November 26, 2006

Kramnik and the machine: Game one

Yesterday was game one of the Vladimir Kramnik - Deep Fritz match-up. There are six games scheduled, with Kramnik looking to claim the million dollar prize. Game one ended in a draw after Deep Fritz defused the opening danger to reach a roughly equal endgame. Game two goes Monday.

From Chessbase:
Game one was a vintage Kramnik effort against Deep Fritz. The world champion's precise and methodical style is dangerous against humans and ideal against computer. Kramnik employed the same tranquil Catalan opening he used against Veselin Topalov several times in their world championship match. It's just the sort of line to squeeze a mild positional advantage with minimal risk, something that's especially important when facing a computer looking at eight million moves per second...

...Kramnik settled for doubling Black's pawns and getting a tiny endgame edge that was more optical than real. Fritz played some unorthodox moves but never seemed in doubt of the eventual draw. An impressive control game by Kramnik, although it should be much harder to achieve with the black pieces on Wednesday.

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