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  1. 19 Jun '13 03:33
    Yes I have beaten the £10 Excalibur computer!! the line is quite interesting so I thought I'd post it.

    I'm black - computer has 15 sec per move.



    Nice counter I thought...

    Now computer has 1 min per move



    From there blacks won basically, the g and f pawns will win...

    Got any Latvian games of your own? its an interesting line I think...
  2. 19 Jun '13 09:31
    there was no cheating in the first game either 🙂 a tiny bit in the second... I think the Excalibur plays quite well, I don't often see computers play loosing attacks but its a nice playing style.

    I''ve got 2 games in this opening running on here now.
  3. 20 Jun '13 20:54 / 3 edits
    If I do say so my self 😏 these 2 games are rather good

    if you are graded less then 1500 they are good tactics lessons, why I posted them, realise they might be chess 101 for some of the stronger players here.
  4. 26 Jun '13 08:53 / 3 edits
    you were supposed to say yes e4chris, those are very interesting games, here is one of mine. 🙂

    I am trying this line out against the much stronger Saitek and it is a real headache it plays very similar to the second game, playing d4 to protect the knight but after I play d6 it attacks with the queen on h5, it might have a glitch here too. but it won the first game easily...
  5. 27 Jun '13 07:58
    yes e4chris, those are very interesting games, here is one of mine.
  6. 27 Jun '13 18:47
    Originally posted by Trev33
    yes e4chris, those are very interesting games, here is one of mine.
    I bet you lot are to mean to share your tricks!
  7. 27 Jun '13 18:50
    its an interesting line and I can't remember the last time I saw anyone play it, I've never seen it in a chess club...
  8. 27 Jun '13 22:32 / 1 edit
    Computer 1



    Last move is forced - Saitek at 2 min per move... any tips welcome... 11 ng4? at the rook sac it only put me down -0.4 so maybe I lost after that...

    edit the more I play it the more rubbish it gets! 🙁
  9. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    28 Jun '13 14:10 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by e4chris
    Computer 1

    [pgn]1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qe7 4.d4 d6 5.Qh5+ g6 6.Nxg6 Qxe4+ 7.Be2 Nf6 8.Qh3 hxg6 9.Qxh8 Qxg2 10.Rf1 Ng4 11.Bg5 Nd7 12.Qg8 Nde5[/pgn]

    Last move is forced - Saitek at 2 min per move... any tips welcome... 11 ng4? at the rook sac it only put me down -0.4 so maybe I lost after that...

    edit the more I play it the more rubbish it gets! 🙁
    I think I would have tried 8...Rg8. Also instead of 10...Ng4 maybe developing the queenside pieces with a hope of castling may have worked out better. 10...Kf7 might be considered too.

    The Instructor
  10. 28 Jun '13 21:53
    Originally posted by e4chris
    I bet you lot are to mean to share your tricks!
    I don't have any tricks :'(
  11. 29 Jun '13 08:19 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    I think I would have tried 8...Rg8. Also instead of 10...Ng4 maybe developing the queenside pieces with a hope of castling may have worked out better. 10...Kf7 might be considered too.

    The Instructor
    I will try that thanks... I can take c2 on move 9 too but I suspect the computer will smash my position if I do...

    Have you beaten Houdini yet?
  12. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    29 Jun '13 14:39
    Originally posted by e4chris
    I will try that thanks... I can take c2 on move 9 too but I suspect the computer will smash my position if I do...

    Have you beaten Houdini yet?
    Hell no.

    The Instructor
  13. 29 Jun '13 20:13 / 1 edit
    I'm sure it will have an opening weakness somewhere....
  14. 30 Jun '13 11:03 / 1 edit
    Saitek almost down!! Look what an evil computer it is, I was a piece up and it still swindles a win.

    Saitek Master 20 sec pm ps0



    On 2 min per move it thinks for ages c4 min before playing 5.Qh5+ but on this level it played the opening quite quick and jumped to 7.Be3, which seems to loose. It seems to get lost like the cheaper computer. I had to take back a few moves 11...Qe6 rather then Qe5 - whites knight attacks and 19...Bg7 rather then Nb4, which does not win anything. I think there's a win with 26...Rf8, 27...Bf5. But I'd taken back to many moves then.
  15. 03 Jul '13 00:29 / 2 edits
    Incidentally I am not playing any games on rhp in the line the computers are using, no one is playing against the Saitek! 🙂 - both play this with enough time and both only have up to 3 Nxe5 in there opening book, the rest is calculated.



    I think its interesting, white is quite over reached.