Sun Herald, August 5

Tuesday's London press conference to promote the October match between BGN World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and his challenger, Deep Fritz was no ordinary pre-match meeting of rivals. 

Deep Fritz arrived in a briefcase - or so the programmer, Frans Morsch, claimed. 

However since Morsch refused to open the briefcase, the press were not able to test Morsch's assertion and, slightly disgruntled, had to rely on Kramnik sitting in the middle of a giant board for their photo opportunity. 

Kramnik and Deep Fritz are due to play 8 games in Bahrain for a prize fund of $US1m, a contest hyped by match organiser Ray Keene as the "last chance for human intelligence". 

Keene is promoting the match as a successor to the 1997 match between Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue, although the computer's victory in that match was curious, to say the least. 

Kramnik's task may be easier than Kasparov's in 1997 since it is by no means clear that Deep Fritz is the best possible chess computer challenger. 

Kramnik is soon to be given a copy of the Deep Fritz software as part of the match conditions and plans to spend a month playing test games against it. 

"I also need to make some psychological preparations," said Kramnik. 

"The problem is that in the public eye, the computer is already stronger than any human. 

"I want to prove that this is not the case." 


The following game, from the penultimate round of the Sydney interclub competition, was crucial in helping St George overhaul early leaders Koala Riverstone and win the competition from Wests by half a point. 

Sydney 2001 
White: M.Drummond 
Black: T.Rej 
Opening: English 

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 d4 5.exf6 dxc3 6.bxc3 Qxf6 7.Nf3 c5 8.Bd3!? 8.d4 would transpose to regular lines. 8...Bd7!? 9.0-0 Bc6 10.Be2 Nd7? Now the bishop on c6 gets into trouble. 11.d4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Bd6?! 

This works out badly, but 12...Qf5 13.d5! exd5 14.Bd3 is not much better. 13.d5!! Ba4 14.Qxa4 Qxa1 15.c5!? This looks (and is) promising but White could have won even more convincingly with 15.Bf4 Qb2 16.Bxd6 Qxe2 17.Re1 Qb2 18.dxe6 fxe6 19.Rxe6+ Kd8 20.Qa5+. 15...Bxc5 16.dxe6 fxe6 17.Bb5 0-0-0?! Castling on the other flank would have held out longer. 18.Qc4! b6 19.Ba6+ Kc7 20.Bf4+ e5 21.Rxa1 exf4 22.Qxf4+ Bd6 23.Rc1+ Nc5 24.Qe4 Rd7 25.Ne5 Bxe5 26.Qxe5+ Kc6 27.a4 Rd6 28.Bb5+ Kc7 29.Qxg7+ 1-0