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a Chess Engine Communication Protocol compatible chess program by Sylvain Renard, competing the 15th World Microcomputer Chess Championship 1997 in Paris, the Aegon Man-Machine Tournaments 1995, 1996 and 1997 [1] and various French Computer Chess Championships and Massy Tournaments, winning the title at the FCCC 1999 tied with Chess Tiger [2].


given in 1997 [3]:
CAPTURE is a "classical" chess program. It uses alpha-beta search (with a zero window), check extensions, null-move, history heuristic at the root of the tree. The program uses hash tables (tested with 64 Mb of RAM but should work with more!). The move generator does not use bit boards. The main chess knowledge of CAPTURE: pawn structures, development and mobility of pieces, piece placement, some endgame knowledge (essentially pawn endgames and mating routines). The value of pieces depends slightly on the number of pawns on the chessboard. The evaluation function is "made by hand" and modified according to positional tests.

Selected Games

FCCC 1999, round 2, AnMon - Capture [4]
[Event "FCCC 1999"]
[Site "Clichy FRA"]
[Date "1999.10.09"]
[Round "02"]
[White "AnMon"]
[Black "Capture"]
[Result "0-1"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 e6 5.c3 a6 6.O-O Nc6 7.Bb3 Be7 8.Bf4 O-O
9.Nbd2 b5 10.a4 b4 11.Qc2 Bb7 12.Rfe1 d5 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Bg3 Na5 15.Ba2 
Nc6 16.Rab1 Nf6 17.h3 Bd6 18.Bh4 Be7 19.Nc4 Nh5 20.Bxe7 Nxe7 21.Ncd2 Nf4
22.Bc4 Qc7 23.Ne4 Rfd8 24.g3 Nfg6 25.Neg5 Bxf3 26.Nxf3 Qb7 27.Qe2 Nc6
28.Qe4 Rd7 29.d4 cxd4 30.Nxd4 Nxd4 31.Qxb7 Rxb7 32.cxd4 Rc7 33.Be2 Rd7
34.Rbd1 a5 35.Bb5 Rd6 36.Bd3 Ne7 37.Re5 Nc6 38.Be4 Nxe5 39.Bxa8 g6 40.b3 
Nc6 41.Bxc6 Rxc6 42.Rd3 f6 43.Kg2 Kf7 44.Kf3 Ke7 45.Ke3 Kd6 46.h4 Rc2 
47.Rd2 Rc1 48.Rd3 Rb1 49.Ke4 h6 50.Kf4 Kd5 51.f3 g5+ 52.hxg5 hxg5+ 53.Ke3 
Rb2 54.f4 g4 55.f5 exf5 56.Kf4 Rf2+ 57.Ke3 Rc2 58.Rd1 Rg2 59.Kf4 Rf2+ 
60.Ke3 Rf3+ 61.Ke2 Rxb3 62.Rd2 Rxg3 63.Rd1 b3 64.Rf1 Kxd4 65.Rd1+ 0-1

External Links


  1. ^ Aegon Man-Machine Tournaments from the old CSVN Site
  2. ^ Chess Tiger 12.0 wins the FCCC together with Capture by Christophe Théron, CCC, October 10, 1999
  3. ^ Capture's ICGA Tournaments
  4. ^ Downloads | France | Country championships | Games, CSVN site

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