Man versus Machine Part 1

I need to make a correction to my previous post. Marie Tannus, Omry’s mother, told me that Omry was 12 years old, not 10, when I lost to him.

In this article I am going to make a brief departure from the topic of chess blindness and discuss man versus machines. In this case, I managed to defeat a chess program that plays on the Internet Chess Club (ICC). This program was rated almost 600 points above me at the time that this game was played and I think that this is the very first time that a program has resigned against me. Previously, none of the chess programs that I played against would resign, offer draws or accept draws. Their refusal to accept draws had me playing out some ridiculous endgames. At the time that I am writing this, here are the statistics for the program called Colossus:

Statistics for Colossus(C)         On for: 6:08     Idle:   33

              rating [need] win  loss  draw total   best
Bullet          2859  [8]  5274    30    44  5348   3027 (07-Aug-2001) 
Blitz           3069  [8]  7355    39   116  7510   3134 (25-Nov-2006) 
Standard        2640  [5]  3353   104   115  3572   2726 (08-Jul-2001) 

 1: Crafty v22.1 (1 cpus)
 2: Colossus is usually unattended and cannot respond to tells.

 Groups : computer

Here are my current statistics on ICC:

Statistics for OnGoldenPawn         On for:    0     Idle:    0

              rating [need] win  loss  draw total   best
Blitz           1282  [8]    77    79    23   179   1441 (13-Mar-2005) 
Standard        1489  [6]   351   377   122   850   2033 (11-May-2012) 
5-minute         851  [8]     1     2     0     3                      
Correspondence  1750  [2]    31    15    10    56   1750 (09-Nov-2011) 

 Name   : Mike Serovey

Playing late at night when I am tired, or while trying to do something else, like eat, has caused some losses that have hurt my rating at ICC.

In this game against Colossus that I have posted below, I have been unable to find any real blunders on the part of either player. Both sides played a few second best moves, but Colossus made enough of those inferior moves to lose. It seems that I lost my other two games to Colossus. Although I won this game, my positional play in the opening included moves that I would not normally make because they violate the rules of development that I normally follow. Sometimes, it helps to know when to violate rules such as not moving the same piece twice in the opening and to castle early.

Mike Serovey