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Aubervilliers 1982, Elite and Mephisto 2 [1]

The Aubervilliers Rapid Open,
a chess open tournament held yearly from 1974 to 2003 in Aubervilliers, France, with around 600 humans. During years 1981 to 1999 numerous chess computers or chess programs competing, humans couldn't refuse to be paired against machines. Time control was 30 min per game. Stronger players enter later in the tournament with full score for unplayed rounds.




February, 1982:

[Event "Rapid Open 1982"]
[Site "Aubervilliers"]
[Date "1982.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Chess Challenger Elite"]
[Black "Mazens"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.O-O c6 6.Be2 Be7 7.d3 Nf6 8.Bf4 d6
9.Nd2 h5 10.Nf3 h4 11.Nxd4 h3 12.g3 c5 13.Nb5 a6 14.Nc3 Bd7 15.Bf3 b5 16.e5
dxe5 17.Bxe5 Ra7 18.Re1 Be6 19.a4 b4 20.Ne4 Rd7 21.Nxf6+ gxf6 22.Bf4 c4 23.Bc6
Kf8 24.Bxd7 Qa8 25.Re4 Bxd7 26.Qd2 f5 27.Bh6+ Ke8 28.Rxe7+ Kxe7 29.Qxb4+ Kf6
30.Qd6+ Be6 31.Qd4+ Ke7 32.Bg5+ f6 33.Qxf6+ Kd6 34.Bf4+ Kc5 35.Qe7+ Kd4 36.Qd6+
Bd5 37.Be5# 1-0


11th edition, 532 players [3]



700+ players


[5] 900 players

  • Excel Mach III : 61st (9/11), perf : 2065
  • Novag Super Expert 6 : 35th, perf : 2275. Beat GMF Madl(2270), MF Crepan(2320), Dussol(2250), S. Vincent (2305), lost against Miralles (2400), Bernard(2265), Z. Polgar (2295)
  • Excel Mach III turbo 68020 (prototype) : 33th (9.5/11), perf : 2261. Beat IM C. Flear Leroy (2170) and IM K. Pytel(2395).
  • Mephisto Almeria 32 Bit : 18th (10/12), perf : 2303.



More than 1000 players !




[Event "Rapid Open 1994"]
[Site "Aubervilliers"]
[Date "1994.01.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Anatoly Vaisser"]
[Black "Chess Genius 2"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7
9.a4 O-O 10.Nf3 Re8 11.O-O Bxc3 12.bxc3 Rxe4 13.Ng5 Re7 14.f5 Ne5 15.f6 Rc7
16.Qe1 b6 17.Nxh7 Kxh7 18.Qh4+ Kg8 19.Bh6 Bg4 20.Bg7 Bh5 21.Qg5 Ng4 22.h3
Nxf6 23.Rxf6 Kxg7 24.Rxg6+ 1-0
Game and short analyze on
[Event "Rapid Open 1994"]
[Site "Aubervilliers"]
[Date "1994.01.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Radulov IGM"]
[Black "Chess Genius 2"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.O-O Bg4 5.d3 Nbd7 6.c4 dxc4 7.dxc4 e5 8.Nc3 Bc5
9.Ng5 O-O 10.Qc2 h6 11.Nge4 Bf5 12.Rd1 Qe7 13.Bd2 Rad8 14.Be1 Nb6 15.b3 Kh8
16.Rxd8 Rxd8 17.Rd1 Rd4 18.e3 Rd7 19.Rxd7 Nbxd7 20.Qd1 Ba3 21.h3 a6 22.g4 Bg6
23.Qd2 Bb4 24.Qc1 h5 25.Bf3 hxg4 26.hxg4 Nc5 27.Nxc5 Bxc5 28.e4 Nh7 29.Bd2
Qh4 30.Be3 Ng5 31.Bg2 Bxe3 32.Qxe3 Qxg4 33.Kf1 Ne6 34.Bh3 Qg5 35.Qxg5 Nxg5
36.Bc8 b5 37.Bxa6 b4 38.Na4 Nxe4 39.Bb7 Nc3 {?? Zeitnot} 40.Bxc6 Nxa2 41.Bd5
Kg8 42.c5 Kf8 43.Ke2 Ke7 44.Ke3 f6 45.Nb6 Nc3 46.f3 Bf5 47.Bc4 g5 48.Na4 e4
49.Nxc3 bxc3 50.fxe4 Bxe4 51.b4 f5 52.Bb3 c2 53.Kd2 g4 54.b5 g3 55.Bxc2 g2
Game and short analyze on




24th edition, 800+ players, 12 rounds [17] [18] :

[Event "Rapid Open 1999"]
[Site "Aubervilliers"]
[Date "1999.01.31"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Andrei Shchekachev"]
[Black "ZChess 1.2"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2608"]
[BlackElo "?"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7 6.h3 Qb6 7.Nc3 Qb4 8.O-O Bxc3
9.a3 Qa5 10.bxc3 Qxc3 11.Rb1 Qa5 12.Bb2 f6 13.e5 f5 14.e6 Nf6 15.Qc1 b6 16.Re1
O-O 17.Qh6 c4 18.dxc4 Bxe6 19.Rxe6 Rf7 20.Ng5 Rd8 1-0

[Event "Rapid Open 1999"]
[Site "Aubervilliers"]
[Date "1999.01.31"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Chess Wizard"]
[Black "GMI Hamdouchi"]
[BlackElo "2555"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.c3 f6 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.Bb5 Bd6
9.O-O O-O 10.Re1 e5 11.Qb3 Qf7 12.Re2 h6 13.Nc4 e4 14.Nxd6 cxd6 15.Ne1 a6
16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Qa4 a5 18.Qxc6 Ba6 19.Rc2 Bd3 20.Rd2 Rae8 21.h3 e3 22.Nxd3
exd2 23.Bxd2 Qf5 24.Be3 Nf6 25.Rd1 Ne4 26.a4 g5 27.Qc7 h5 28.Qxa5 g4 29.hxg4
hxg4 30.Bf4 Re7 31.Rc1 Nxf2 32.Kxf2 Qxd3 33.Qxd5+ Rff7 34.Kg1 g3 35.Rf1 Kh7
36.Qxd6 Qf5 37.Qh6+ Kg8 38.Qh4 Re4 39.Qxg3+ Kh7 40.Qh4+ Kg8 41.g3 Re2 42.b4
Rh7 43.Bh6 1-0


  • Jean-Christophe Weill (1995). Programmes d'Échecs de Championnat: Architecture Logicielle Synthèse de Fonctions d'Évaluations, Parallélisme de Recherche. Ph.D. Thesis. Université Paris 8, Saint-Denis, zipped ps (French), 6.3. Évolution de la force de nos programmes, pp. 168

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  1. Elite in foreground, Mephisto 2 in background, Elite au premier plan et Méphisto 2 au second, avec son plateau auto-répondeur, photo Mathilde Maraninchi, J&S 14 from Le site des anciennes revues informatiques - (French)
  2. J&S 8 from Blitzchess Nostalgie by Eric Belot (French)
  3. J&S 32 from Blitzchess Nostalgie by Eric Belot (French)
  4. J&S 44 p10 from Le site des anciennes revues informatiques - (French)
  5. J&S 56 p23 by Pierre Nolot, Le site des anciennes revues informatiques - (French)
  6. J&S NF 5 p 56-57 from Le site des anciennes revues informatiques - (French)
  7. LPE 2 from Blitzchess Nostalgie by Eric Belot (French)
  8. LPE 3 from Blitzchess Nostalgie by Eric Belot (French)
  9. Débranche! by Eric Birmingham, L'Humanité , March 11, 1994 (French)
  10. France -
  11. became position CMB.11 in Frédéric Louguet's LCT II test:
    rnbq2k1/p1r2p1p/1p1p1Pp1/1BpPn1N1/P7/2P5/6PP/R1B1QRK1 w - - bm Nxh7; id "LCTII.CMB.11"; c0 "Vaisser - Genius 2, Aubervilliers, 1994";
  12. Test position: Vaisser - Genius 2 by Marc MP, CCC, March 14, 2010
  13. LCTII.CMB.11 -> Nxf7!! by Vincent Lejeune, CCC, June 10, 2012
  14. Computer Chess Reports Vol 5 No 2 Page 35 :
  15. Meet the Authors by Ed Schröder
  16. A Short Story of JCW's Computer Chess Program by Jean-Christophe Weill
  17. Aubervilliers 1999 by Đorđe Vidanović, CCC, February 03, 1999
  18. ZChess at the 1999 Aubervilliers Tournament

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