The chess engines are at it again. Komodo 9.4 won an odds match against GM Joel Benjamin last week, 2.5-1.5. (HT: Vladimir) Joel Benjamin is a good GM, but not as active as he used to be and not as strong as Hikaru Nakamura, who lost an odds match to Komodo last year, so the odds he received were even greater than those given Nakamura:
- Five moves within the first four ranks.
- Rook for knight (a8 for b1, Wr moved to b1) and move.
- f7 pawn removed and two moves.
- Queen for two bishops.
The computer won the first game and drew the remaining three. Interestingly, Nakamura also did fine in the material odds games, but also lost the "free tempi" game (though he "only" got four moves). The next human sacrifice will be Eugene Perelshteyn in April; hopefully there will be a man-bites-computer story to tell for a change.