G1: Hiarcs-Bareev 1/2
G2: Bareev-Hiarcs 1/2
G3: Hiarcs-Bareev 1/2
G4: Bareev-Hiarcs 1/2
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No winner in Maastricht
The match between Russian number 7 of the world, Evgeny Bareev and the English
program Hiarcs X, programmed by Mark Uniacke ended 2-2 after four draws.
English again in game four! But this time Mark Uniacke was prepared. He was a
bit surprised by 1.c4 in the second game but on Thursday after the third game
he checked a few possible English structures. And his preparation seemed to
pay off: Hiarcs got a good position in a Tarrasch-like position.
moves the position was nearly equal, although white had some pressure on the
centre. The English program showed a plus of about 0.80 but Bareev defended
well and deserved the draw. “It was amazing that Bareev found a way out of the
complicated position, Uniacke said after the game. Bareev: “I missed some good
chances in the second game, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed the
match against the computer. I had not seen any game of Hiarcs before the
Play another day
Evgeny Bareev has played 13 games in the Corus Chess Tournament in Wijk aan
Zee and had just one day to recover from that tour-de-force. On Tuesday the
first game of his match against Hiarcs X started. His results so far (three
easy draws) prove that it is not necessary to have a certain version of an
engine weeks or even months in advance. Bareev: “I just play and really don´t
care what the name of the program is: Fritz, Junior or Hiarcs, what´s the
difference? I am a professional chessplayer, I just play”.
Mark Uniacke keeps on working on his engine, even in Maastricht :”Since Hiarcs
8 was released last year, I have made 196 new versions, this version in
Maastricht is called Hiarcs 8.196”. I have been able to work full-time on the
engine since october. I hope that Hiarcs 9 will be released this year. I do
only release a new version when it is at least 40 ELO points stronger than its
predecessor. And this Maastricht version is at least 60 points stronger than
Hiarcs8. I would not mind to get the top spot on the SSDF list again”.
After 13 games in Wijk and two in Maastricht, Evgeny Bareev wanted to think of
something else than chess. Your reporter and match director Hans Adriaanse
joined Evgeny to see “Die another day”, the newest James Bond movie. Evgeny
told me that he is James Bond fan:” I have at least 10 Bond movies on tape in
Moscow”. Afterwards he smiled: “Hmm, no Russians in this movie, does that mean
that we are not the bad guys anymore?”
In the third game, Bareev obviously did not want to be the bad guy with black.
In an French Defence, Hiarcs chose another variation as in game 1, but could
not get an advantage. The English program grabbed a pawn, but it was not
difficult to equalize for black. After 36 moves Bareev offered a draw. Mark
Uniacke accepted that offer. “I am a bit dissapointed that I could not get
more out of the opening with white. I have been through a lot of Evgeny´s
games, but it is hard to find a weak spot in his repertoire. His openings are
sound and it is difficult to get an advantage.”
The last game will be played on Friday, 31 January, 13.00 CET. You can follow
the games live on the website
Strategic battle ends in a
Mark Uniacke arrived at the Centre Ceramique early to get his fast Athlon 2.4
Ghz with 1GB RAM started and to play a few blitz games with Hiarcs X against
Hiarcs 8. It is obvious that the new version is stronger than its predecessor:
Hiarcs X crushed his younger version 4,5-0,5. “I think that this new version is
about 50-60 ELO points stronger than Hiarcs 8. I have been working full-time on
this version since october. I am a bit nervous before the games start, you could
say that I am the nervous part of the program!”, Mark Uniacke told us before the
Hiarcs has often played in the famous Aegon Man vs. Machine tournaments in The
Hague in the nineties. Hiarcs played 30 games in “Aegon” and scored 18,5 points
(62%). In 1997, during an exhibition before the last Aegon tournament started,
Hiarcs 5 played games against Anand and Timman: both games ended in a draw.
GM Igor Glek (ELO 2576) came to Maastricht on Wednesday to help his good friend
Bareev. They obviously prepared an English opening (very polite, since Hiarcs is
an English program!) and after the new move 11…Be6 Hiarcs felt quite
comfortable. The English program closed the centre and Bareev took the
opportunity to take the initiative on the queenside. Glek thought that white was
slightly better after 31 moves, but “it is difficult to find the correct plan.
Black has a cramped position but maybe it is easy for computers to defend this
position. It is a good position to play with white against a human player, but
against a computer it is a different story. I can remember that I played against
Fritz 3 in a tournament in Bonn in 1995. I thought that I had a winning position
but Fritz found some incredable moves. I could not believe that the computer
could hold the position.” Back to the game: Hiarcs tried to take over the
initiative with moves like 36…e3 and 37…Nxb5. However, that gave some tactical
chances for the 36-year old Muscovite. It was not enough to get a winning
advantage though: the game ended in a draw.
On Thursday the third game will be played on 13.00 CET. The games can be
followed live on the official website:
You may also like to follow the games on
the ChessBase server and chat with some friends about the game.
The first game of the Man vs. Machine match Bareev-Hiarcs X
ended in a draw. Dick Klokgieters from sponsor Duwell opened the match at 1 PM
CET. Bareev, playing black, chose the French Opening. Hiarcs avoided the
exchange of queens in the middle game. After 25 moves black seemed to have a
slight advantage, but Hiarcs could defend its position. Bareev thought that he
was almost winning after the queens were exchanged, but he could not how a
winning variation. “Well, let´s try again tomorrow”, Bareev smiled. Mark
Uniacke was nor unhappy with the draw. “The exchange variation is drawish, but
the open position is good for the computer. I don´t like those close positions
with a Caro-Kann-Slav pawn structure, which are difficult for computers”.
You can find the game with analyses by Jan
van Reek official website:
www.chessevents.nl. The next game will be played on Tuesday, 13.00 CET. You
will also find some pictures on the official website.
The Chess Events Maastricht Foundation announce the Man vs Machine Match
between Evgeny Bareev and Hiarcs X. The four-game match will be played from
28.-31. January 2003 in the Centre Céramique in Maastricht, The Netherlands
with classical time control.
The match is sponsored by Centre Céramique, ChessBase, DGT Projects, Duwell
and Paradigit Computers.
The games will be broadcast on the websites
study composer Jan van Reek will analyze the games live with several computer
programs and you can follow his analyses on the Chess Events Maastricht
website. Human web cam Eric van Reem will provide the pictures during the