Sept. 1, 2001
On line GIPF puzzle contest
Soon an on line GIPF puzzle contest will be announced
right here. The prizes to win: 3 DVONN prototypes, signed and dated.
Those who are on the Project GIPF mailing list will get an e-mail
with all the details within 14 days; the ones who are not, have a
choice: either they send an e-mail
and subscribe for the newsletter, or they stay tuned and watch the
news on this site closely.
MSO 5: titles for Kok,
Dupont and Nuyttens
Three Project GIPF events on the agenda of MSO
Fred Kok (NL) was the first to get a gold medal around his neck -
and nobody seemed more surprised than Fred Kok himself. He had come
to London to regain his LoA world title, but got away with a golden
GIPF-with-TAMSK-potentials medal by winning 4 of his 5 matches. So
did Werner Dupont (B), but Fred had beaten him in the 4th round and
that made the difference. Stephen Tavener (GB) scored 3 points and
that was good enough for bronze.
Werner Dupont had the highest ranking of the 12 participants of the
GIPF WC, and he lived up to his status. He started with 6 wins in
a row. Only the young Josiah Lutton (GB) succeeded in flooring him
in the 7th round, but by then Werner already had a 2 point lead and
was sure to become, after Yoshi Ikkai (J), the second GIPF world champion.
Three players ended with 5 points: Josiah, Kurt Vandenbranden (B)
and Stephen Tavener. Josiah had won against Werner and got - well
deserved! - the silver medal. Kurt had a higher MB-score and nosed
Stephen out for bronze.
Everybody thought that the ZÈRTZ WC was going to become a duel
between Stephen Tavener and Michael Reitz (D), but it didn't turn
out that way. Both had been teaching the others all they knew about
the game and apparently they did it a bit too well
Nuyttens (B) and Sebastian Bleasdale (GB) had been very attentive
listeners and, once the championship was started, confronted the others
whit what they had learned. They played very solid and scored 6 wins
each, but Christof had won his game against Sebastian and that was
rewarded with the title of first ZÈRTZ world champion. Sebastian
got silver and Stephen Tavener got a second bronze medal for his 5
For more details, go to the "Results" pages in the
GIPF and ZÈRTZ section of this site.
"GF1" stronger than
Last week, during the Computer Program Olympiad
in Maastricht (NL), Kurt Vandenbranden's GF1 played 8 games
against Diederik Wentink's Gipfted. The competition was spread
over 2 days - 4 games per day, 30 minutes per computer/game. GF1 appeared
to be the strongest and won with 6 wins against 2.
A convincing victory for GF1, but Kurt says that the score does not
give a right picture of the competition. If Gipfted succeeded in winning
2 games, it could have won more games. All the games were very tight;
most were played in about 50 moves.
The visitors of this site are familiar with GF1, because many use
it as a sparring partner. Most of the regular Gipfers succeed in beating
level 3, a significantly smaller number can beat level 4, and only
the very best succeed in beating level 5 once in while. Now, here's
something to think about: most of GF1's moves were made on level 5
and level 6, but quite regularly it dug as deep as level 7, and it
even made it a few times to level 8! With only 30 minutes playing
time! Since GF1 lost 2 games against Gipfted, this means that not
only GF1 but Gipfted, too, is most likely stronger than the best GIPF-players.
This asks for a tournament in which computer programs are allowed
After having looked at the logs, a few preliminary, nonetheless interesting
conclusions can be made. Now that may be assumed that the programs
have played on a level that humans cannot reach - at least not yet
- the logs may tell something about what the future will bring. And
a question to be asked is: Is White the better color? 5 out of the
8 games were won by White. This confirms the tendency that could also
be noticed during the GIPF World Championship in London, where 22
out of 41 games were won with White. GF1 lost once with White and
once with Black, though, so probably it is still too soon to say something
sensible about it. More significant is that neither GF1 nor Gipfted
lost a game after having taken an lead of 2 pieces. GF1 lost his 2
games after having been ahead 1 piece, and Gipfted did so just once.
But it must also be said that both programs played 7 games with only
3 GIPF-pieces (Gipfted played once with 4 and GF1 - strange! - played
one game with only 2!). 3 GIPF-pieces is a "neutral" number;
it indicates careful play. The unpredictable things happen when playing
with more than 3 and those who play against GF1 on level 5 know that
the odds to beat GF1 increase significantly when playing with a lot
of GIPF-pieces. So, Gipfers, there's still hope
ZÈRTZ e-mail tournament
Jeroen Weyn is currently preparing an e-ZÈRTZ
tournament. The virtual place to be is Richard's
So far 13 players have registered, but there's place for many more.
Weyn if you want to sign up or if you want more information.
Don't wait too long; the tournament will start on the 12th of September.
The used format will be Round Robin, the number of players per group
depending on the total number of participants.
Jeroen says that the winner will become the "ZÈRTZ-by-email-champion-of-the-world"
Let's make that the "ZÈRTZ-by-email-champion-of-the-world-says-Jeroen".
A title to pursue!