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Rajlich wins Sixth PAL/CSS Freestyle Tournament

25.07.2007 � For the first time in Freestyle a team has succeeded in regaining the title. Vasik Rajlich won the third event in June 2006, and now, together with his wife and French Defence expert IM Iweta Rajlich, has staged a come-back, winning the $16,000 finals on the Playchess server exactly one year later. The 32-processor computer "Mission Control" came sixth. CCGM Arno Nickel reports.

Sixth PAL/CSS Freestyle Tournament

Report by CCGM Arno Nickel

The sixth PAL/CSS Freestyle tournament was won be the team of Rajlich, led by the author of the program Rybka, IM Vas Rajlich, and assisted by his wife IM Iweta Rajlich, whose opening weapon, the French, proved most effective in this final (+1 =4 with Black and +1 with White against here own favourite defence). Normally GM Michal Krasenkov also belongs to the team, but this time he was playing another tournament, in Spain, if I�m right. Half a point behind was a trio of further "centaurs", humans assisted by computers, who dominated the event with their poisoned opening arrows and fine rapier thrusts, to which a brute force colossus like Mission Control with its 32 processors had nothing to counter. Here are the final standings:

No.

Participants

Fr.Elo

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Pts

SoB

1.

Rajlich

2736

**

1

1

1

6.0

25.50

2.

Flyingfatman

2674

**

1

1

5.5

23.75

3.

Cato the Younger

2649

**

1

1

5.5

23.50

4.

Klosterfrau

2608

**

1

1

5.5

23.25

5.

Rentner2

2631

0

0

**

1

1

4.5

18.50

6.

Mission Control

----

0

**

0

1

4.0

17.00

7.

PvP

----

0

0

1

**

0

1

4.0

16.75

8.

New Man

----

0

0

0

**

1

1

4.0

15.75

9.

Kreuzfahrtschiff

----

0

0

1

0

**

3.5

15.00

10.

Ultra-d

2695

0

0

0

0

**

2.5

12.50

Nick Carlin's team Flyingfatman was one of the positive surprises of the 6th Freestyle Tournament. The English IT expert had already participated in the 5th Freestyle event, with help of Russian GM Aleksander Rustemov (Elo 2552), but had missed the qualification by half a point. In the 6th Main Tournament he played the first six rounds as �engine-only�, but switched to centaur play for the last three games on Sunday, when a series of drawn games secured him the tied second place. Apart from his own �Quad� Nick received hardware support from Majd Ansari (Kuwait), while Jiri and Roman had also a four-processor machine at their disposal. Thus Nick Carlin showed excellent skills as a coach and also gave an example in which dimensions today�s semi-professional Freestyling is already happening.

After Sujay Jagannathan alias Mission Control had dominated the Main Tournament with his 32-processor machine running a Rybka engine, everybody was curious how he would do in the final. They had not wait too long for a sensation, when in the first round Mission Control played 26...Kg8 after a deep think (11 min) and then, shortly afterwards, resigned.

Flyingfatman (2682) - Mission control (2468) [B97]
6th Freestyle Final playchess.com #101760 (1.1), 22.06.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5!? dxe5 11.fxe5 Nfd7 12.Ne4 Qxa2 13.Rd1 h6 14.Bh4 Qd5 15.Qe3 Qxe5 16.Be2 Bc5 17.Bg3 Bxd4 18.Rxd4 Qa5+ 19.Rd2 0�0 20.Bd6 Nc6 21.0�0!? Re8 23.Kh1 Ne7 24.Bc7! Qc6

25.Rxf7 Kxf7 26.Nd6+ Kg8 and 1�0.

What had happened? White lured his opponent into a highly topical line of the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn Variation and threw him out of book with the relatively new move 21.0-0. Not aware of the mating attacks to which his king would be exposed, Black � the Rybka engine � continued with fast play, although now it was high time for a long think. In move 24, after a short interactive analysis the centaur�s �killer instinct� knocked the engine down.

So how can White continue his attack without giving Black time to consolidate his kingside? 27.Nxe8 Nf5 28.Qg6 Qc3 29.Qxe6 Kh8

Once again White has to decide, whether he can go on with direct attack or has to concede Black counterplay in view of his weakened first rank and the hanging rook on d2. Only the exchange sacrifice 30.Qxf5! justifies White�s 24th move Bc7. After 30...Qxd2 31.Qf7 Qe1+ 32.Bf1 Black has no more illusions.

No matter, if he defends g7, with 32...Qa1 or 32...Qc3, he will be unable to parry the manoeuvre Bc7-d6-f8 followed by the sequence ...Nxf8, Qxf8+, Kh7 and Bd3+. Black�s queen might capture the d3-bishop, but cannot prevent Qxg7+ mate at the same time. Shortly after 26...Kg8 Mission Control recognised that in about ten moves (20 ply) it would be without defence against White�s attack; that is to say, it got 30.Qxf5 into its �horizon� (and then resigned), while about 2-3 moves earlier, in the critical position before 24.Bc7, the exchange sacrifice was still out of its view. That really is an instructive Freestyle example for a centaur profiting of an engine�s limited �horizon�!

The Poisoined Pawn with 10.e5!? (B97) could be seen in seven games of the 5th and 6th Freestyle Tournaments and earned White three wins. Will this continue in future Freestyle events or will Black be better prepared? Mission Control was tested again in this variation in round seven by IM Joerg Blauert alias Rentner2, and this time achieved an exciting draw by playing 17...Qd5 (instead of 17...Bxd4). The analysis may continue...

The winner got $8,000, and as the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed ended up tied, each got $2,000. Cato the Younger (3rd), once again led by Anson Williams, had problems with the pairings (they had black against some of the strongest opponents and they had to play five games with the black pieces) and their quad computer. Klosterfrau (4th) alias IM Dennis Breder played only two games (vs. Rajlich and Mission Control) as a centaur, but even so ranked among the winners. One reason may be his strong opening book, the other one a surprising time loss by Rentner2 in a blocked and rather drawish position. This way Rentner2, who had shown a strong performance so far, became the tragic hero of this final.

We already spoke about favourite openings in this final, but how to explain that 86% of the 45 games started with 1.e4, with all closed opening beeing total "out"? Only once Black replied 1...e5 in those 39 games with 1.e4. As usual, Sicilian was the favourite opening (24 games with a score of 42% for Black), but after that came French with 14 games and a score of 50% for both sides! We may expect that this trend will continue for some time, at least with the centaurs, as the French Defence will be chosen for it potential for strategical play.

The draw rate was a bit lower than last time: 62%, which means 17 decided games and 28 drawn games, though one could have expected the opposite. This means that there seems to be no need for a change towards a three-point-for-a-win-rule. A CSS Online poll on this question actually saw 48.21% votes (out of 115) for a change, but most of the finalists don�t like such artificial incentives and prefer to discuss other alternatives to the specific round-robin system. Discussions will go on, but for the time beeing there will be no dramatic changes.

Another topic of the poll was related to the rate of play. 39.47 % said they like the 60min + 15sec modus, 14.91% would prefer an even faster rate of play, and 43.86% voted for longer times. That means, people are generally content with the system, as it is. When asked if they would like to participate in an additional nine-round tournament with two hours per game (and only one game per day) 58.41% said �yes� and only 29.2% said they won�t. So we have a clear vote for such a tournament.

The schedule for the 7th PAL/CSS Freestyle Tournament, which is not fixed yet, will most probably be like this:

9 rounds with 90min + 30sec rate of play:

I. weekend: September 7-9, 2007
1. Round: Friday 19.00 MEZ
2. Round: Saturday 14.00 MEZ
3. Round: Saturday 19.00 MEZ
4. Round: Sunday 14.00 MEZ

II. weekend: September 14-16, 2007
5. Round: Friday 19.00 MEZ
6. Round: Saturday 14.00 MEZ
7. Round: Saturday 19.00 MEZ
8. Round: Sunday 14.00 MEZ
9. Round: Sunday 19.00 MEZ

Money prizes: 1st $7000, 2nd $3500, 3rd $2000, 4th $1000, 5th $500.

So this time there will be no final, as the whole tournament would take too much time. This instance might be of interest for new and strong players to give it a try, same as the longer rate of play, which should be in favour of centaurs, though opinious are different in this point. The 8th PAL/CSS Freestyle Tournament could take place � once again with 60min + 15sec � in November/December 2007, with nine instead of eight rounds in the main event, as 58.04% of the participants voted for a third round on Friday (up to now we used to play only two rounds on Friday).

For the main events (and may be even for all Freestyle tournaments) the organisers are thinking about abolishing the automatic engine play, that is to say everybody should enter the moves manually. The reason for this is that there have been too many engine crashes and disconnections in previous Freestyle tournaments, especially when both players use different client software. The tournament director is occupied by these problems (restarting games, deciding about results, chatting with the players) most of the time, when he should instead be taking care of other things, like the pairing system, proper information, tables and so on. Players who to play with more then one account will have a hard time, but may be they will find others to help them as operators. And of course everyone has to be present at his or her PC during the game.

Finally, here is the latest Freestyle Elo list. Published are players with at least 15 rated games. In case of at least 30 rated games the rating is considered as �fixed� and shown in bold type. The list is now based on 2445 games and 362 players.

Freestyle Name

Elo

Games

Score

Av.Op.

Draws

1 Vvarkey

2754

15

70.0 %

2607

33.3 %

2 Rajlich

2740

62

68.5 %

2605

56.5 %

3 Etaoin Shrdlu

2727

19

63.2 %

2634

63.2 %

4 Mission control

2716

17

61.8 %

2633

52.9 %

5 Nebula

2707

24

66.7 %

2587

41.7 %

6 Flying Saucers

2698

42

63.1 %

2605

54.8 %

7 Zor_champ

2698

46

63.0 %

2605

39.1 %

8 Jazzled

2694

38

63.2 %

2600

68.4 %

9 Xakru

2692

25

64.0 %

2592

56.0 %

10 Frigderi

2692

16

59.4 %

2626

56.2 %

11 Flyingfatman

2690

24

62.5 %

2601

58.3 %

12 The wizard of Os

2676

19

60.5 %

2601

57.9 %

13 Cato the Younger

2670

37

63.5 %

2574

62.2 %

14 Rodo

2668

28

60.7 %

2593

71.4 %

15 Kreuzfahrtschiff

2667

17

55.9 %

2626

52.9 %

16 Revengeska

2666

16

62.5 %

2577

37.5 %

17 Oligarckh

2657

22

65.9 %

2542

50.0 %

18 Eve�est

2651

23

58.7 %

2590

65.2 %

19 PvP

2644

17

55.9 %

2602

41.2 %

20 EL-SHADDAI

2641

36

61.1 %

2562

44.4 %

21 Icy45

2639

25

54.0 %

2612

44.0 %

22 Hedgehog

2639

22

61.4 %

2558

68.2 %

23 Intagrand

2638

34

58.8 %

2576

41.2 %

24 Lasker#77

2634

16

59.4 %

2568

68.8 %

25 New Man

2632

17

55.9 %

2591

41.2 %

26 Rentner2

2631

66

54.5 %

2600

60.6 %

27 Ultra-d

2631

26

50.0 %

2631

53.8 %

28 King Crusher

2630

38

57.9 %

2575

63.2 %

29 Elissa

2628

20

52.5 %

2611

55.0 %

30 Ciron

2627

59

55.1 %

2592

59.3 %

31 Klosterfrau

2627

60

58.3 %

2569

60.0 %

32 Revelator

2621

22

63.6 %

2524

36.4 %

33 ZackS

2616

65

57.7 %

2562

47.7 %

34 Spaghetti Chess

2608

30

60.0 %

2538

60.0 %

35 Tatar

2608

40

57.5 %

2556

40.0 %

36 EmilV

2608

33

57.6 %

2555

60.6 %

37 WieNie

2604

16

56.2 %

2561

50.0 %

38 Relic

2602

29

56.9 %

2554

58.6 %

39 Alansacount

2598

50

57.0 %

2549

54.0 %

40 Averell

2596

17

50.0 %

2596

41.2 %

41 PAKman

2593

32

57.8 %

2538

40.6 %

42 OpenFormula

2589

23

58.7 %

2528

65.2 %

43 Bychamp_II

2589

33

59.1 %

2525

45.5 %

44 Poweronoff

2582

49

57.1 %

2532

61.2 %

45 Equidistance

2581

38

52.6 %

2563

36.8 %

46 Sebi-chess

2578

31

54.8 %

2544

45.2 %

47 Campolungo

2576

15

53.3 %

2553

40.0 %

48 Rybusia

2576

15

56.7 %

2529

60.0 %

49 Engineer

2576

45

53.3 %

2552

44.4 %

50 Hercules01

2570

20

47.5 %

2588

55.0 %

51 Abeljusto

2570

29

55.2 %

2534

48.3 %

52 PawnStriker1978

2568

17

58.8 %

2506

47.1 %

53 Pingugator

2563

15

60.0 %

2493

80.0 %

54 Tony Kosten

2560

24

52.1 %

2546

45.8 %

55 Petr H�ba

2560

28

60.7 %

2484

57.1 %

56 Ibermax

2560

27

48.1 %

2572

51.9 %

57 Sergey_M

2552

23

56.5 %

2507

52.2 %

58 Rainer Zufall

2551

41

51.2 %

2542

48.8 %

59 Fredi_z

2551

40

53.8 %

2525

67.5 %

60 Dieb Fritz

2542

27

51.9 %

2529

59.3 %

61 Walden

2541

27

53.7 %

2515

55.6 %

62 Kaputtze

2532

35

50.0 %

2532

60.0 %

63 Pulse_exchange

2531

19

47.4 %

2549

52.6 %

64 Heffalump

2527

31

54.8 %

2493

58.1 %

65 Noritano

2526

31

53.2 %

2503

48.4 %

66 Auryn

2519

33

51.5 %

2509

54.5 %

67 Braincooler

2516

17

41.2 %

2578

58.8 %

68 Caligula_of_Rome

2510

15

53.3 %

2486

80.0 %

69 Goldbar

2509

35

54.3 %

2479

45.7 %

70 WindPower

2502

39

48.7 %

2511

51.3 %

71 Souk

2498

15

46.7 %

2521

80.0 %

72 Alexisco

2497

31

53.2 %

2475

54.8 %

73 Katzenmaier

2496

21

52.4 %

2479

38.1 %

74 Neverfail

2494

32

50.0 %

2494

37.5 %

75 Stabiloboss

2491

22

56.8 %

2443

31.8 %

76 VoidChessICC

2487

36

45.8 %

2516

52.8 %

77 WoDra

2486

37

51.4 %

2477

64.9 %

78 Hoshad

2486

39

48.7 %

2495

51.3 %

79 Akhtar

2475

29

56.9 %

2426

37.9 %

80 Knilch hi

2469

31

53.2 %

2447

54.8 %

81 Credit

2466

15

46.7 %

2490

26.7 %

82 Rockdoc

2466

15

43.3 %

2513

33.3 %

83 Safary

2466

16

53.1 %

2444

43.8 %

84 Footbolo

2456

16

46.9 %

2478

56.2 %

85 MASLAKKOSTIA

2456

21

50.0 %

2456

33.3 %

86 Supermichi

2451

15

43.3 %

2498

46.7 %

87 ChessChryssy

2450

25

50.0 %

2450

44.0 %

88 AlterEgo

2444

28

46.4 %

2469

64.3 %

89 Thebrokenking

2444

24

47.9 %

2458

45.8 %

90 Erdo

2437

15

40.0 %

2507

40.0 %

91 Dom_

2434

24

41.7 %

2492

25.0 %

92 Kidambi

2431

19

39.5 %

2505

36.8 %

93 Mberggren

2403

15

46.7 %

2426

40.0 %

94 Cluster Wraith

2397

23

43.5 %

2442

52.2 %

95 Gomez

2396

15

40.0 %

2467

40.0 %

96 Bogdansyg

2391

27

44.4 %

2429

51.9 %

97 Pandini

2390

33

40.9 %

2453

63.6 %

98 John Higgins

2381

23

37.0 %

2474

39.1 %

99 Jimliew

2359

16

34.4 %

2471

56.2 %

100 Brain-damage

2344

20

37.5 %

2432

35.0 %

101 Olivier-Evan

2342

25

34.0 %

2458

36.0 %

102 Croberson

2333

35

37.1 %

2425

34.3 %

103 Christian Gorals

2331

21

40.5 %

2398

42.9 %

104 Ggg

2318

22

38.6 %

2398

40.9 %

105 Mikhail Umansky

2315

26

30.8 %

2456

38.5 %

106 Simplicissimus

2308

15

30.0 %

2456

46.7 %

107 Underdrive

2288

16

31.2 %

2425

62.5 %

108 RybkaKiller

2282

15

36.7 %

2377

60.0 %

109 LuB�Wy

2281

22

38.6 %

2361

40.9 %

110 Kapaun

2279

27

35.2 %

2386

48.1 %

111 Jpsingh1972

2273

19

34.2 %

2387

36.8 %

112 Pantani

2233

19

31.6 %

2367

31.6 %

113 Greyscales

2229

21

33.3 %

2349

47.6 %

114 CumnorChessClub

2215

15

30.0 %

2362

20.0 %

115 VampireBat

2198

21

21.4 %

2424

23.8 %

116 RedLotos

2193

18

27.8 %

2359

22.2 %

117 Otto der erste

2179

15

26.7 %

2355

26.7 %

118 Pepekan

2122

20

22.5 %

2337

15.0 %

6th CSS/Pal Freestyle Tournament - Final

Rangliste: Stand nach der 9. Runde
Nr. Teilnehmer TWZ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Punkte SoBerg
1. Rajlich 2742 ** 1 1 1 6.0 25.50
2. Flyingfatman 2587 ** 1 1 5.5 23.75
3. Cato the Younger 2620 ** 1 1 5.5 23.50
4. Klosterfrau 2606 ** 1 1 5.5 23.25
5. Rentner2 2614 0 0 ** 1 1 4.5 18.50
6. Mission Control 2481 0 ** 0 1 4.0 17.00
7. PvP 2716 0 0 1 ** 0 1 4.0 16.75
8. New Man 2630 0 0 0 ** 1 1 4.0 15.75
9. Kreuzfahrtschiff 2590 0 0 1 0 ** 3.5 15.00
10. Ultra-d 2700 0 0 0 0 ** 2.5 12.50

 

Paarungsliste der 1. Runde
Tisch TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte - TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte Ergebnis At
1 1. Flyingfatman   () - 10. Mission Control   () 1-0  
2 2. New Man   () - 9. PvP   () �-�  
3 3. Ultra-d   () - 8. Rajlich   () �-�  
4 4. Rentner2   () - 7. Kreuzfahrtschiff   () �-�  
5 5. Klosterfrau   () - 6. Cato the Younger   () �-�  
 
Paarungsliste der 2. Runde
Tisch TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte - TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte Ergebnis At
1 10. Mission Control   (0) - 6. Cato the Younger   (�) �-�  
2 7. Kreuzfahrtschiff   (�) - 5. Klosterfrau   (�) �-�  
3 8. Rajlich   (�) - 4. Rentner2   (�) 1-0  
4 9. PvP   (�) - 3. Ultra-d   (�) 1-0  
5 1. Flyingfatman   (1) - 2. New Man   (�) 1-0  
 
Paarungsliste der 3. Runde
Tisch TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte - TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte Ergebnis At
1 2. New Man   (�) - 10. Mission Control   (�) �-�  
2 3. Ultra-d   (�) - 1. Flyingfatman   (2) �-�  
3 4. Rentner2   (�) - 9. PvP   (1�) 1-0  
4 5. Klosterfrau   (1) - 8. Rajlich   (1�) �-�  
5 6. Cato the Younger   (1) - 7. Kreuzfahrtschiff   (1) 1-0  
 
Paarungsliste der 4. Runde
Tisch TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte - TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte Ergebnis At
1 10. Mission Control   (1) - 7. Kreuzfahrtschiff   (1) �-�  
2 8. Rajlich   (2) - 6. Cato the Younger   (2) �-�  
3 9. PvP   (1�) - 5. Klosterfrau   (1�) �-�  
4 1. Flyingfatman   (2�) - 4. Rentner2   (1�) �-�  
5 2. New Man   (1) - 3. Ultra-d   (1) 1-0  
 
Paarungsliste der 5. Runde
Tisch TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte - TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte Ergebnis At
1 3. Ultra-d   (1) - 10. Mission Control   (1�) 0-1  
2 4. Rentner2   (2) - 2. New Man   (2) 1-0  
3 5. Klosterfrau   (2) - 1. Flyingfatman   (3) �-�  
4 6. Cato the Younger   (2�) - 9. PvP   (2) �-�  
5 7. Kreuzfahrtschiff   (1�) - 8. Rajlich   (2�) 0-1  
 
Paarungsliste der 6. Runde
Tisch TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte - TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte Ergebnis At
1 10. Mission Control   (2�) - 8. Rajlich   (3�) �-�  
2 9. PvP   (2�) - 7. Kreuzfahrtschiff   (1�) 0-1  
3 1. Flyingfatman   (3�) - 6. Cato the Younger   (3) �-�  
4 2. New Man   (2) - 5. Klosterfrau   (2�) �-�  
5 3. Ultra-d   (1) - 4. Rentner2   (3) �-�  
 
Paarungsliste der 7. Runde
Tisch TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte - TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte Ergebnis At
1 4. Rentner2   (3�) - 10. Mission Control   (3) �-�  
2 5. Klosterfrau   (3) - 3. Ultra-d   (1�) 1-0  
3 6. Cato the Younger   (3�) - 2. New Man   (2�) 1-0  
4 7. Kreuzfahrtschiff   (2�) - 1. Flyingfatman   (4) �-�  
5 8. Rajlich   (4) - 9. PvP   (2�) 1-0  
 
Paarungsliste der 8. Runde
Tisch TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte - TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte Ergebnis At
1 10. Mission Control   (3�) - 9. PvP   (2�) 0-1  
2 1. Flyingfatman   (4�) - 8. Rajlich   (5) �-�  
3 2. New Man   (2�) - 7. Kreuzfahrtschiff   (3) 1-0  
4 3. Ultra-d   (1�) - 6. Cato the Younger   (4�) �-�  
5 4. Rentner2   (4) - 5. Klosterfrau   (4) 0-1  
 
Paarungsliste der 9. Runde
Tisch TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte - TNr Teilnehmer Tite Punkte Ergebnis At
1 5. Klosterfrau   (5) - 10. Mission Control   (3�) �-�  
2 6. Cato the Younger   (5) - 4. Rentner2   (4) �-�  
3 7. Kreuzfahrtschiff   (3) - 3. Ultra-d   (2) �-�  
4 8. Rajlich   (5�) - 2. New Man   (3�) �-�  
5 9. PvP   (3�) - 1. Flyingfatman   (5) �-�  

Mission Control takes over in Freestyle Tournament
17.06.2007 � "A star is born" is becoming the normal headline for Freestyle tournaments, and the sixth edition of the PAL/CSS event, with 112 participants from 30 countries was no exception. A 32-processor machine playing on its own came first and, together with nine others, will take part in the $16,000 finals on the Playchess server, on June 22nd to 24th. Be there and watch the fun.

Sixth PAL/CSS Freestyle Tournament � "Mission control" takes over

Report by CCGM Arno Nickel

Only a few experienced human freestylers, among them three International Masters, succeeded in qualifying. But they were upstaged by a real computer monster � the UCI-engine Rybka 2.3.1 running on 32 processors, operated by Sujay Jagannathan alias "Mission control", who is lives in England.

About 20 FIDE titleholders and many high-end computer systems, which means four and even eight processor systems, guaranteed a strong competition. Yet, once again none of the grandmasters manage at least 5.5 points out of eight games, which was practically speaking the barrier for qualification (provided you also had a good progressive score). Czech GM Petr H�ba and Georgian GM Baadur Jobava were for a long time close to the top group, but at the very end they lacked the crucial half point. Also Britain�s GM Tony Kosten, who lives in France, and Ukrain GM Yuri Solodovnichenko did not show enough punch to reach the goal.

The rate of play was 60min + 15sec. About half of the participants took the opportunity to let their engine play automatically, which is probably a new record. That, however, caused also � to TD Martin Fischer's chagrin � additional technical problems, mostly due to different client versions being used, either at the start of the game, when one side was unable to make a move, or later on, when a player got disconnected.

The tournament went on without too long breaks, but Martin had to decide on some results, when several tries to restart a game simply failed. A side-effect were long discussions in the chat or by e-mail. For this reason the organizers are now considering forcing people to manually execute their moves. There are a number of incidental advantages to this rule. For instance participants can avoid a loss of time in case of obvious or forced moves. The only "disadvantage" is that the particpant must remain in front of the computer during the game, instead of letting the engines play completely unattended. But that would seem reasonable in a $16,000 chess tournament.

Regarding the big number of engine-only players it does not surprise us to find five of them among the qualifiers. Just have a look on the following table in order check, who is a keen centaur (*) and who is an engine-only player.

No. Participant Ti. Rtn Name Nat. + = Pts TB Perf.
1. Mission control   2481 Jagannathan ENG 5 3 0 6.5 33.0 2840
2. Flyingfatman   2587 Carlin ENG 4 4 0 6.0 29.5 2746
3. Rentner2 * IM 2614 Blauert   4 4 0 6.0 29.0 2724
4. Kreuzfahrtschiff *   2590 Kruse   4 4 0 6.0 27.5 2677
5. Cato the Younger *   2620 Chen Yingheng ENG 4 4 0 6.0 26.0 2706
6. Ultra-d   2700 Evans ENG 4 3 1 5.5 26.0 2697
7. Klosterfrau * IM 2606 Breder   3 5 0 5.5 24.5 2566
8. Rajlich * IM 2742 Rajlich, V. HUN 3 5 0 5.5 24.0 2685
9. PvP   2716 Kakirdakis GRE 4 3 1 5.5 23.5 2670
10. New Man   2630 Osterman SWE 4 3 1 5.5 23.0 2628

The winners are of course the British � four finalists out of 11 participants! � and the Germans, as they got through three centaurs. To be more precise we have to add that IM Dennis Breder alias Klosterfrau this time could not afford time for more than two centaur games. BUT that will of course completely different in the final. The losers of the 6th Freestyle Main Tournament are, if I am right, for the first time the US players, as none of the 15 transatlantic participants could qualify. The Americans are usually the second strongest group behind the Germans.

As to the Freestyle rating, in the fourth column we sometimes used the rating a player had achieved with his former nickname: Mission control = formerly Hercules01 and Moto Guzzi, Kreuzfahrtschiff = formerly Dummkoller, PvP = formerly Nebula, New Man = formerly Kingcrusher. These figures were used for the pairings but not for the Elo evaluation.

In this tournament Mission Control took its opponents by surprise with a 32 processor system, which meant about 21 plys on average. Sujay Jagannathan, the man behind, was already known before to some insiders. Only later I found out that he had already played with his monster hardware in the previous Freestyle Tournament, as Hercules01, where he also qualified for the final, but came second last. I asked him, what was different this time, and this is, what he wrote in an e-mail:

�I ran on AMD dual core socket F CPUs 8216 2.6 x 32, which I have upgraded to 3 GHz x 32 now. Better preparation on book and less engine bugs compared to the last PAL final, where day one was a total disaster with two endgame bugs and opponents getting disconnected and restarting the whole game, which resulted in another loss, as the engine played a red book move. Last but not the least luck also plays its part.�

Thanks, Sujay! Somebody in the chat said that his father was director of a mathematical institute and was granting him access to such powerful hardware. Surely he will tell us much more after the final, where many people will follow Mission Control�s games in order to see if, for the first time, an engine-only player will become Freestyle Champion. Of course it will be much harder for Suj this time, as everybody will be preparing for him.

The surprise factor is a very important thing in the main tournament. When I, Ciron, met Mission Control in the fifth round (I had 3.5 out of 4) I didn�t know anything about my opponent and was completely confused, because I couldn�t properly identify him as an engine or a centaur. There was simply no information in the players list, though it should be there. I will not go into details of why this might have happened, but people should understand that such a situation, which cannot occur in a round-robin tournament like the final, is rather confusing, especially when you had already played six hours before this happens. By the way, El-Shaddai alias Nolan Denson (place 25), experienced the same problem as me.

You might argue that freestyle means anything goes� And indeed, whenever such things happen people start discussions about what is allowed and what is not allowed in freestyle. Someone reported �hacker� attacks from his opponent, trying to disconnect him�

After the final some questions on the future of freestyle chess will be put into the focus, especially our plans for a tournament with longer time controls. The freestyle poll on CSS online shows that many players are interested in such a contest, mainly because it might offer better chances for human participation. The poll also shows some of the other questions in discussion. Probably we will opt for a tournament with 90min + 30sec rate of play. This allows to play 4-5 games on a weekend: 1st game Friday, 2nd + 3rd games on Saturday, 4the (+ 5th) games on Sunday. We could play a Swiss tournament on two weekends (9 or 10 rounds), this time without an additional final. If desired, we can continue with the freestyle events in intervals: next tournament with 60 min + 15sec rate of play and then again 90min + 30sec. So everybody can choose what he likes most.

Here is the rest of the final table and at the end you will find the download for the games:

11.

Rino-1

 

 

 

Stibi

 

4

3

1

5.5

22.0

2707

12.

Revelator

 

2591

 

Knowles

USA

3

4

1

5.0

28.0

2647

13.

Ciron

 

2622

 

Nickel

 

4

2

2

5.0

26.5

2630

14.

OpenFormula

 

2587

 

Osterman

SWE

3

4

1

5.0

24.5

2612

15.

Rodo

 

2691

 

Gallo

ITA

2

6

0

5.0

24.0

2598

16.

Petr H�ba

GM

2505

 

Haba

CZE

2

6

0

5.0

23.5

2706

17.

The Wizard

 

 

 

Bennett

ENG

2

6

0

5.0

23.0

2690

18.

MjLvMj

 

 

 

Indoc

IND

2

6

0

5.0

23.0

2664

19.

Oligarckh

GM

2686

 

Jobava

GEO

2

6

0

5.0

23.0

2612

20.

Lasker#77

 

 

 

Bigler

SUI

2

6

0

5.0

22.5

2666

21.

Bychamp_II

 

2574

 

Monteiro

BRA

4

2

2

5.0

22.5

2648

22.

Fredi_z

 

2544

 

Z�llner

AUT

3

4

1

5.0

21.5

2626

23.

Krampak

 

 

 

Torroella

ESP

4

2

2

5.0

18.0

2553

24.

Equidistance

 

2591

 

Schoupal

CZE

3

3

2

4.5

24.0

2580

25.

EL-SHADDAI

 

2654

 

Denson

USA

3

3

2

4.5

24.0

2560

26.

Averell

 

2597

 

Eckhardt

 

3

3

2

4.5

23.5

2586

27.

Tatar

 

2612

 

Baron

 

3

3

2

4.5

23.5

2572

28.

Braincooler

 

2403

 

Osterman

SWE

2

5

1

4.5

23.0

2657

29.

Alansacount

 

2604

 

Sassler

USA 

2

5

1

4.5

22.5

2536

30.

Sebi-chess

 

2568

 

B�hme

 

3

3

2

4.5

22.5

2535

31.

Engineer

GM

2595

 

Solodovnichenko

UKR

2

5

1

4.5

22.5

2475

32.

PAKman

 

2582

 

Pruitt

USA

1

7

0

4.5

21.5

2581

33.

Bogdansyg

IM

2302

 

Sygulski

POL

2

5

1

4.5

21.0

2650

34.

WindPower

 

2484

 

Wind

MAS

1

7

0

4.5

21.0

2616

35.

Rybusia

IM

2531

 

Rajlich, I.

HUN

2

5

1

4.5

21.0

2564

36.

GoLdEn-BoY

 

2703

 

Soney

USA

2

5

1

4.5

21.0

2562

37.

Tony Kosten

GM

2571

 

Kosten

FRA

3

3

2

4.5

20.5

2559

38.

Sonofluck

 

2447

 

Davalos

MEX

2

5

1

4.5

20.0

2649

39.

Gorleb

 

2442

 

Pillen

 

2

5

1

4.5

20.0

2644

40.

LazyBone

 

2500

 

Fuller

USA

2

5

1

4.5

20.0

2572

41.

Sergey_M

 

2604

 

Marinowsky

 

2

5

1

4.5

20.0

2408

42.

Xakru

 

2769

 

Dufek

CZE

1

7

0

4.5

19.5

 

43.

Ggg

GM

2148

 

Grigore

ROM

3

3

2

4.5

19.5

2585

44.

TheOrigin

 

2541

 

Baigi

 

2

5

1

4.5

19.5

2507

45.

Karadeniz Aslani

 

2549

 

Turgut

USA

3

3

2

4.5

19.5

2460

46.

Alexisco

 

2485

 

Koskoros

GRE

2

5

1

4.5

19.0

2643

47.

Bestteam

 

 

 

Moreira

POR

2

5

1

4.5

18.5

2467

48.

Akhtar

 

2488

 

Hashmi

UAE

4

1

2

4.5

18.5

2405

49.

Auryn

 

2541

 

Gallo

ITA

3

3

2

4.5

18.0

2435

50.

Footbolo

 

2389

 

Costa Serra

ESP

2

5

1

4.5

17.5

2525

51.

Pawntobewild

 

2525

 

Gray

AUS

3

3

2

4.5

17.0

2365

52.

Demian

 

2157

 

Greweling

 

4

1

3

4.5

13.0

2441

53.

Kitsune

 

 

 

Doane

USA

2

4

2

4.0

21.5

2579

54.

ZackS

 

2635

 

Zackary

USA

2

4

2

4.0

20.0

2475

55.

Heffalump

 

2551

 

Rades

 

2

4

2

4.0

19.5

2444

56.

TRAKA

 

2548

 

Weber

 

2

4

2

4.0

18.0

2424

57.

Qirco

 

2460

 

Kerimi

SUI

3

2

3

4.0

16.5

2563

58.

Wytiko

 

2313

 

Luppi

Ita

4

0

4

4.0

16.0

2523

59.

Jimliew

IM

2167

 

Liew

Mal

1

6

1

4.0

16.0

2521

60.

Hoshad

 

2502

 

Dabbaghyan

SWE

2

4

2

4.0

16.0

2396

61.

Kapaun

 

2247

 

Nettelbeck

 

2

4

2

4.0

14.5

2461

62.

Lukulus

 

2668

 

L�ttke

 

3

2

3

4.0

14.5

2333

63.

Amadeus Chess

 

2509

 

Bauer

 

2

3

3

3.5

20.5

2472

64.

MASLAKKOSTIA

IM

2480

 

Maslak

RUS

1

5

2

3.5

18.5

2480

65.

Kidambi

IM

 

 

Kidambi

IND

2

3

3

3.5

18.0

2483

66.

Supermichi

 

2481

 

Enderle

 

3

1

4

3.5

18.0

2441

67.

Poweronoff

 

2625

 

M�rtens

 

0

7

1

3.5

17.5

2362

68.

Knilch hi

 

2502

 

Wellmann

 

1

5

2

3.5

17.0

2357

69.

Don Juan

 

 

 

Calero Cardador

ESP

2

3

3

3.5

16.5

2467

70.

Noritano

 

2585

 

Gutsche

 

2

3

3

3.5

16.5

2348

71.

John Higgins

 

2279

 

Zatko

SVK

2

3

3

3.5

15.5

2516

72.

Gomez

 

2320

 

Gomez

USA

2

3

3

3.5

15.5

2478

73.

ChessChryssy

 

2485

 

Ludwig

 

2

3

2

3.5

15.5

2414

74.

AlterEgo

 

2465

 

Vuckovic

SCG

1

5

2

3.5

15.0

2429

75.

Mk1264

 

 

 

Kolss

 

2

3

3

3.5

15.0

2408

76.

Croberson

 

2330

 

Roberson

USA

2

3

3

3.5

15.0

2388

77.

Mberggren

 

2397

 

Berggren

SWE

3

1

4

3.5

14.5

2407

78.

Dom_

IM

2457

 

Pedzich

POL

3

1

4

3.5

14.5

2373

79.

Siciliane5

 

 

 

Jegels

 

2

3

3

3.5

14.0

2348

80.

Badbishop1

 

 

 

Dixon

USA

2

3

3

3.5

14.0

2428

81.

Alfilferoz

IM

 

 

Alvarez

ARG

1

5

2

3.5

13.5

2416

82.

Mateen

 

 

 

Hashmi

UAE

2

3

3

3.5

13.0

2362

83.

Intagrand

 

2649

 

Williams

ENG

2

2

3

3.0

19.5

2380

84.

WoDra

 

2525

 

Draeger

 

0

6

2

3.0

14.5

2262

85.

Pandini

 

2373

 

Delport

 

0

6

2

3.0

13.0

2428

86.

CumnorChessClub

 

2162

 

Plant

ENG

2

2

4

3.0

11.5

2321

87.

TommyM39

 

 

 

Mahling

 

1

4

3

3.0

11.5

2262

88.

Big MC

 

 

 

S�hnlein

 

1

4

3

3.0

10.0

2452

89.

Toothlessbishop

 

 

 

Fabri

ENG 

1

3

4

2.5

16.5

2414

90.

Walden

IM

2560

 

Noble

NZL

0

5

3

2.5

15.0

 

91.

Brain-damage

 

2360

 

Chaplin

ENG

1

3

4

2.5

11.0

2208

92.

Simplicissimus

 

2464

 

Bruening

 

2

1

5

2.5

11.0

2128

93.

LUB�Wy

 

2317

 

B�rgin

 

2

1

5

2.5

10.5

2199

94.

Albitexm

 

 

 

Oggero

ITA

0

5

3

2.5

10.0

2221

95.

Fireonline

 

 

 

 

 

1

3

4

2.5

10.0

2216

96.

RybkaKiller

 

2371

 

Singh Jai Prakash

Ind

0

5

3

2.5

8.5

2160

97.

Dudi

 

2036

 

Schloegl

ENG

2

1

5

2.5

6.5

2188

98.

Otto der erste

 

2175

 

Zielasko

 

2

1

5

2.5

5.5

2060

99.

Katzenmaier

 

2549

 

Kleinert

 

2

0

6

2.0

14.0

2170

100.

Chichirivichi

 

 

 

Cohen-Revivo

ISR

1

2

5

2.0

12.5

2221

101.

Shallow Yellow

 

 

 

Kolss

SWE

1

2

5

2.0

10.5

2280

102.

Ibermax

 

 

 

Richards

ENG

1

1

6

1.5

11.5

 

103.

Angelo Dundee

 

 

 

Akat

TUR

1

1

6

1.5

11.0

 

104.

Formula-Open

 

 

 

Abdelrahim

USA

0

3

5

1.5

9.5

 

105.

Pepekan

IM

2068

 

Candela

ESP

1

1

6

1.5

8.0

2033

106.

Dragonfg7

IM

 

 

Canda

USA

1

1

6

1.5

8.0

 

107.

El_cuco_tuyo

 

 

 

Ortiz

USA

1

0

7

1.0

8.0

 

108.

Lord Vader

 

 

 

Lopatka

POL

0

1

7

0.5

4.0

1896

109.

Littleprince

 

 

 

Pr�fer

 

0

1

7

0.5

4.0

 

110.

HydraAssasin

 

2449

 

Naar

KOL

0

1

1

0.5

0.5

0

111.

Pantani

GM

 

 

Jaracz

POL

0

0

8

0

0

 

112.

Sinaigarak

 

 

 

Karagianis

USA

0

0

8

0

0

 

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