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Monday, November 29, 2010

Rybka wins 30th Dutch Chess Computer Open Tournament

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The playing hall is prepared for the tournament.

Hi Everybody,

Imagine if your opponents in a chess tournament were named Spike, Rookie 3.0, Scaramanga, Nightmare 7.0 and so on! Well if it were so then you wouldn't be reading this post. Simply because you would be a computer yourself and competing in the 30th Leiden Computer Chess Tournament in The Netherlands.

We found this very nice news report on the chess site with all details of this high-powered chess tournament.

The event also had no less than three supercomputers playing. There was Jonny, a German program running on a massive cluster of 800 Intel i7 cores. The programmer, Johannes Zwangzer, was running it remotely on his university’s hardware; the University of Beyreuth has 2000. Next is Deep Sjeng by Gian-Carlo Pascutto, residing in Belgium, whose engine ran on a cluster of 32 x 8 AMD Opterons (256 total) running at 2.4 GHz, and then there was the reigning champion, Rybka, running on a cluster owned privately by Lukas Cimiotti, containing 248 Intel i7 cores at 2.93 GHz, later increased to 260.

Of course, Mr. Rybka won. Go on read the full news. Here is the official website.

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