Hello Again. (I'm worried).
I left you last time saying I'm off to read the new CHESS.
Well I've read most of it and there it was on page 45.
Most people would have missed it. But to me it stood out
like a lone white QP surrounded by a black army.
At the end of the report on San Luis (Argentina) there is
a paragraph where the author, Jacob Aagard, thanks various
sources for the content of the article.
GM's Baburin, Goluben and Shipov.
... it finishes thus...
"Those places where variations are identical to those of these authors,
but not credited to them, belong to Fritz 8 or similar engines which
prompted both (sic) those journalists as well as the author of this article."
I read it again.
He is actually crediting Fritz 8 with writing part of the article.
Fritz is actually getting a mention as a main contributor!
Fritz is actually getting copyright on it's analysis!
(We have got to get this guy a girlfriend.)
Well before I continue I must thank WORD 5 for typing this.
I'm not doing it - it's doing it all by itself.
Also Web Wizard for turning it into HTML code.
Then I must thank Picture Pro for the cartoons which just appeared.
Special mention to my plastic keyboard which is guiding my fingers
to hit these keys. It's doing this now. I'm not doing it.
my keyboard is doing it. tap tap tap. look it's typed tap tap tap.
I do not do Chandler Cornered. It does it. (it being... well it)
I simply turn on the computer and 10 minutes later it posts an
article on the net.
Fritz Lives! Long Live Fritz.
My card was swallowed today by a cashline machine.
I bet Fritz did it. It knows I don't like it. so it
branched out and sneaked into the banking system to nobble me.
It has also taken over the television stations and is
feeding us mind numbing 'make over programmes ','cookery programmes',
'soaps' and worse of all 'reality TV.'
We are being sucked into a world of false reality.
A computer playing chess program is now dictating to our GM's
what is and what is not worthy to appear in print.
And if I use some of Fritz's analysis then I'm liable
to get sued for plagiarism.
Fritz is now our eyes, our teacher, our mind.
What have I got against Fritz?
Players are depending on it and it's not that good.
[Click here to replay the game]
E.Nemeth vs. Fritz 6
1. e4 c5 2. e5 Nc6 3. f4 g5 4. Bc4 gxf4 5. d4 cxd4 6. c3 dxc3 7. Bxf7+ Kxf7
8. Qh5+ Ke6 9. Qh3+ Kxe5 10. Bxf4+ Kxf4 11. Qh5 Qa5 12. Ne2+ Ke4 13. Nbxc3
That was a 10 minute game - even on 'better' levels it will
still try the 3...g5 idea. Would a human allow Bxf7+. No.
It looks only for ugly perfection.
It has no idea of beauty or craftiness.
It spews out unimaginative 'correct' sub-human variations.
I'm writing an article for Scottish Chess about the game
Duncan Walker - Crawford MacNab Grangemouth 2005.
I'm analysing this position.
I looked at 37...Nh4+ 38.gxh4 Qh3+ 39.Kg1 Qxf3
which, when I looked at it, I thought was winning.
It certainly looks good.
Can mate on h1 be stopped?
Look at it before you see the continuation.
Black to play and defend.
It took a while. But I found this lovely variation
whilst trying to scrap a perpetual.
40.Qd8+!! Kh7 41.Rxh6+ Kxh6 42.Qf6+ Qxf6 43.hxg5+ Qxg5+
44.Bxg5+ Kxg5 45.Rxf2 and white wins.
"Oh yeah but Fritz would have found that."
I hear the worshippers squeal.
I checked and it does. Very quickly.
The problem is, I set Fritz to look at 12 different
moves from the first diagram. It does not even consider
37...Nh4+ - why should it? It's unsound.
But the refutation is so beautiful, Fritz
would not even let on the line exists.
So I'm condemning Fritz because it will not show
an unsound variation? YES!
If the above line does not bring even a small smile
of enjoyment then forget it. You have been Fritzed.
You have become one the Stepford Chess Players.
It's OK using Fritz to show us correct variations
but it is not showing us ideas, creative attempts,
human moves. It is blindfolding us.
And what is so depressing is that everyone appears to be depending on it.
PLayers are losing a game. Rushing home and putting the game into
Fritz to see where they went wrong and how they can claim a moral victory.
Fritz has become their crutch, their valium, their friend....(scary).
Chess is a beautiful game, the beauty of which is
completely lost when a computer is involved.
Never complain about anything unless you can suggest an improvement.
Instead of fobbing off the Chess buying public with
a movie of 'The Turk'....WOW!! which is the main
difference between Fritz 8 and Fritz 9.
Fritz 10 should have a 'blunder' window. (which can be switched off).
In here the computer will show the top three moves which alter the
current evaluation in reverse.
If on the main program it shows white is ahead 1.90
then in the 'blunder' window it will show three moves which
will instantly give black a plus of 1.90.
Of course some of the moves will be ridiculous but
every now and then a cute variation will pop up.
Often in +1 positions, moves the human will be
thinking about will appear in the 'blunder' window.
It will bring some light relief to a program that
takes itself far too seriously. Chess is fun.
I was enjoying the article in CHESS but now I view
it as nothing more than a 23 page advert for Fritz.
There is far too much analysis. Who plays out all these
variations and what is human thought and what is Fritz?
There are names attached to some lines.
But did the human see the line, work out the variation
looking for human moves or did they simply put it into
Fritz and copy the analysis.
Analysis which will miss pretty wins. side-step comical
variations and hide instructive points. Totally useless.
I can also suggest another improvement.
Fritz 10 should also have a user friendly DTP mode.
Click on the DTP button and it goes full screen
The moves in a line. A space above and below
the analyse. a space above and below BITMAP
diagrams. None of these font type diagrams.(yuk!)
Exactly how it would appear in a chess magazine.
So this muddled up junk....
Runau - Schmidt
The Lord of the Rings Game
1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 0-0-0 Frodo is being attacked by Queen, Rook and Knight... Is this the end? 6.c4 Qh5 7.d5 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Qe5+ 9.Be3 Qxb2 10.0-0 Qxa1 Diagram
2kr1bnr/ppp1pppp/2n5/3P4/2P5/4BB2/P4PPP/qN1Q1RK1 w - - 0 11
Frodo would dearly love to slay the Knight but he is pined against the Queen. 11.dxc6 Rxd1 12.cxb7+ Kb8 13.Rxd1 c6 14.Bxc6 Kc7 15.Rd7+ Kxc6 16.b8N# Diagram
1N3bnr/p2Rpppp/2k5/8/2P5/4B3/P4PPP/qN4K1 b - - 0 16
And Frodo turns magically into a Knight - it's Checkmate. 1-0
...which you have to sort out in WORD is automatically turned into...
Runau - Schmidt
The Lord of the Rings Game
1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 0-0-0
Frodo is being attacked by Queen, Rook and Knight... Is this the end?
6.c4 Qh5 7.d5 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Qe5+ 9.Be3 Qxb2 10.0-0 Qxa1
Frodo would dearly love to slay the Knight but he is pined against the Queen.
11.dxc6 Rxd1 12.cxb7+ Kb8 13.Rxd1 c6 14.Bxc6 Kc7 15.Rd7+ Kxc6 16.b8N mate.
And Frodo turns magically into a Knight - it's Checkmate
...and you get to see exactly what it will look like.
'wysiwyg' = What you see is what you get.
I'm going email the Fritz bods this article.
(If they exist, I think Fritz may have bumped them off)