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Flying Saucers 5th Freestyle Champion

Posted by freestyle-chess on April 28, 2007 at 4:41 AM Comments comments (0)
?Flying Saucers? is the internet nickname of the 5th PAL/CSS Freestyle Champion. In the Final on March 23rd-25th Dagh Nielsen from Denmark went into the lead in round 5 and then really took off. ?ZackS?, the US team of Steven Zackary from US and legendary 1st Freestyle Champion, tried its best to catch him in round 8, but the Dane was well prepared for another Sicilian Najdorf, which was Black?s favoured defence in this Final.

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Xakru 4th Freestyle Champion

Posted by freestyle-chess on November 7, 2006 at 4:38 AM Comments comments (0)

The Freestyle Champion is Xakru, dammit!
07.11.2006 That's what happens when you choose a flippant name on the chess server: you win a major event and wish you hadn't called yourself "Damn it" (in Czech). Jiri Dufek and Roman Chytilek won the first prize, $8,000, in the fourth computer assisted tournament on Find out what transpired in the final of this Freestyle event in this report by Arno Nickel.

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Rajlich Team 3rd Freestyle Champion

Posted by freestyle-chess on August 31, 2006 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)
The third 3rd PAL/CSS Freestyle Tournament was held in the middle of July. With considerable delay we bring you a report by correspondence GM Arno Nickel on the results of this event, which had a prize fund of US $16,000 and was conducted on the server. Also a reminder that another $16,000 Freestyle tournament begins soon. Like to join the fun?

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Zor-Champ 2nd Freestyle Champion

Posted by freestyle-chess on April 16, 2006 at 4:31 AM Comments comments (0)
In a very exciting final the team of Zor-Champ, located in the United Arab Emirates, took first place and the $8,000 prize money in the Second PAL/CSS Freestyle Tournament. The team was driven by the program Hydra, which runs on multi-processor speical-purpose hardware. Second was IM Vasik Rajlich, assisted by his own program Rybka.

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Zacks 1st Freestyle Champion

Posted by freestyle-chess on May 31, 2005 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The PAL/CSS Freestyle Tournament, which was held on the server, ended today with the finals and the match for third place. Three grandmasters, working very efficiently with support from computers and human colleagues, had eliminated all opponents of the predominantly computer kind. With one exception: dark horse ZackS with no GMs or even titled players, had made it all the way from the qualifier (required for non-titled players) all the way to the finals, leaving even the giant Hydra machines in its wake.

The result of the final was a real shocker: ZackS defeated 14-year-old Russian GM Vladimir Dobrov, working together with a 2600+ colleague (and of course computers) convincingly with a 2.5:1.5 score. A full report on both sides will follow. For now we just note that ZackS consisted of a team of two players from New Hampshire: Steven Cramton, 1685 USCF and Zackary Stephen, 1398 USCF. They used three computers for the event, an AMD 3200+, a 2.8 MHz and a 1.6 MHz Pentium. The ZackS team used the chess engines Fritz, Shredder, Junior and Chess Tiger ? no GMs or IMs were involved.

There was some skepticism that two chess amateurs were able to defeat opposition that included GMs who were 1000 Elo points stronger and equipped with powerful computers, especially in the consistent and efficient way ZackS had done it. Did they have outside help, some super GM developing plans that they checked with the computer? Many speculated that it might be Garry Kasparov, who was the initiator of this kind of computer assisted chess matches. When we asked him Kasparov confirmed that was not the case. But he reminded us that it doesn't really matter. The guiding principle of Freestyle Chess: anything is allowed. "Even if they were assisted by the devil, that would probably be covered by the rules," he joked. "Only the moves they played count."

In the battle for third place Tank1, whose common-law identity is GM Vladimir Kosyrev of Russia, Elo 2542, played four draws against GM Konstantin Landa, and eventually overcame him in the tiebreak games.

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