Cambridge MA, USA 
and Amsterdam, NL
2 The King AMD K6  200 MHz Johan de Koning Delft, NL
3 Nimzo 98 Pentium II 300 MHz Christian Donninger, 
Helmut Weigel, Andreas Kure
Vienna, Austria
4 Kallisto II Cyrix M2  166 MHz Bart Weststrate Spijkerboor nh, NL
5 Schach 3.0 Pentium 166 MHz Thomas Kreitmair, 
Matthias Engelbach
Unterschleissheim, Germany
6 Arthur Pentium II 266 MHz Walter Ravenek Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, NL
7 Diep Pentium Pro 200 MHz Vincent Diepeveen Veenendaal, NL
8 Zzzzzz 4.2 SUN Sparc 300 Mhz Gijsbert Wiesenekker Huizen, NL
9 Ant AMD K6 200 Mhz Tom Vijlbrief Baarn, NL
10 Lchess 4.0 Pentium MMX 233 MHz Lex Loep Almere, NL
11 Dappet Pentium MMX 200 MHz Peter Kouwenhoven, 
Dap Hartmann
Delft, NL 
Cambridge MA, USA
12 Zarkov *) Pentium II 300 Mhz N.A. N.A.
13 Goldbar Pentium 200 MHz Bart Goldhoorn Almere, NL
14 Rookie 2.0 Sun UltraSparc-2 
Enterprise 250 MHz
Marcel van Kervinck Eindhoven, NL
15 Bionic Pentium MMX 233 MHz Hans Secelle Schelderode, Belgium
16 Achess Pentium Pro 200 Mhz Amindo Naarden Zeist, NL
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Table 2: Participants of the 17th Dutch Open Computer-Chess Championship.

After the 6th round Remy de Ruysscher  reported that  he accidentally  played the ZARKOV program  instead of his own  SHANNON program. In order to minimise the disturbance to the tournament, the arbiter Rienk Doetjes decided that the  same version of ZARKOV should continue to play on behalf of the organisation, and not for competition.

Selected games

Below the games played by the first three participants against each other are presented.

Round 3

CILKCHESS 2.0 - NIMZO 98

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. Bb5+ Nc6 9. 0-0 cxd4 10. cxd4 Bg4 11. Be3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Bxd4 13. Rac1 Bxe3 14. Qxe3 Qc7 15. Bxc6+ bxc6 16. Qc3 Rg8 {} 17. Qxc6+ Qxc6 18. Rxc6 Kd7 19. Rfc1 Rgc8 20. Rxc8 Rxc8 21. Rxc8 Kxc8 22. Kf1 Kd7 23. Ke1 Kc6 24. Kd2 Kb5 25. Kc3 Ka4 26. Kc4 Ka3 27. f4 Kxa2 28. e5 Kb2 29. g3 h6 30. Kb5 Kc3 31. Ka6 g5 32. e6 fxe6 33. fxg5 hxg5 34. h4 gxh4 35. gxh4 Kd4 36. Kxa7 Ke4 37. Kb6 Kf4 38. Kc5 e5 39. h5 e4 40. h6 e3 41. h7 e2 42. h8=Q e1=Q 43. Qh6+ Kg4 44. Qg6+ Kf3 45. Qf5+ Kg2 46. Qg4+ ½ - ½

Round 5
THE KING - NIMZO 98
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. Be2 Nf6 5. 0-0 c5 6. Nc3 Qd8 7. Ne5 Bxe2 8. Qxe2 e6 9. d3 Be7 10. Qf3 Nbd7 11. Nc4 b6 12. Bf4 0-0 13. Rfe1 Rc8 14. Nb5 Ra8 15. Bc7 Qc8 16. Ncd6 Qa6 {} 17. c4 Qa5 18. Nc3 Bxd6 19. Bxd6 Rfd8 20. a3 Qa6 21. Nb5 Ne8 22. Bc7 Rdc8 23. Bf4 Ndf6 24. b4 Qa4 25. bxc5 bxc5 26. Be5 Rd8 27. Rab1 a6 28. Nd6 Nxd6 29. Bxd6 Qxa3 30. Ra1 Qc3 31. Be7 Re8 32. Bxc5 Rad8 33. Red1 Qc2 34. Rac1 Qb3 35. Rb1 Qc3 36. Bb6 Rd7 37. Qe2 Rc8 38. f4 g6 39. Kh1 a5 40. Rb5 a4 41. Bc5 a3 42. d4 Rdd8 43. Rbb1 Nd7 44. Rbc1 Qb3 45. Be7 Re8 46. Bd6 a2 47. c5 Nf6 48. Rd3 Qd5 49. Be5 Nd7 50. Rdd1 Ra8 51. Qb2 Rec8 52. Kg1 Ra4 53. Qa1 Nxe5 54. fxe5 Qe4 55. Qc3 Kg7 56. Ra1 Rb8 57. Qf3 Qxf3 58. gxf3 Rb2 59. Rac1 Rbb4 {} 60. c6 Rxd4 61. Rxd4 Rxd4 62. Ra1 Rd2 63. c7 Rc2 64. Rxa2 Rxc7 65. Kf2 Rc4 66. Ke3 g5 67. Kd3 Rf4 68. Ke3 Kg6 69. Ra7 Rh4 70. Ra2 Kf5 71. Rg2 h6 72. Ra2 Kxe5 73. Ra5+ Kf6 74. Ra2 e5 75. Rb2 Kf5 76. Rb7 f6 77. Rb2 Rh3 78. Rb4 Rxh2 0-1

Round 7
THE KING - CILKCHESS 2.0
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd6 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 0-0 8. e4 B4 9. 0-0 Bxc3 10. bxc3 Nxe4 11. Qc2 Nd6 12. Bd3 h6 13. Ne5 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Nf5 15. Ba3 Re8 16. Rad1 Qh4 17. Rfe1 c6 18. Be4 Qg5 19. Qe2 Kh8 20. g3 Rg8 21. h4 Nxh4 22. Bc1 Qxe5 23. gxh4 Qxc3 24. Bb2 Qa5 25. Qe3 Qh5 26. Qg3 f5 27. Bf3 Qf7 28. Bg2 Kh7 29. Be5 {} g6 30. Qc3 a6 31. Rd2 Qe7 32. Red1 g5 33. Bf6 Qf7 34. Rd8 e5 35. hxg5 Rxd8 36. Rxd8 Kg6 37. Qg3 Be6 38. Rxa8 Qh7 39. Rf8 Bf7 40. Bh3 Qg7 1-0