Kramnik - Fritz
EVERYBODY TO FIGHTING AGAINST FRITZ!
ChessPro Editorial staff applied a number of chess masters with the
proposal to reveal what they think about the forthcoming Kramnik-Deep Fritz
match in Bonn. Here are some of the answers.
Yuri Razuvaev, Russia
I think Vladimir has chances if he is in good condition. The previous match
has proved this. But he probably will lack forces. He has energetic and not
Computer to the positional point of view was conceived only as a pattern.
Strategically it can not play refined due to the incorporated program. Not
because it is "dull" but because it is limited in it's base.
Kramnik easily operates with positional exceptions. By the way it's a rare
gift. Petrosian possessed it. If you remember in the previous match Kramnik
went for an endgame with two pairs of double pawns. The matter is that for
the machine double pawns in endgame is already a disadvantage. If the rival
has two pairs of double pawns then computer estimates its edge more than an
extra pawn. Actually the position was equal. Computer can not understand it.
It sharply began to play for a win and quickly lost the game.
Ilia Smirin, Israel
Kramnik has chances to win the match. I won the match against computer in
I played against four various programs: Shredder, Hiarcs, Junior, and sorry,
have forgotten the name of the fourth. These were rapid games fifty minutes
per game. Double rounds, one game per day. I won 5:3. The programs that time
were weaker than now but even that time in majority they won. I played
closed schemes with the white pieces and as Black - the King's Indian, and
1...e5 to 1.e4. I drew six games and won two games. One of them was very
interesting. My situation was hopeless but I twice gave it a chance to win a
piece. Once it restrained. The second time when I "blundered" a rook, the
computer took it. I developed an irresistible attack and won. Kramnik can
also use this inborn machine "greed".
Anatoly Vaisser, France
I estimate Kramnik's chances higher. Due to the fact that unlike Adams,
Vladimir is exclusively "anti-computer" chess-player.
Besides, as far as I am concerned, there works a team and it's possible to
try the forces and find weaknesses.
Konstantin Sakaev, Russia
Kramnik has chances to win the match. Firstly, unlike Adams who did not know
his rival in the match with "Hydra", Kramnik was given the program in
advance. Then, according to his manager's words there was a special serious
preparation to this match and analytical team was searching for computer
weak points - not only in opening preparation but also in usual play. They
will definitely discover these weaknesses. Besides there is no certainty
that the newest version of Fritz will be more powerful than the previous
one. The conclusion is that to my mind Fritz is the favourite but I won't be
surprised if Kramnik wins.
Teimour Radjabov, Azerbaijan
It is clear that the computer is a bit stronger. Especially because it will
play at the powerful multiprocessor version. But I assume that it will be a
drawn match. I also regard that Kramnik will select a certain opening
repertoire corresponding to the machine. And, accordingly, will not let it
play in a certain type of positions. Taking into account that from time to
time he defends by the first computer line - within 25-30 moves, having
chosen a certain position after the twentieth-twenty fifth move, Kramnik
simply will be able to have equal chances. In certain moments he will close
the position and the computer will not have chances to win.
Taking into account that he has already had computer playing experience he
will not face difficulty to find such type of positions.
Vishy Anand, India
Usually such matches are drawn. It would be interesting to see something new.
Peter Leko, Hungary
If Kramnik seriously prepares (I am sure it will definitely happen) then
despite the total complexity of the task I assume he has chances to win this
match. In the end Vladimir has nothing to lose. Anyway everybody knows that
computers are very powerful. Of course, people's comprehension is much more
refined but for the machine it is an incredible advantage that it never gets
This factor combined with the quick and exact calculation gives it
Sergey Karjakin, Ukraine
Kramnik has had time to prepare, I suppose, he will be able to organise at
least persistent resistance. The chances to win the match are very little
but there is a good possibility to draw the match.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Azerbaijan
Kramnik has already played a similar match ending it in a draw but being
objective computer has more chances to win the match.
Ruslan Ponomarev, Ukraine
I suppose, it is more like a show and it is likely that there will be a
drawn match. I don't think that the Fritz creators set the task to beat
Kramnik with greater score.
They certainly wish to keep an intrigue. I played with Fritz twice in
Bilbao. I drew one game, the other one I won. But these were "Fritz-8" and
"Fritz-9". The toughest program was "Hydra". It differs from all these
"Fritzes" and "Juniors". They used powerful systems from the 32-nd
processors there. But it did not absolutely look like sports. It was
impossible to check: the machine was located far away in Dubai, and the
moves were transmitted via the Internet.
Alexander Grischuk, Russia
I regard it will be a drawn match or computer will win. There have been many
drawn matches of this kind but
the computer has more chances.
Levon Aronian, Armenia
A man has chances fighting against computer only in case he uses his own
Anatoly Karpov, Russia
Kramnik has chances. But I don't understand why Vladimir being a serious man
agrees to play on unequal condition. Computer should be deprived of the
opportunity to use not only opening base but also endgame base too.
All mankind knowledge is installed in computer and Kramnik will struggle
against not only computer but against all mankind knowledge.
These are unequal conditions. It should be excluded, or he must have the
access to the same database. I don't understand why Kasparov also agreed
with it. The man does not have the right to use the data and the computer
has because the data is inside it.
It would be ideal to withdraw this base from the computer.
But none computer specialist would agree to do it. It means a man should be
provided with the opportunity to use the same base which already exists in
computer. And even the man is not provided with the base, time opportunities
should be made equal. Because the program in process defines the necessary
information in seconds and a man needs minutes for it. These questions for
me all are clear. The third question. We will play on equal basis or almost
on equal if the computer has an hour and a half and a man two hours fifteen
minutes. Of course, this is doubted. Speaking further, one more serious
moment will emerge. The programs have prime installation not to lose on
time. Regarding time trouble, the program can not lose. And the man can.
I don't know how to make the situation equal.
Boris Gelfand, Israel
I have great relationship with Kramnik and I support him. And I absolutely
do not care about the competition "man-computer".
Peter Svidler, Russia
Kramnik has chances but what will happen I am not sure.
Artyom Timofeev, Russia
The computer will win. Because computers play stronger than men.
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