Michael Adams and Peter Leko celebrated a successful final day at the Chess Classic Mainz. Both to grandmasters beat the computer programme Pocket Fritz by 3.5:0.5. Leko conceded a draw against the software which runs on a handheld computer. In three weeks the programme will be available in the shops for 99 German Marks.
Computer matches have a tradition at the Chess Classic. After his win in the Ordix Open in 1998, Fritz on Primergy also won the Masters in 1999. At the time the combination of software developed by Hamburg-based Chessbase company and the high powered hardware made by Fujitsu Siemens scored 9.5:4.5 points. Last year the 'big brother' of Pocket Fritz obtained 5:5 against players in the world rating list positions 2 to 6. On a handheld the programme will of course perform less strongly and therefore Michael Adams and especially computer expert Peter Leko have to be regarded as favourites. Due to the fast tempo of technical progress Pocket Fritz is designed to achieve a comparable development to that of his 'big brother'. In addition, the match is being eagerly awaited because Pocket Fritz has a very special programmer: Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, from Düsseldorf, is the reigning computer chess world champion for the fourth time. His programme called Shredder is characterised by broad chess knowledge, which could even push the question of hardware well into the background.
Nobody knows what secret weapons Pocket Fritz will present
Caricatures by Frank Stiefel