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The Fourteenth World Microcomputer Chess Championship took place from October 8 to 15, 1996, Campus Kenari [1] [2] , Gunadarma University, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Campus Kenari [3]

Final Standing

14th World Microcomputer Chess Championship, Oct. 1996, Jakarta INA [4] [5]
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Program
CC
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Total
SOS
SoDOS
G
1
Shredder
DE
3b½
15w1
12w1
9b1
6b1
7w1
4w1
2b0
5b½
10w1
8b1
9
73
57¼
11
2
Ferret
US
15b½
3w1
11b½
19w1
5b1
6w½
8b1
1w1
4b½
7w½
9b1

72½
56¾
11
3
Nimzo-3
AT
1w½
2b0
15b½
14w1
19b½
20w1
7b1
5w0
16b1
4w1
6b1

71½
46¼
11
4
Crafty
US
5b0
8w1
14b1
11w1
18b1
12w1
1b0
6w1
2w½
3b0
7b½
7
75
44
11
5
Gunda-1
ID
4w1
10b1
6w0
17b1
2w0
9b½
19w1
3b1
1w½
8b0
13w1
7
73½
44½
11
6
Virtual Chess
FR
14b1
7w1
5b1
18b1
1w0
2b½
10w1
4b0
8w½
9b½
3w0

75½
41½
11
7
DarkThought
DE
16w1
6b0
10w1
25b1
9w1
1b0
3w0
12b½
20w1
2b½
4w½

71
37¼
11
8
Fritz
NL
10w0
4b0
16w1
27b1
20w1
11b1
2w0
9b1
6b½
5w1
1w0

67½
33¾
11
9
Zeus 3.1
ES
13b1
23w1
19b1
1w0
7b0
5w½
18b1
8w0
11b1
6w½
2w0
6
71
33¾
11
10
Gandalf
DK
8b1
5w0
7b0
15w1
13b1
18w1
6b0
11w0
12w1
1b0
23b1
6
69
34
11
11
Comet
DE
22w1
12b½
2w½
4b0
17w1
8w0
14b1
10b1
9w0
13b0
19w1
6
67
34¼
11
12
Eugen
ES
bye
11w½
1b0
13w½
25b1
4b0
17w1
7w½
10b0
20b1
16w½
6
60½
26½
10
13
Francesca
GB
9w0
22b1
20w½
12b½
10w0
14w½
21b½
25b1
23w1
11w1
5b0
6
60
30
11
14
Centaur
RU
6w0
16b1
4w0
3b0
27w1
13b½
11w0
26b½
bye
22w1
21b1
6
53
21
10
15
Schach 3.0
DE
2w½
1b0
3w½
10b0
21b½
27w1
22w½
20b0
26w1
24b1
17w½

60½
25
11
16
IsiChess
DE
7b0
14w0
8b0
bye
22w1
21w½
23b1
19b1
3w0
17b½
12b½

57
22¼
10
17
InterChess
DE
19b0
bye
26w1
5w0
11b0
25w1
12b0
21w½
24b1
16w½
15b½

52½
20½
10
18
Woodpusher
GB
24w1
26b1
21b1
6w0
4w0
10b0
9w0
22b½
19w0
27b1
bye

49½
16¾
10
19
BreakThrough
DE
17w1
25b1
9w0
2b0
3w½
24b1
5b0
16w0
18b1
21w½
11b0
5
65
25¾
11
20
Heureka
DE
23b0
27w1
13b½
21w1
8b0
3b0
24w1
15w1
7b0
12w0
25b½
5
57
21
11
21
Pandix
HU
26w½
24b1
18w0
20b0
15w½
16b½
13w½
17b½
25w1
19b½
14w0
5
56½
24¼
11
22
Diogenes
DE
11b0
13w0
24b½
23w½
16b0
bye
15b½
18w½
27w1
14b0
26w½

48½
13
10
23
Patzer
DE
20w1
9b0
25w0
22b½
24w0
26b1
16w0
27b1
13b0
bye
10w0

46½
12¼
10
24
The Turk
IS
18b0
21w0
22w½
26b1
23b1
19w0
20b0
bye
17w0
15w0
27b1

45½
11¾
10
25
Nightmare D
DE
27b1
19w0
23b1
7w0
12w0
17b0
bye
13w0
21b0
26b½
20w½
4
48½
10
10
26
XXXX
DE
21b½
18w0
17b0
24w0
bye
23w0
27b1
14w½
15b0
25w½
22b½
4
46
10¾
10
27
Ananse
CH
25w0
20b0
bye
8w0
14b0
15b0
26w0
23w0
22b0
18w0
24w0
1
50
0
10

Participants

14th World Microcomputer Chess Championship, Oct. 1996, Jakarta INA [6]
Program
CC
Authors
Operators
Processor
MHz
Ananse
CH
Walter Bannerman

Pentium
133
BreakThrough
DE
Werner Koch

Pentium
133
Centaur
RU
Victor Vikhrev, Alexey Manjakhin

Pentium
133
Comet
DE
Ulrich Türke
Wolfgang Hettler [7]
Pentium
133
Crafty
US
Robert Hyatt
Tom Crain [8] [9]
Pentium Pro
200
DarkThought
DE
Ernst A. Heinz, Markus Gille, Peter Gillgasch

DEC Alpha
433
Diogenes
DE
Jörg Burwitz
Karsten Bauermeister
Pentium
133
Eugen
ES
Eugenio Castillo Jiménez

Pentium
133
Ferret
US
Bruce Moreland

Pentium Pro
200
Francesca
GB
Tom King

Pentium
133
Fritz
NL
Frans Morsch, Mathias Feist

Pentium
200
Gandalf
DK
Steen Suurballe, Dan Wulff

Pentium
133
Gunda-1
ID
Suryadi Harmanto [10]
Dede Liu, Andi Suhendra
Pentium Pro
200
Heureka
DE
Gerold Fischer

Pentium
133
InterChess
DE
Michael Borgstädt [11] [12] [13]
Wolfgang Traudes
Pentium
133
IsiChess
DE
Gerd Isenberg

Pentium
133
Nightmare D
DE
Reinhold Gellner, Gaby von Rekowski

Pentium
166
Nimzo-3
AT
Chrilly Donninger
Helmut Weigel
Pentium Pro
224
Pandix
HU
Gyula Horváth
Devry Iskandar
Pentium
133
Patzer
DE
Roland Pfister

Pentium
133
Schach 3.0
DE
Matthias Engelbach, Thomas Kreitmair
Monika Mayer
Pentium
133
Shredder
DE
Stefan Meyer-Kahlen

Pentium Pro
200
The Turk
IS
Yngvi Björnsson, Andreas Junghanns

Pentium
133
Virtual Chess
FR
Marc-François Baudot, Jean-Christophe Weill
Pascal Tang
Pentium
166
Woodpusher
GB
John Hamlen

Pentium
133
XXXX
DE
Martin Zentner

Pentium
133
Zeus 3.1
ES
Gerardo Castaño Recio

Pentium
133

Photos

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Group Photo, Back row from left: Tom King, Gerold Fischer, Steen Suurballe, Jaap van den Herik
Wolfgang Traudes, Wardiman Djojonegoro, Gerd Isenberg, E. S. Margianti, Stefan Meyer-Kahlen,
Roland Pfister, Monika Mayer, Martin Zentner, Front row: Markus Gille, Werner Koch, Helmut Weigel,
Reinhold Gellner, John Hamlen, Pascal Tang, Gerardo Castaño Recio [14]

Photos & Games

Round 10

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InterChess - IsiChess [15], Gerd Isenberg and Wolfgang Traudes
[Event "WMCCC 1996"]
[Site "Jakarta, Indonesia"]
[Date "1996.10.??"]
[Round "10"]
[White "InterChess"]
[Black "IsiChess 2.5"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
 
1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.O-O Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 e6 7.c4 Bc5 8.Nxc6 bxc6
9.Qc2 Be7 10.Rd1 O-O 11.e4 Bb7 12.Nc3 Qc8 13.Qb3 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.Bxe4 f5
16.Bg2 e5 17.Re1 Bf6 18.Be3 Ba6 19.Rad1 e4 20.Bc5 Rd8 21.Rxd8+ Qxd8 22.Qa4 Bb7
23.Rd1 Qc7 24.Bd4 Bxd4 25.Rxd4 Bc8 26.Qa3 Be6 27.b3 c5 28.Rd1 Bf7 29.Qc1 Re8
30.Bh3 g6 31.Qd2 Qb6 32.Qe3 a5 33.g4 fxg4 34.Bxg4 a4 35.Re1 axb3 36.axb3 h6
37.Bd1 g5 38.Bc2 Bg6 39.h4 Qe6 40.Bd1 Qe5 41.hxg5 hxg5 42.Bf3 Kf7 43.Bg2 Kf6
44.f3 Bh5 45.fxe4 Ke7 46.Rf1 Bg4 47.Qf2 Be6 48.Rd1 Ra8 49.Bf1 Rh8 50.Rd3 Rh4
51.Re3 Bd7 52.Bg2 Qh2+ 53.Kf1 Qe5 54.Qe1 Rf4+ 55.Kg1 Bc6 56.Qd2 Rg4 57.Qd1 Rh4
58.Qe2 Qh2+ 59.Kf1 Rf4+ 60.Rf3 Bxe4 61.Rxf4 Qxf4+ 62.Kg1 Qc1+ 63.Kh2 Qf4+
64.Kg1 Qc1+ 65.Kh2 1/2-1/2

Round 11

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Patzer - Gandalf [16], Steen Suurballe and Roland Pfister [17],
[Event "WMCCC 1996"]
[Site "Jakarta, Indonesia"]
[Date "1996.10.??"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Patzer"]
[Black "Gandalf X"]
[Result "0-1"]
 
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 d5 5.e3 c5 6.dxc5 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6
9.Qd4 e5 10.Qxd5 O-O 11.Qd6 Be6 12.Qc7 Na6 13.Qxb7 Nxc5 14.Qb4 e4 15.Rc1 Qg5
16.Nh3 Bxh3 17.gxh3 a5 18.Qb1 Rfc8 19.Rd1 a4 20.Rd4 Rab8 21.Qc1 Rb6 22.Rd5 Qg6
23.Kd2 Qf6 24.Be2 Rcb8 25.Rxc5 Rb2+ 26.Kd1 Qxf2 27.Re1 Rb1 28.Rc8+ Kh7 29.Rxb8
Rxc1+ 30.Kxc1 Qxe1+ 31.Bd1 Qxe3+ 32.Kb2 a3+ 33.Kb3 Qc1 34.Rd8 Qb2+ 35.Ka4 Qxa2
36.Bb3 Qb2 37.Re8 a2 38.Bxa2 Qxa2+ 39.Kb5 f5 40.h4 f4 41.Kb4 0-1


Prologue

The 14th World Microcomputer Chess Championship in Jakarta [18] was a disputed championship [19] . Due to Indonesia's actions in East Timor [20] and elsewhere, reigning World Microcomputer Champion Marty Hirsch with MChess didn't felt comfortable to come to Jakarta to defend his title [21] .

The de facto ban of the Junior team [22] [23] [24] was another main issue, which caused potential participants evince solidarity with the Junior team - to boycott the championship or withdrawal after already registered. For the one or the other honorable reason Richard Lang, Ed Schröder, Chris Whittington, Vincent Diepeveen, Walter Ravenek [25] and others did not participate with their programs. Other programmers voted for not mixing political issues with sports or were more or less conform with the ICCA point of view.

The field of participants was dominated by 12 German entries, but only one Dutch, which was the program Fritz of the German ChessBase company, by Frans Morsch from The Netherlands and Mathias Feist from Germany. This matter of fact may be caused by Appeal to authority and Netherlands former relations to Indonesia and pronounced sensibility about the Suharto regime and symptoms of Antisemitism associated by the de facto ban of the Junior team due to their nationality [26] . The ICCA felt obligated to fulfill the contract they made with the main sponsor and host, and claimed financial suicide to turn it down [27] .

On the Ground

AstonAtriumJakartaBallRoom.jpg

The tournament circumstances were kind of tremendous: The subsidized accommodation in the class hotel Dai-Ichi (now Aston Atrium [28] ) - where also the opening ceremony with Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Wardiman Djojonegoro [29] and Rector of the Gunadarma University, Prof. E. S. Margianti [30] , took place - was quite luxurious. All participants received Batik shirts as gift and had personal hosts from the university, not to mention the sponsored flights for a (limited) number of participants, the excursion to Bogor, the excellent food between rounds, and closing dinner and whatever else. A minor drawback was the organized bus transfer between the hotel and playing hall. While the buildings, specially the playing hall was well air-conditioned, the bus was not and sauna like. With the consequence that most participants catches a cold from the second day. During the tournament there was a huge local press and TV-coverage. For security, police or military staff was aboard at the entrance of the tournament hall in the modern and comfortable university building where the tournament took place. The price award ceremony was accomplished by ICCA President Tony Marsland, Rector Prof. E. S. Margianti, and Minister of Public Housing, Akbar Tanjung.
Jakarta Ball Room in former Dai-Ichi [31]


Experience is a Hard Teacher

Gunda-1 and Crafty

A point of criticism and a negative precedence was the concession of the ICCA to let the host's program Gunda-1 of the Gunadarma University participate. It was a clone of Crafty, which also participated as well [32] [33]. On the players meeting it was agreed, that Crafty had to play Gunda-1 in the first round as proposed by the TD - to avoid possible later issues if it turned out, both programs may fight for the title. Also, no other program should play both. Gunda-1 won that game against Crafty and finally both programs finished 4th (Crafty) and 5th. Crafty had a strong tournament and won some nice games with 4. Bc4 instead of 4. Ba4 in the Ruy Lopez [34], which apparently threw most opponents out of book.

Operators

Other issues were related to unexperienced operators, not member of the programmers team, which caused Tournament Director Jaap van den Herik to do a lot of hard work and decisions almost each round. Another problem was the missing ability to produce valid PGN by various programs. The most time consuming case was the Heureka versus Schach 3.0 game in round 8, where around move 40 one got aware the external and internal board position in Schach 3.0 was divergent due to an operator error a few moves before (unfortunately the chess boards had no coordinates). On the other side, due to an en passant capture, Heureka was not able to take back the moves or even to start from any arbitrary position, but had to reenter the whole game - which was a bit error-prone due to interface issues and had to be done at least twice until the game could continue.

Amateurs vs. Professionals

The distinction between professionals and amateurs was justified to encourage hobbyists in participation and to reflect the commercial value of the title for the professional programmers likely associated with companies. However, after the "golden age" of dedicated chess computers the distinction became more difficult and the rule applied by the ICCA was a kind of ambivalent due to the definition of a relative income of 25 per cent from computer chess.

Engines like Nimzo and IsiChess were already commercial. Their authors affirmed their relative and absolute low income from selling their programs, which was generously accepted by the ICCA officials. Other possibly semi professional authors, who observed a below 25 per cent income, were considered full professionals by the ICCA. That was true for Marc-François Baudot and Jean-Christophe Weill with Virtual Chess [35] , and Chris Whittington with Chess System Tal and associated with Oxford Softworks, who developed and traded not only chess programs but other strategic games as well.

Quotes from Experience is a Hard Teacher by ICCA President Tony Marsland [36] :
In the past, applicants specified their program's category, competing for the Manufacturer's Title, the Professional Title or the Amateur Title. Now with sponsorship money and the provision of travel grants to some participants, times are changing. Naturally, the professionals had not been eligible for support (although it was after all their fees that were partly providing the grants), nor could the ICCA give financial incentives to professionals, since this might be construed as an endorsement of their product!

These conditions have led to an increasing number of participants requesting entry into the competition as amateurs. But the question of who is an amateur and who is a professional has no clear answer. For some amateurs there is unanimous agreement. Similarly, there is virtual unanimity that companies engaged in writing chess programs for sale should have their entries regarded as professional, even for a new program not yet marketed. However, there are many circumstances lying in a grey area between. For example: amateurs who offered a previous program for sale, but obtained little income from it. Or a programmer who works for a company making commercial chess software, but makes a living developing accounting packages. People are likely to have differing opinions about these cases. In the end the decision lies with the group charged with assessing the qualifications of the applicants. As with similar situations elsewhere the decision of the reviewers must be final and must be accepted with good grace. Basically the applicant makes the case and the reviewers give a judgement.

Shredder's First Title

The tournament was an 11 round accelerated swiss system [37] , the first three rounds were paired from two disjoint groups. The 14th WMCCC was the first victory of Stefan Meyer-Kahlen's Shredder, with half a point ahead of Bruce Moreland's Ferret. Shredder lost against the unbeaten Ferret in round 8, but Ferret made too many draws and got unlucky second place finisher. Ferret's win of the Blitz Title was a slight compensation though. Virtual Chess as sixth, won the title of the Professional World Microcomputer Chess Champion after a playoff against Fritz, since the leading five programs were all (still) amateurs.

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References

  1. ^ Universitas Gunadarma - About - Google+
  2. ^ Visitasi Akreditasi S3 Ekonomi | Rumah Pena
  3. ^ UG Knowledge Based Portal - Lokasi Universitas Gunadarma
  4. ^ 14th World Microcomputer Chess Championship from the ICGA Tournament Database
  5. ^ 14th World Microcomputer Chess Championship, Oct. 1996, Jakarta INA, CSVN site
  6. ^ Ratih Dewanti (1996). Report on the 14th World Microcomputer Chess Championship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4
  7. ^ Wolfgang Hettler holt Silber beim BSV-Blitz, May 28, 2011 (German)
  8. ^ Amazon.com: Schlechter's chess games by Tom Crain
  9. ^ Re: Is Crafty development hardware-oriented? by Robert Hyatt, rgcc, February 17, 1999
  10. ^ Gunadarma University Expert Team, being Haryanto, M. Shofwan A, Avinanta Tarigan, Adang Suhendra, Adrian, Tubagus Maulana, and Windiaprana, led by Suryadi Harmanto
  11. ^ along with Grabusic, see Ratih Dewanti (1996). Report on the 14th World Microcomputer Chess Championship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4
  12. ^ Thorsten about Jakarta 2 by Dirk Frickenschmidt, rgcc, October 10, 1996
  13. ^ Re: WMCCC by Bruce Moreland, CCC, September 25, 1997
  14. ^ Image clipped from opening ceremony group photo by B. Sumarwoto SE, in Tony Marsland (1996). Experience is a Hard Teacher. ICCA Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 267
  15. ^ Jakarta 1996 - Chess - Round 10 - Game 3 (ICGA Tournaments)
  16. ^ Jakarta 1996 - Chess - Round 11 - Game 1 (ICGA Tournaments)
  17. ^ Steen Suurballe Homepage
  18. ^ 1996 World Microcomputer Chess Championship by Tony Marsland, rgcc, May 22, 1996
  19. ^ World Micro Championship - Jakarta by Chris Whittington, rgcc, September 1, 1996
  20. ^ East Timor: Acceptable Slaughters by Joe Nunes
  21. ^ WMCCC Jakarta by Chris Whittington, rgcc, August 7, 1996, see post 22 by Peter Schreiner
  22. ^ WORLD MICROCOMPUTER CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 1996 by Tony Marsland, rgcc, September 12, 1996
  23. ^ Jakarta Jokes (not funny at all) by Don Fong, rgcc, September 15, 1996
  24. ^ WMCCC Jakarta information by Robert Hyatt, rgcc, October 8, 1996, see post 40 by Amir Ban, Junior will not be playing in the WMCCC
  25. ^ Don and Jakarta by Ed Schröder, rgcc, September 12, 1996, see post 5 by Walter Ravenek, September 17, 1996
  26. ^ The Board of the ICCA (1996). The Junior Chess Program and the 1996 World Microcomputer Chess Championship in Jakarta. ICCA Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4
  27. ^ ICCA Press Release: 14th WMCCC Jakarta by Bruce Moreland, rgcc, September 15, 1996
  28. ^ Aston Atrium Jakarta Hotel
  29. ^ Prof. Dr. Ing. Wardiman Djojonegoro
  30. ^ Academy news — Visit of Gunadarma University delegation
  31. ^ Aston Atrium Jakarta Hotel
  32. ^ WMCCC Jakarta information by Robert Hyatt, rgcc, October 8, 1996
  33. ^ Re: FIDE Ethics Commission ruling on ICGA/Rybka complaint by Robert Hyatt, CCC, May 04, 2015
  34. ^ Re: The Crafty variation of the Ruy Lopez by Robert Hyatt, CCC, August 12, 2000
  35. ^ WMCCC standings after round 10 by Hornets, rgcc, October 12, 1996, see post 16 by Marc-François Baudot, October 15, 1996
  36. ^ Tony Marsland (1996). Experience is a Hard Teacher. ICCA Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4
  37. ^ WMCCC / Jakarta information by Robert Hyatt, rgcc, October 10, 1996
  38. ^ Comments on ICCAJ v.19 n.4 by Steven Edwards, rgcc, January 12, 1997

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