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  5274 30 44 5348 3027 (07-Aug-2001) Blitz 3069  7355 39 116 7510 3134 (25-Nov-2006) Standard 2640  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  77 79 23 179 1441 (13-Mar-2005) Standard 1489  351 377 122 850 2033 (11-May-2012) 5-minute 851  1 2 0 3 Correspondence 1750  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.