Chess Grandmasters couldn’t do much against computers in two exhibitions organized this month in Italy. In four games, machines scored three wins and only one match ended in a draw, thanks to the efforts of WGM Elena Sedina who held “Equinox”. That game was played in Genova during the “Festival della Scienza”, the most important scientific manifestation in Italy. On the same occasion, Equinox, software written by Giancarlo Delli Colli from Roma, won against GM Igor Efimov of Monaco.
Time control was one hour per player and computer and about 100 people followed the games in vivo, in addition to the good coverage by the newspaper and RadioRai.Genova is a possible candidate to organize the 2010 computer chess world championship.
The “computer week” ended on November 6-8th in Carugate, a nice village near Milano very well known by its giant markets.
The second match Human versus Machine was part of a three days long festival, named “Giocando con i Re” (eng. “Playing with the Kings”). The festival’s second edition was organized thanks to the town-councilors (assessors) Paolo Molteni and Michele Bocale and the lord mayor Umberto Gravina.
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