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The First Berliner Emanuel-Lasker Computerchess-Tournament (BELCT) took place at the Free University of Berlin, Berlin, from September 29 until October 3, 2001. The Tournament was the idea of the "Berlin Computer Chess Friends", Ingo Bauer, Peter Berger, Thorsten Czub, Stefan Knappe, Heiner Marxen and Volker Pittlik, and was devoted to Emanuel Lasker, supported by the Emanuel Lasker Society [2]. The hardware was kindly provided by AMD Germany. As a kind of opening ceremony, professor Raúl Rojas from the Free University and host of the tournament, hold an exclusive lecture for all participants about Konrad Zuse's Plankalkül, including some chess routines written in it. The First BELCT was played with ten participants, seven round swiss, time-control 90 minutes per side and game.

Final Standing


# Program CC 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total SOS SoDOS
1 Gambit Tiger FR 6w1 4b1 2w1 4b0 5w½ 7w1 8b½ 5 28 20
2 Rebel NL 3b½ 10w1 1b0 7w1 4b1 6w½ 9b1 5 23 13¾
3 Yace DE 2w½ 7b½ 5b½ 1w1 8b1 9w1 4b0 26 15¼
4 Zarkov US 8b1 1w0 7b½ 9w1 2w0 10b1 3w1 22 10½
5 Patzer DE 7w½ 9b½ 4w½ 5b½ 1b½ 8w1 10w1 21 12
6 Bringer DE 1b0 8w½ 10b1 5w½ 9b1 2b½ 7w½ 4 22
7 Quark DE 5b½ 3w½ 4w½ 2b0 10w1 1b0 6b½ 3 28
8 IsiChess [4] DE 4w0 6b½ 9w½ 10b1 3w0 5b0 1w½ 24½
9 Neurologic DE 10b½ 5w½ 8b½ 4b0 6w0 3b0 2w0 25½
10 Lokalmatador [5] DE 9w½ 2b0 6w0 8w0 7b0 4w0 5b0 ½ 25 ¾


Engine Author Origin Operator AMD Hardware
Bringer Gerrit Reubold Germany Peter Berger Athlon 1333 256 MB
Gambit Tiger Christophe Théron Guadeloupe Heiner Marxen Athlon 1400 256 MB
IsiChess Gerd Isenberg Germany Athlon 1400 512 MB
Lokalmatador Stefan Knappe Germany Athlon 1400 256 MB
Neurologic Jochen Peussner Germany Athlon 1333 256 MB
Patzer Roland Pfister Germany Athlon 1400 256 MB
Quark Thomas Mayer Germany Athlon 1400 256 MB
Rebel Ed Schröder The Netherlands Thorsten Czub Athlon 1200 384 MB
Yace Dieter Bürßner Germany Ingo Bauer 2xAthlon 1200 512MB
Zarkov John Stanback United States Thorsten Czub Athlon 1400 256 MB





Gerd Isenberg, Thomas Mayer, Heiner Marxen, Jochen Peussner, Roland Pfister, Thorsten Czub,
Stefan Knappe, Ingo Bauer and Peter Berger



Mayer, Marx & Engels, Marx-Engels Forum, in the background the Palace of the Republic [7]

Dem Deutschen Volke


Gerd, Roland, Peter, Heiner, Thorsten and Ingo in diffuse national pride in front of the Reichstag building [8]

Over the board


Heiner & Roland near to the draw between Patzer & Tiger


Gerd & Jochen just before the match IsiChess - Neurologic

Tournament Organizers

Tournament Host

Forum Posts

External Links


  1. German Federal Archive, Emanuel Lasker from Wikipedia
  2. Emanuel Lasker Society
  3. 1st Berlin Emanuel-LaskerComputer Chess Tournament by Volker Richey
  4. IsiChess for Windows, with an in check move generation bug, which showed up in the Patzer game - the author was not yet aware of Perft
  5. Lokalmatador – Wiktionary
  6. Photos from BELCT 2001 Berlin is worth a trip! by Thomas Mayer
  7. nickname 'Erichs Lampenladen' (Erich's lamp store), referring to Erich Honecker and the foyer lighting with numerous light balls, demolished in 2007, planned to rebuilt the Prussian-era Stadtschloss, Berlin
  8. The dedication Dem deutschen Volke, meaning To the German people or For the German people

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