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The Tenth World Computer Chess Championship took place from July 5 - 11, 2002, at Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands, in conjunction with the 7th Computer Olympiad.

The WCCC as well the Olympiad were held in the former residence of the Gouvernor of Limburg in the historic center of Maastricht, Bouillonstraat 1-3, which now belongs to the Maastricht University. Comments during the games as well as after round press conferences were given by the Dutch Journalist and International Master Hans Böhm [2] .The 10th WCCC was a tough duel between Junior and Shredder. Junior lost vs. Shredder in round four and had a great game against Donninger's Brutus in round six, while Shredder lost no game but had three draws. Both programs therefor had 7½ points after nine rounds - two 15 minutes blitz playoff games were agreed to decide the tournament. Shredder lost the first one with White [3] and missed the opportunity to transpose into a winning pawn endgame in playoff game two [4] . Junior finally was the lucky but deserved winner.

Final Standing

10th World Computer Chess Championship 2002, Maastricht NL [5]

# Program CC R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 P SOS SoDOS Playoff
1 Junior IL 8b½ 11w1 5b1 2w0 9w1 3b1 4w1 6b1 12w1 48 38¼ 2b1 2w½
2 Shredder DE 7w1 9b1 3w½ 1b1 4w½ 12b1 8w1 5b½ 10w1 47½ 38½ 1w0 1b½
3 Brutus AT 10b1 12w1 2b½ 4w½ 6b1 1w0 7b1 13w1 5b1 7 48 33¾
4 Quest NL 16w1 14b1 6w½ 3b½ 2b½ 5w½ 1b0 7w1 9b1 6 48 28¼
5 Diep NL 18w1 6b½ 1w0 7b½ 11w1 4b½ 9b1 2w½ 3w0 5 46½ 20½
6 Warp NZ 15w1 5w½ 4b½ 14b1 3w0 7b0 12w1 1w0 13b1 5 45½ 21
7 IsiChess DE 2b0 8w½ 13b1 5w½ 17b1 6w1 3w0 4b0 11w½ 45½ 18
8 Ikarus DE 1w½ 7b½ 15w1 9b½ 12w½ 13b½ 2b0 10w0 17b1 42 17¾
9 ParSOS DE 13w1 2w0 17b1 8w½ 1b0 11b1 5w0 18b1 4w0 41 12¾
10 Chinito EU 3w0 15b0 16w1 11b0 18w1 14b½ 17w1 8b1 2b0 36 11½
11 Goliath DE 12b0 1b0 18w1 10w1 5b0 9w0 16b1 17w1 7b½ 35 11¾
12 Sjeng BE 11w1 3b0 14w½ 15b1 8b½ 2w0 6b0 16w1 1b0 4 46½ 15¼
13 XiniX NL 9b0 16b½ 7w0 18b1 14w1 8w½ 15b1 3b0 6w0 4 36 11¼
14 Insomniac US 17b1 4w0 12b½ 6w0 13b0 10w½ 18b1 15w½ 16b½ 4 32
15 SpiderChess NL 6b0 10w1 8b0 12w0 16w½ 17b½ 13w0 14b½ 18w1 31 9
16 PostModernist GB 4b0 13w½ 10b0 17w½ 15b½ 18w1 11w0 12b0 14w½ 3 32½
17 NoonianChess US 14w0 18b1 9w0 16b½ 7w0 15w½ 10b0 11b0 8w0 2 33
18 Sharky US 5b0 17w0 11b0 13w0 10b0 16b0 14w0 9w0 15b0 0 35 0


10th World Computer Chess Championship 2002, Maastricht NL [6]

Program CC Authors and Operators Hardware
Brutus AT Chrilly Donninger, Alex Kure AMD Xilinx Virtix FPGA, 1GHz
Chinito EU Eugenio Castillo Jiménez, Pascal Tang Intel Pentium4 1.7 GHz
Diep NL Vincent Diepeveen, Arturo Ochoa Teras 60x 500 MHz
Goliath DE Michael Borgstädt, Erdogan Günes AMD Athlon XP 1500
Ikarus DE Muntsin Kolss, Munjong Kolss AMD Athlon 2000+
Insomniac US James Robertson, Josef Zwinger AMD Athlon XP 2100
IsiChess DE Gerd Isenberg AMD 2.1 GHz
Junior IL Amir Ban, Shay Bushinsky, Boris Alterman Intel 2xPentium_4 2.2 GHz
NoonianChess US Charles Roberson Intel P4 2 GHz
ParSOS DE Rudolf Huber Intel 2xPentium3 1 GHz
PostModernist GB Andrew Williams Intel P4 1.7 GHz
Quest NL Frans Morsch, Mathias Feist, Alex Kure AMD 2xAthlon 2000+
Sharky US John Kominek Intel P3 500 MHz
Shredder DE Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, Sandro Necchi AMD 2xAthlon 2100
Sjeng BE Gian-Carlo Pascutto AMD Athlon XP 1800
SpiderChess NL Martin Giepmans AMD Athlon XP 2000
Warp NZ Peter McKenzie Intel Pentium4 1.7 GHz
XiniX NL Tony Werten AMD Athlon 2000+



Tournament halll [7]


Ikarus - Sjeng, Muntsin Kolss, Gian-Carlo Pascutto and Elke Van Vlierberghe [8]


Boris Alterman, Alex Kure, Shay Bushinsky, Amir Ban, Tony Marsland and Jaap van den Herik [9]

Special Events

Alterman Simul

As a special event, Grandmaster and Junior's opening book author Boris Alterman had the courage to play a simultaneous exhibition against 11 of the computer participants - he won from Insomniac, drew from Brutus, Goliath, NoonianChess and Shredder, and lost against Diep, Ikarus, IsiChess, ParSOS, Sjeng and one other program [10] .

Nalimov Lecture

Eugene Nalimov, winner of the ChessBase Best-Publication Award and Guest of Honor at the 7th Computer Olympiad Workshop, gave a well attended lecture about his endgame tablebases [11] .

Tournament Director

See also


Chapter 3: 2002: Shredder Bows to Deep Junior at the 10th WCCC, page 47

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