Erdogan Günes

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Erdo in action, Blitz WCCC 2015 [1]

Erdogan (Erdo) Günes,
a Turkish computer chess expert and opening book author residing in Germany. Erdo cooked opening books for various programs, notably at the WCCC 2010 in Kanazawa even as team member of two participating programs, Rondo by Zach Wegner and Anthony Cozzie as well as Fridolin by Christian Sommerfeld. Further programs supported and operated by Erdogan were Deep Sjeng by Gian-Carlo Pascutto [2], HIARCS by Mark Uniacke, Goliath by Michael Borgstädt, Hydra by Chrilly Donninger, Zappa by Anthony Cozzie, Falcon by Eli David [3], and Komodo by Don Dailey, Mark Lefler, and Larry Kaufman. His tremendous gambling and operating skills, specially in Blitz, was a warrant for top places, titles and Blitz titles [4] at World [5] and World Microcomputer Chess Championships. Most recently, Erdo operated Komodo during the WCCC 2016, WCCC 2017, WCCC 2018 and WCCC 2019 winning four times the Shannon Trophy, not to mention WCCC Blitz titles and winning three times the World Chess Software Championship WCSC 2016, WCSC 2018 and WCSC 2019 with Komodo.

Döner Gambit

Erdogan is famous for his formidable opening ideas and preparation. Well known is the Döner Gambit, a Blackmar-Diemer like opening, extensively analyzed by Günes, which usually occurs as following: 1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f3 with later e4 to encourage black to capture e4 and f3. Christopher Lutz proved Döner Gambit quite harmless, if black exchanges queens and give back material [6] [7].


IPCCC 2004


Hydra team 2004: Ulf Lorenz, Erdogan Günes and Chrilly Donninger, IPCCC 2004 [8]

WCCC 2017

WCCC2017 Erdo ShannonTrophy.JPG

WCCC 2017, Erdo with Shannon Trophy representing Komodo [9]

Selected Publications

External Links

Ein Waldkraiburger in Stockholm - Erdogan Günes holt das Triple bei der Computerschach-WM, YouTube Video


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