The pairing:

Nemeton  Hiarcs  0-1 
Komodo  The Baron  1-0 
Arminius  Spartacus  1-0 
Embla  The King  0-1 


This round have started on Sunday 30 April 2017 at approx. 14:00. With one leader, Komodo, 5 out of 5, followed by Hiarcs with half a point less and The Baron with 1 point behind the leader. 

The Baron loses after an unequal fight, although the game seemed a long time equal.

The pairing:

Embla  Nemeton  0-1 
The King  Arminius  0-1 
Spartacus  Komodo  0-1 
The Baron  Hiarcs  ½-½ 


This round is started on Sunday 30 April 2017 at approx. 11:45. Harm Geert is remarking "Komodo, sigh...." when the pairing is announced. Hiarcs and The Baron are discussing the drawish line of the book opening. But it is a short book line that is used by The Baron. Nementon wins although Embla tries to confuse its opponent by promoting to a knight. In the end The Baron draws against Hiarcs, although at one time the move played was confusing to the players, thinking that it was a losing move for white.

We have a visitor: Gert Isenberg. As came from Germany on his electric bike, he's entertaining the people with his stories of his trip from home to Leiden.

Photos by Jan Krabbenbos

The pairing:

Nemeton  The Baron  0-1 
Hiarcs  Spartacus  1-0 
Komodo  The King  1-0 
Arminius  Embla  1-0 


This round has started on Sunday 30 April 2017 9:45. At 9:44 only Embla is not yet present. Hopefully has not overslept. But Folkert walks in just before the start of the round.

Nementon plays an instructive game for starters in chess. It shows that you should not bring your queen too early into the battles on the board. The Baron punishes this and the games goes lost for Nementon. Spartacus against Hiarcs is a rook ending. Human players would draw this probably, but the tablebases are making it almost impossible for Spartacus to win. The promise of Johan de Koning to draw with The King against Komodo unfortunately could not stand. It lost the game.

Photos by Jan Krabbenbos


Arminius  Nemeton  1-0 
Embla  Komodo  0-1 
The King  Hiarcs  0-1 
Spartacus  The Baron  ½-½ 


The round has started. There are a few interesting games to be played in this round. The King and Nementon might be outsiders.

The draw by Spartacus against The Baron was a surprise. In the resulting position the programs could not find a good move to get forward. So a draw was concluded. The game The King - Hiarcs was a sharp game, where white chose not the correct move at the crucial moment. Which resulted in a win for Hiarcs. Komodo's operator Hans van der Zijden mentions that Embla is the strongest opponent it had today. Although Komodo won, it was the longest game of round 3. 

The pairing for the second round is:

Nemeton  Spartacus  1-0 
The Baron  The King  1-0 
Hiarcs  Embla  1-0
Komodo  Arminius  1-0 


(The games will start around 14:00, probably a little earlier.)

The results seem logical when you look at the playing strength of the programs. The win of Nementon over Spartacus is an interesting one as Harm Geert Muller has not done work to his program for 8 years and Stan Arts is improving his program continually. Stan remarked that he improved on hardware also and that this is improving the speed with a factor 3. The endgame of The Baron against the King is an interesting fight with a pawn promoting on both sides of the board to a queen. However, The King could not win as The Baron already had seen. After The Baron forced the exchange of the queens, Johan de Koning decided to throw the towel. About Embla we can say that it was improved a lot by Folkert van Heusden. It plays good games now, although it is still weaker than the big shots like Hiarcs. 

Fotos by Jan Krabbenbos

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