Trade away anyway

  • Eugen
  • | Aug 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM
  • | Posted in: Eugen's Blog
  • | 2498 reads

Recently I have played a rather boring game against the computer. This game would not even worth mentioning if it wasn't my best win so far (not in terms of style or strategy but considering my opponent's rating). It was the highest rating adversary I managed to beat. Again the tactics of trading away pieces playing against a very strong opponent gave its result. Here I trade queens which I think was the crucial moment in the game. This is the very case in chess when excessive persistence gives the reward of eventual win: 


And here is the whole game. As I said it is very dull and boring. There were moments when I simply didn't know what moves to make and just made silly random moves. The time control was only 15 minutes! It is too little for a game against such a strong opponent! Sometimes the result is more important than the process itself. I won on time. However I am proud of this achievement. Please don't judge too strictly. I hope you can click fast enough on left mouse button.


  • 7 years ago


    boring game

  • 7 years ago


    that was a terriblw game, u were losing and u won on time? gg? most of your 130 moves were random and wasted

  • 7 years ago


    Never before have I seen the FIRST pawn exchange on move 81 !

  • 7 years ago


    Nakamura is the current U.S. chess champion.
  • 7 years ago


    Thank you for your comments!

    To chesslb: winning a computer on time happens very very seldom and only in very closed positions like this one.  It doesn't depend on your computer performance.

    To tiger_knife: g7-g5 is an interesting option. However I didn't want to open up the position because I thought I would have less chances then.

    To steevmartuns: great game by Nakamura. By the way, who is Nakamura: what is his title or rating?

  • 7 years ago


    dpakoh - on that note, the 50-move drawing rule has been a driving force behind a few interesting human wins over computers, most notably Nakamura vs. Rybka.

    In this game, Nakamura sacrifices two (!!!) exchanges to give the computer player a strong material lead, but he also locked up the position to prevent any useful progress from being made. On move 174, the strategy pays off: Rybka plays the suicidal c4?? Nakamura's idea was that Rybka would do anything in its power to avoid draw by the 50 move rule because of its material advantage, even if that meant an obvious blunder. We can see the outcome. :)

    (EDIT: in retrospect, 181. Kb2?? was also quite bad.)

  • 7 years ago


    Another key element of your win was the closed position.  In my experience, the limiting nature of such positions make for few tactical chances.  Naturally, a computer will out-tactic a human almost any day (due to deep vision), so narrowing the number of available moves helps to level the playing field.  In an open position, a computer can just rip you apart with unexpected moves and combinations.

  • 7 years ago


    Well done. It was interesting that the program didn't know what to do with its dark-square B, which ought to be a strong piece for it in the Winawer. It takes it until move 43 to get it on the right square (a3). If it had played a4 and Ba3 earlier, as Fischer used to do, this would have been better for it.

  • 7 years ago


    well i dont want to kill your joy with this is the only way beating a computer in a dead draw situation. see , computers dont want draw, they dont offer nor accept draws. that's why they have to prevent the 3 move repetition rule, and it takes time to calculate that. on the other hand human with a secure position just makes some repetitive moves and thus losing no time.(ofc human are happy with the draw against the computer)

  • 7 years ago


    You're right, that was extremely boring, but nevertheless congrats on the well-maneuvered win!

  • 7 years ago


    how can you win on time against computer ???

    it probably needs some new cpu and ram ;)

  • 7 years ago


    Very good. You're right, the game was very dull, but after you traded queens, your advantage kept growing and growing!

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