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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Second Victory against Kramnik in the Last Match - Deep Fritz

In the sixth and final game of World Chess Challenge, chess computer Deep Fritz(Germany - white) held onto its lead against Vladimir Kramnik (Russia - black), and even notched up a second win against the World Champion. That means the world's leading chess computer is the ultimate winner of the Man vs. Machine duel. Four draws and two wins for Deep Fritz - that's the legacy of World Chess Challenge, which excited fans all over the world have been following closely since November 25.

After more than four-and-a-half hours and 47 moves, Vladimir Kramnik accepted the defeat against his opponent - an opponent whose computational abilities are almost unfathomable: Deep Fritz calculated eight to ten million positions a second during World Chess Challenge. The audience at the Federal Art Hall in Bonn responded to today's epic battle between human and artificial intelligence with applause. The World Chess Challenge Cup was then handed over to the Deep Fritz team in a presentation ceremony.

Deep Fritz opened with 1.e4, while Kramnik opted for the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defense. A risky move - but one that held out the promise of a win. The players then engaged in a sophisticated open middle game with opportunities for development on either side. A sudden attack by Deep Fritz gave the machine an advantage in material; Kramnik began playing with one pawn less in the 30th move. During the end game, Kramnik had no way to save himself from defeat.

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Result:
Match 6, Dec. 05, 2006: Deep Fritz (Germany) - Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) 1 - 0
Final score: Kramnik - Deep Fritz 2.0:4.0 points
Notation, 6th match; Deep Fritz - Kramnik:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Bb3 Qc7 9. Re1 Nc6 10. Re3 O-O 11. Rg3 Kh8 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Qe2 a5 14. Bg5 Ba6 15. Qf3 Rab8 16. Re1 c5 17. Bf4 Qb7 18. Bc1 Ng8 19. Nb1 Bf6 20. c3 g6 21. Na3 Qc6 22. Rh3 Bg7 23. Qg3 a4 24. Bc2 Rb6 25. e5 dxe5 26. Rxe5 Nf6 (26... Bxe5 $2 27. Qxe5+ f6 28. Rxh7+ Kxh7 29. Qh5+ Kg7 30. Qxg6+ Kh8 31. Qh7#) 27. Qh4 Qb7 28. Re1 h5 29. Rf3 Nh7
30. Qxa4 Qc6 31. Qxc6 Rxc6 32. Ba4 Rb6 33. b3 Kg8 34. c4 Rd8 35. Nb5 Bb7 36. Rfe3 Bh6 37. Re5 Bxc1 38. Rxc1 Rc6 39. Nc3 Rc7 40. Bb5 Nf8 41. Na4 Rdc8 42. Rd1 Kg7 43. Rd6 f6 44. Re2 e5 45. Red2 g5 46. Nb6 Rb8 47. a4 1-0

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