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AirPlatypus13
22-11-2005, 10:06 AM
A good coverage of the start at www.chessbase.com
Hydra is a nasty piece of work. :wall:

pballard
22-11-2005, 11:36 AM
And games scores at http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/twic.html - they seem to be missing from chessbase.

The first round (computers white, all won) was positively ugly. Well done by the humans in round 2!

AirPlatypus13
23-11-2005, 10:57 AM
After winning Rd 3 by 2 + 1/2 to a 1/2 the computers lead the match 6+1/2 to 2 + 1/2. A very impressive game from Hydra against Ponomariov.
Hydra -Ponomariov 1-0
Fritz - Kazimdzhanov 1/2
Junior -Khalifman 1-0

pballard
23-11-2005, 11:59 AM
A very impressive game from Hydra against Ponomariov.

Indeed. Blocked positions are usually effective against computers, but Hydra broke through very efficiently.

pballard
24-11-2005, 10:41 AM
3 draws today. The humans lost the match 8-4, but at least did not lose as badly as in the Hydra-Adams match.

Hydra allowed a repetition of moves when the "correct" course would have been to vary and go for some tactical mess where the computers are nearly always superior.

Games scores at TWIC (see my post above).

AirPlatypus13
25-11-2005, 09:39 AM
A very pedestrian effort by Hydra as black in the last round. :thumdown:

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2005, 01:31 PM
Seems a funny time to stop the match - would have been more interesting to see each human play each computer with each colour, six rounds instead of four.