The pairing for the second round is:

Nemeton  Spartacus  1-0 
The Baron  The King  1-0 
Hiarcs  Embla  1-0
Komodo  Arminius  1-0 


(The games will start around 14:00, probably a little earlier.)

The results seem logical when you look at the playing strength of the programs. The win of Nementon over Spartacus is an interesting one as Harm Geert Muller has not done work to his program for 8 years and Stan Arts is improving his program continually. Stan remarked that he improved on hardware also and that this is improving the speed with a factor 3. The endgame of The Baron against the King is an interesting fight with a pawn promoting on both sides of the board to a queen. However, The King could not win as The Baron already had seen. After The Baron forced the exchange of the queens, Johan de Koning decided to throw the towel. About Embla we can say that it was improved a lot by Folkert van Heusden. It plays good games now, although it is still weaker than the big shots like Hiarcs. 

Fotos by Jan Krabbenbos

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