:: Complete Chess Match Stellwagen - Baramidze

Daniël Stellwagen winner of the first Complete Chess Match

The fourth game in the match seemed to end in a short draw, because Baramidze chose a quiet opening. He surprised his opponent by playing the rock-solid Petroff defence and the young Dutchman looked surprised. He played an unusual line with 5. Nc3 instead of 5.d4.

In the early middlegame the “Dutch incarnation of Boris Spasski” (Jan van Reek), started an attack with 14.h4 and pushed another pawn on the kingside with 17.g4. Baramidze, who is an excellent defender, played an inaccurate move, 22...Qd6 after which Daniel could start a ferocious attack with f4 and f5.
(Maybe he has got his inspiration from the movie “The last Samurai”. He visited that movie on Thursday together with match manager Hans Adriaanse and press officer Eric van Reem).

The engines in the analyses room showed a big plus score for white, but Daniël had not sufficient time to check the variations with his computer. After the game he told us that Shredder showed +2 on his computer, but that evaluation was completey wrong, according to Stellwagen.
He played a few inaccurate moves between move 30 and 40 and suddenly Baramidze had a defendable position. He missed an opportunity to draw the game but he or the engines missed the line with 36...Qf3! The queen endgame was clearly better for white and after 49 moves David Baramidze had to resign. You can find analyses on the website www.chessevents.nl.

The players enjoyed this first Complete Chess match. “It will be strange to play a game without the help of Fritz next week”, Stellwagen smiled after the last game. Although the result was not in his favour, Baramidze enjoyed the week in Maastricht: “I liked to play with computers, it makes things a lot easier during the game”.

13.02.2004, Quick but exciting draw in game three - Stellwagen - Baramidze 1.5-1.5

The youngsters seemed to be in a hurry today: the first 20 moves in the third game of their Complete Chess Match were thrown on the board with enourmous speed. However, after 24.Rg3 Daniel Stellwagen checked the difficult position with the engines Shredder 8 and Fritz 8.

Both players were following the rapid game Lutz-Ye Jiangchuan, Europe-Asia 2001, but Stellwagen played 24...Qc7! after 45 minutes instead of the bad move 24...Rxc4? Baramidze could not find a way to keep an advantage and with an elegant combination he forced a draw by repetition.

After 35 moves and two hours of play the game was over. Annotations by Jan van Reek and Daniël Stellwagen can be found on the website www.chessevents.nl. The last game will be played on Friday.

Some information about Complete/Advanced chess

Advanced chess was conceived and introduced in the international tournament circuit by Gary Kasparov, who played the first public match in June 1998 against Veselin Topalov.
The match was organized in the city of Léon, Spain. Since then, Léon has hosted more Advanced Chess matches, in 1999 Anand won against Karpov and in 2000 and 2001 the Indian grandmaster won again. Shirov was his opponent in those matches.

In 2002 Vladimir Kramnik won a match against Anand. But not only in Léon Advanced Chess has been played. During the Chess Classic Mainz in August 2002 Peter Svidler played two Advanced Chess handicap games against professor Eckhardt Freise. The Russian champion was allowed to use Fritz on a slow laptop and the strong amateur Freise played with the same program on a very fast Pentium PC.

At the same time Vishy Anand played a handicap match against the Mayor of Mainz, Jens Beutel. The amateurs, however, had no chance against the pros, even with fast computers. In Maastricht we play Advanced chess with the time limits from classical chess and the result is Complete Chess.
As we could see in the third game today, we can see that certain positions need more analyses and time.

12.02.2004, Stellwagen strikes back : 1-1

Take two young players from Germany and The Netherlands, give them a computer and four extremely strong chess engines and let them play four games against each other.

A lot of people expected four draws because the players can check every line with one or more chess engines. But it turns out that it is not possible to check everything with the computer. In the second game David Baramidze had a lot of difficulties finding the right move after 25.Ree1.
“There were so many opportunities for black, although I did not really like my position”, Baramidze told after the game.
And Daniël admitted that the very strong move 27. Re4! was a computer move. “I never thought about a move like that, but the computer showed a plus score and therefore I played the move”, the young Dutchman smiled after the game.

Stellwagen had a slight advantage during the whole game and could win the resulting knight against bishop endgame, although black seemed to have missed a chance to save the game: look at the position after 38. Kd4. Baramidze played 38...Bb3? but correct is 38...Kd8 39. Nf3 Ba2! 40. Ke5 Kd7 41. Ng5!? h6 42. Ne4 b5! and black seems to have sufficient counterplay. However, things are not very clear and the position needs some more analyses.

11.02.2004, Stellwagen blunders in the endgame: Baramidze takes the lead

David Baramidze won the first game in the Complete Chess Match against Daniel Stellwagen. The young talents from Germany and the Netherlands, who will be grandmasters very soon, are allowed to use a computer and chess software during the game. The organizers installed four very strong ChessBase engines: Shredder 8, the computer chess world champion from Graz 2003 and number 1 on the SSDF list. Fritz 8, the program that managed to equalize in matches against Gary Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik.

The players were also allowed to consult the Mega Database, an enourmous chess database with more than 2,5 million games. The software was installed on fast Pentium 4 computers with 2,8 MHz and 512 MB RAM.

Both players are from a generation that grew up with computers and chess engines and often use the software during their preparation. However, the players were familiar with the well-know program Fritz, but did not really have experience with the other programs like Shredder. During the first game, however, the young German analysed the game with Shredder and Hiarcs and especially Shredder is famous for its endgame knowledge endgame. The game seemed to end in a draw, but Stellwagen made a few mistakes in the rookending.

The young Dutchman probably used different engines or did not check the variations deep enough, but we could not ask him because he left the building immediately after the game. Baramidze showed us a few variations after the game and it became clear that the young Dutchman missed a few opportunities to draw the game, e.g. 41...Re8! or 42...Ke6 43. Kb6 Rc8! 44.Kd4 Rc6 45. b7 Rb6 46. Rg7 g5 with an easy draw. You can find more analyses from Jan van Reek on the official website www.chessevents.nl. On Wednesday the second game will be played.

Daniël Stellwagen (Netherlands) and David Baramidze (Germany) will play complete chess in Maastricht, The Netherlands from 10-13 February 2004. This fourth match organised by the Chess Events Maastricht foundation will be a 4-game encounter between two young talents from The Netherlands and Germany.

The Chess Events Foundation has organised high-class man against computer matches: Computer killer GM John van der Wiel lost against Rebel in 2001 (2,5-3,5), Dutch champion Loek van Wely played a draw against Rebel in 2002 (2-2) and last year the Russian GM Evgeny Bareev played four draws against Hiarcs (2-2).

The players are allowed to use computers like in advanced chess and get the time limits from classic chess. Both players are free to use ChessBase software during the game.
The available time is 40 moves in 2 hours and 20 moves in 1 hour. Thereafter, 15 minutes and 30 seconds per move. We call the result ‘complete chess'.

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