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Decisive games dominate an exciting start of TCEC

The new TCEC Season 7 graphic by Santiago Méndez

The new TCEC Season 7 graphic by Santiago Méndez

Multiple decisive games, spectacular sacrifices, close saves, deep tactics, and instructive play were all part of an exciting first round of the top computer chess championship TCEC.

Twelve exciting games has just finished and ten of them were decisive. You can see the results below.

Chiron 2 and Stockfish, modification 160914, are the only engines so far with perfect 2/2 score.

Chiron 2 outplayed Alfil 14.1 with Black pieces in French Defence and Protector 1.7 with White pieces in Giuoco Pianissimo, while Stockfish 160914 defeated Octochess 5374 and Alfil 14.1 in Catalan Opening and Capablanca Variation of the QGD: Cambridge Springs, respectively.

Follow the TCEC – Season 7 games LIVE at the official website and join the chat for a chance to speak to the engine creators themselves – look for the VIP or Engine status in the chat.

More: Read the exclusive interview with TCEC organizer and director Martin Thoresen and do not miss Komodo – Stockfish (TCEC Season 6 – Stage 3), annotated by GM Davorin Kuljasevic.

Results TCEC Stage 1a:

1 Cheng4 0.36c+ 1:0 Arasan Sicilian: Kan, 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.O-O d6
2 Hannibal 1.5×5 1:0 Toga II 010214 Reti: KIA
3 Spike 1.4 1:0 Tornado 5 QGD: Orthodox, Rubinstein, 7.Qc2 c5 8.Rd1
4 Octochess 5374 0:1 Stockfish 160914 Catalan: Closed, 6…Nbd7 7.Nbd2
5 Alfil 14.1 0:1 Chiron 2 French: Burn, 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.Nf3 b6
6 Protector 1.7 1/2 – 1/2 Critter 1.6a Blumenfeld: 5.Bg5 Qa5+
7 Gaviota 1 0:1 Gull 3 Neo-King’s Indian: Torre Attack
8 Arasan 17.3 1/2 – 1/2 Gull 3 Queen’s Indian: Nimzowitsch, 5.b3 Bb7, 7…a5
9 Critter 1.6a 1:0 Gaviota 1 King’s Indian: Fianchetto, 6…Nc6 7.O-O Rb8
10 Chiron 2 1:0 Protector 1.7 Giuoco Pianissimo: 5.d3 d6
11 Stockfish 160914 1:0 Alfil 14.1 QGD: Cambridge Springs, Capablanca Variation
12 Tornado 5 1:0 Octochess 5374 Semi-Slav: Botvinnik, 5…Be7 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Bd3

13 Toga II 010214 * * Spike 1.4 in progress

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