Monday, October 16, 2006

Campeonato por equipos 2006

La Federación Nacional de Ajedrez y la empresa de seguridad Incorpo, organizaron un campeonato nacional por equipos, en donde estuvo presente la mayoría del ajedrez mexicano en pleno. Vimos equipos "trabuco" como el de Juan Carlos González, que tenía en sus filas a Eduardo Hernández, su hermana Yadira, el esposo de ella, Rafael Espinosa, además del "pato" Morales y Guil Russek. Otra "potencia" era el equipo de Incorpo, comandado por el GM macedonio Mítkov, seguido de Roberto Martín del Campo, el campeón nacional actual, el "Willy" Domínguez, Alfonso Almeida y Julían Estrada. Los campeones del año pasado era un equipo comandado por los hermanos Carlos y Florentino Garméndez. Yo participé en el equipo "Los Grandiosos", cuyo primer tablero fue Ricardo Szmetan (hermano del MI argentino, Jorge Szmetan), Jason Alford, Silvio Pla y Abel Dávalos. Otros equipos menos fuertes pero igualmente aguerridos: Los Ajolotls, comandados por el MI Willy de Winter, y con integrantes siempre difíciles como Andrés Belmont, Raúl Rosas y Willebaldo Roura.

Se jugó a cinco rondas, a 1: 30 hrs por reloj sin incremento. Jugué tres partidas y perdí la primera con un jugador de unos 2100 de rating. Siguiente partida me recuperé venciendo al fuerte MF Eduardo Hernández, hermano del GM Gilberto y de la MIF Yadira (todos Hernández, desde luego). Finalmente le gané una defensa holandesa (yo con negras), al MI Willy de Winter, el cual, reconozco, quedó mejor en la apertura, pero no supo continuar con la energía necesaria.

Hubo algunas novedades interesantes. El Ing. Ferriz llevó su nuevo juguete: un sistema para anotar las partidas que consiste en unos artefactos que son prácticamente computadoras Palm, las cuales tienen una aplicación de un tablero de ajedrez, y en lugar de anotar la partida en una papeleta, uno hace la jugada en el instrumento ése. Dicha jugada se transmite vía WiFi a una computadora central, la cual puede transmitir entonces en pantalla gigante la partida que se está desarrollando. El sistema es más barato que los tableros electrónicos DGT. En un siguiente mensaje hablaré más al respecto de esta tecnología, iniciativa de la empresa MonRoi. (La imagen que ilustra este artículo es de precisamente, la proyección de mi partida contra Eduardo Hernández).

Pero aparte de eso, en lo que se refiere al ajedrez, hubo algunas situaciones muy interesantes en el tablero. Por ejemplo, en la última ronda, mi co-equipero, Abel Dávalos (con negras), jugaba contra Julián Estrada. (véase diagrama). La última jugada de Julián es un error terrible 19.Cb5?? que pensaba que ganaba un peón), el cual explota Abel de manera sorprendente. Las negras jugaron aquí 1. ... Cf5!! y entonces Estrada se sumió en profunda meditación. No se puede 2.gxf5? por 2. ... Axh2+ y las blancas pierden la dama. Igualmente 2.Af4 pierde la dama por Ad4+. Así, las negras, con 1. ... Cf5!! tiene tres amenazas directas: (a) ganar el alfil de h6; (b) amenazar jaque en h2 y (c) amenazar el jaque en d4. Como me dijo Oscar Sánchez, no se puede defender de las tres amenazas con una sola jugada. La partida terminó con 2.Rg2 Ch6 3.Cc7 De7 4.Ce6 Dh4 y las blancas, ante tantas amenazas contra el rey y sus peones, abandonaron 0-1.

3 comments:

Albran said...

The MonRoi system is more expensive than the DGT system.

One DGT board costs about US$ 500 (with discounts for larger quantities), the software cost are around US$ 600 are depentent on the number of boards but no annual license fee is required.

MonRoi personal chess manager costs US$ 359 for a single piece, but in a fair competition both players should have one, so this is US$ 718 per board, further you need the tournament hub, which MonRoi sells at US$ 489 and you have to pay an anual license fee of US$ 189.

Please note also that MonRoi only publishes scoresheet, not games. So the clocktimes of the game are not included and the system is not suited for Blitz and Rapid games.

Albert Vasse
DGT Projects

MonRoi Support said...

Dear Ms. Vasse,

It appears that you may not be well informed on the MonRoi system. MonRoi broadcasted over 10,000 matches live at the top World events.

It is required only one PCM per board for live broadcast of game.

MonRoi publishes scoresheets and games at is World Databank of Chess. Check it out at www.monroi.com/wdc

MonRoi was implemented successfully in Rapid matches besides professional time control as well.

The MonRoi system broadcast time information, without a connection to clock.

Add shipping costs and manpower which is required to setup and run electronic board system...

MonRoi Support

MonRoi PCM & PTM vs. Electronic Boards for Live Game Broadcast

Functionality
• Electronic boards can only transmit the chess moves. It will produce unsatisfactory results if the cable connections are faulty. Cannot be used for automatic replaying of chess games.
• Personal Chess Manager records all the moves electronically with a touch of the handy stylus. It can be used for storing, replaying and watching games in real-time.

Portability and Setup
• Electronic boards with pieces are too bulky to carry very far. For 100 electronic boards you need a large shipping container. Setup of 100 electronic boards requires a lot of manpower (min 5 people over a 3 day period) and duck-tapes across the room.
• Personal Chess Manager can easily be carried in a pocket. For 100 PCMs one needs a carry-on bag. Setup is done in an hour by a single person.

Game Storage Capacity
• Electronic boards are able to store only a limited number of games.
• Personal Chess Manager can store over 50 games in the device itself, and thousands more using available SD cards. User can review games on the device.

Albran said...

Dear MonRoi support,

Chess games are what is played on the board. Scoresheets, paper or electronic, and what is registered on them are events on the sideline.

MonRoi does not publish games, MonRoi publishes scoresheets.

If, as you suggest, only one PCM per board is used (which I agree is sufficient to generate an internet broadcast) the conditions for one player differ from the conditions for his opponent. This constitutes i.m.o. the introduction of an unbalanced, thus unfair, situation.
The MonRoi system puts the responsibility for internet broadcasting with one of the players.
Broadcasting games should be the responsibility of the organisers of an event, not of (one of) the players. Players should only play their game.

Under FIDE Laws of Chess (art. 8.4), keeping score is not required in case there is less than 5 minutes left on the clock.
MonRoi risks leaving out the broadcasting of the time trouble of the game. This takes away a lot of the thrill of following a chess game "Live".

For rapid games keeping score is not even required by the Laws of Chess. (Appendice B: Rapidplay, art. B.3) In rapid games therefor only the volentary cooperation of players would make MonRoi shoresheet broadcasting possible.
Need I mention the conditions in Blitz games?

If, as you state, time information is published by MonRoi, this must be based on the moment of writing down the move on the scoresheet / PCM.
MonRoi does not broadcast the actual times on the chess clock, which is the only relevant time in the game.
It should be the only time broadcasted.
What if the player was looking at an interesting position on the next board; and a move was entered one minute after it was made on the board. Or the player got himself a cup of coffee, which took him 5 minutes before he got back to the board.
Publishing this kind of time information is i.m.o. misleading the viewer on the internet, who might have the impression he is watching a "live" broadcast.

Suggesting that DGT boards for reasons of faulty cable connections fail to produce good "live" broadcasting is in total contrast with the experience of the use of DGT boards in over a thousand chess tournaments since 1998.

Giving an estimate of 5 people working 3 days to build a 100 DGT board set up is pure nonsence.
For a 15 to 20 board situation one man (with some experience with DGT boards) needs about 2 to 3 hours.

In the first big event with DGT boards, the Elista Chess Olympiad 1998, we set up 328 DGT boards on three floors in 24 hours, working non-stop with 3 people. As you might recall, the start of this Olympiad was delayed for two days as they were still working on the Chess Palace building itself. Probably there are still pictures on the internet of the building with an incomplete roof after the teams already arrived in Elista. The playing halls were only released for the build-up of the boards one day before the rescheduled start of the games.

The 2006 Turin Chess Olympiad was covered "live" with 450 DGT boards in one network.