Friday, May 06, 2011


Pocket Fritz 4 versus Chessmaster 9000

Back when I was last playing, I always liked the idea of Pocket Fritz, a strong chess game in your pocket. (Standalone chess programs, such as a Saitek Mephisto, have poor screens and playing strength.) I still don't have a smartphone so I bought a vintage 2005 HP Ipaq RX1950 off ebay and bought Pocket Fritz 4, all for the about the same price as one of the handhelds.

My other chess program is Chessmaster 9000 which is run on my laptop. I decided to have the two compete. Chessmaster is purported to be rated 2815 and Pocket Fritz claims a performance of 2938.

Game 1: Fritz, as white, outplays the Chessmaster for the victory.

[Date "2011.5.6"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Pocket Fritz 4"]
[Black "Chessmaster 9000"]
[Time Control "30 seconds per move"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Nf6 7.Re1 Be7 8.c3
O-O 9.h3 h6 10.d4 Re8 11.Nbd2 Bf8 12.Nf1 Bd7 13.Ng3 Na5 14.Bc2 c5 15.b3
Nc6 16.d5 Ne7 17.Be3 Ng6 18.Qd2 Qc7 19.a4 bxa4 20.b4 cxb4 21.cxb4 Rec8
22.Bxa4 Bxa4 23.Rxa4 Qc4 24.Rc1 Qb5 25.Rca1 Rc4 26.Ra5 Qxb4 27.Qxb4 Rxb4
28.Nd2 Nf4 29.Rxa6 Rxa6 30.Rxa6 g6 31.f3 Rb2 32.Bxf4 exf4 33.Ngf1 Nh5
34.Nc4 Re2 35.e5 dxe5 36.d6 Re1 37.Kf2 Rd1 38.Nfd2 Ng3 39.Rc6 Nh1+
40.Ke2 Rg1 41.Rc8 Kg7 42.d7 Be7 43.Re8 Bh4 44.Rxe5 Kf8 45.Re8+ Kg7
46.d8=Q Bxd8 47.Rxd8 Rxg2+ 48.Kf1 Rh2 49.Kg1 Rxh3 50.Kg2 Rh4 51.Rd7 Ng3
52.Nd6 Kf6 53.N2c4 Ke6 54.Rxf7 g5 55.Rg7 Kd5 56.Rg6 Kd4 57.Nb6 Kc3
58.Nd5+ Kd3 59.Ne7 Rh1 60.Nef5 Nxf5 61.Nxf5 Ra1 62.Rd6+ Kc4 63.Rxh6 Ra2+
64.Kh3 Rf2 65.Kg4 Rg2+ 66.Kh5 Kd3 67.Ra6 Kc4 68.Nd6+ Kd4 69.Ra5 g4
70.Nf5+ Kc4 71.fxg4 Kb4 72.Ra1 f3 73.g5 f2 74.Rf1 Kc3 75.Nh4 Rg1 76.Rxf2
Kd3 77.g6 Ke4 78.Rg2 Rc1 79.g7 Rc8 80.Rg4+ Kd3 81.g8=Q Rxg8 82.Rxg8 Kc2
83.Rg3 Kd2 84.Nf5 Kc2 85.Nd4+ Kb1 86.Rb3+ Ka1 87.Kg4 Ka2 88.Kf4 Ka1
89.Kf3 Ka2 90.Ke2 Ka1 91.Kd2 Ka2 92.Kc2 Ka1 93.Ra3# 1-0

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