Some tactical blindness cropped up today. Leela dropped a queen to discovered
attack. It happens. Although Leela had some mate threats even material down,
Jonny was able to make progress and the team decided to resign.
Hopefully the 20b network will allow better communication
between different parts of the board and these kinds of blunders will be a
thing of the past.
The devs tinkered with a tiny opening book, so we got 1. e4 c5. Leela sans opening book proceeded to blunder into a sharp line in the Najdorf Opocensky variation after 11. f5! Shredder ran out of gas on it’s kingside attack and Leela rallied. Play was sharp for a while until it ended quietly in a TB draw. Imagine what Leela could have done with an equal or better position. Right now she is no match for theory.
if you want pgn’s, the links are of the form http://www.icga.org/live/round-2/games.pgn
More on the WCCC
First off a warm thank you to our Cyril Guyot (@Cyril on discord) who paid the late entry fee and convinced his employer, Western Digital, Research, to provide a monster machine with 8xV100’s to run leela. Cyril will be operating leela during the tournament. Hopefully some other community members will be there so he can take a bathroom break.