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Spike (Computer)
Number of games in database: 37
Years covered: 2005 to 2014
Overall record: +16 -9 =12 (59.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation (2 games)
C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed (2 games)

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(born 2004) Germany

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Its programmers are Volker Böhm and Ralf Schäfer.


Last updated: 2018-12-19 13:29:34

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 37  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Spike vs Rybka 1-069200515. IPCCCE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
2. Neurologic vs Spike 0-157200515. IPCCCB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Ikarus vs Spike  1-0852005IPCCCD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Spike vs Deep Gandalf 0-11052005IPCCCD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
5. Jonny vs Spike  0-1732005IPCCC 15 PaderbornA25 English
6. Spike vs SOS  1-0592005IPCCCA43 Old Benoni
7. Zappa vs Spike ½-½572005Blitz:120'D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Loop vs Spike  ½-½562006Sonnabend_P3-700Mhz_30minD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Shredder vs Spike  0-1602006Sonnabend_Div.Hardware_30minD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Spike vs Chiron  ½-½762006WCCC 2006B33 Sicilian
11. Jonny vs Spike  0-1412006WCCC 2006D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Spike vs Junior 0-1622006WCCC 2006A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. Spike vs Lion  1-0782006WCCC 2006C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Crafty vs Spike  ½-½872006WCCC 2006C42 Petrov Defense
15. Ikarus vs Spike  ½-½432006WCCC 2006B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. Spike vs Uragano3D  1-0512006WCCC 2006C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
17. Spike vs Shredder ½-½602006WCCC 2006B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Zappa vs Spike  1-0492006WCCC 2006E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
19. Spike vs Delfi 46  ½-½1092006WCCC 2006C11 French
20. FIBChess vs Spike 0-1412006WCCC 2006B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. Zappa vs Spike  0-1602006CEGT 40/120 (AMD64 x2 4200+)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Jonny vs Spike  ½-½682006Paderborn Computer ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
23. IsiChess vs Spike  1-0462006Paderborn Computer ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
24. Spike vs Diep  0-1462006Paderborn Computer ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
25. Rybka vs Spike ½-½722006Paderborn Computer ChampionshipB54 Sicilian
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 37  PGN Download
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  BishopBerkeley: According to the Spike homepage (at which the Spike engine can be downloaded for free):

"Spike is the first Computerchess World Champion in Chess960 [aka FischerRandom Chess]!"

Spike homepage:

Account of the Chess960 victory in Mainz (Aug 2005):

Download site for the different version of the Spike UCI engine (which you should be able to run in Shredder (Computer) , Fritz (Computer) (or any of the Chessbase interfaces), Chessmaster (Computer) , or Winboard. Simply see your program's "Help" listing for 'UCI engines');("Version 1.0a Mainz" of Spike was used in the Chess960 contest):

And clearly judging from the results above, Spike can hold its own in traditional Chess against many of the strongest engines!

Incidentally, here is our own Fischerandom Chess Generator .

Please also feel free to peruse my own curious Chess site, with many links on Computer Chess and many other Chess topics (simply scroll down in the rightmost column and start clicking!):

Incidentally, in the Charlie Brown / Peanuts comics, "Spike" was the name of "the loner brother of Snoopy that lives out in the desert near Needles, California."

Actually, the dog upon which the Snoopy character was based was Charles M. Schulz's childhood/family pet named "Spike":

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Dec-04-06  notyetagm: Here is a great win by Spike 1.3X MP, in which it displays good tactical and outstanding positional understanding.

Just look at the positional bind that Spike creates in the following diagram.

Position after 30 ... b6:

click for larger view

Exactly how is Black going to develop his heavy pieces off of the back rank, with the nearly permanent mate threat to d8? And look at the -monstrous- power of Spike's unopposed dark-squared f6-bishop!

Spike's positional bind is great, and more importantly Spike's -understanding- of this bind leads it to giving an evaluation of this position of +5.96. That is, although materially -down- a pawn for the exchange, Spike believes that it is winning by more than a whole rook!

A simply outstanding performance by Spike. Chess engines have come a long way from the days of pawn-grabbing when an engine evaluates a position with a slight material deficit as winning by more than a rook.

Feb-27-07  sharpnova: <notyetagm> your posts continue to justify your name.
Feb-27-07  whatthefat: <sharpnova>

Grow up.

Feb-18-08  timhortons: [Event "ICC 1 0 u"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2008.02.17"]
[Round "-"]
[White "timhortonsknigt"]
[Black "wizcomp"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by repetition"]
[WhiteElo "964"]
[BlackElo "2612"]
[Opening "Scotch game"]
[ECO "C45"]
[NIC "SO.05"]
[Time "23:20:17"]
[TimeControl "60+0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Nge7 7. Bc4 Ne5 8. Be2 d6 9. O-O Qg6 10. Re1 Bh3 11. Bf1 Bg4 12. Be2 O-O-O 13. Nd2 Bh3 14. Bf1 Bg4 15. Be2 Bh3 16. Bf1 Bg4 17. Be2 Game drawn by repetition 1/2-1/2

<my game with spike 1.2 turin at icc...rybka as well has the same drawing line on scotch>take not of my very low rating so im not in the posession to teach chess...i just share my experience

Feb-22-08  timhortons: spike now has a new account at icc "the giver" it has an elo strentgh of 2723. a hundred elo stronger than "wizcomp" and it play rated game
Feb-23-08  timhortons: [Event "ICC 3 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2008.02.23"]
[Round "-"]
[White "timhortonsknigt"]
[Black "TheGiver"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by repetition"]
[WhiteElo "1578"]
[BlackElo "2755"]
[Opening "Scotch game"]
[ECO "C45"]
[NIC "SO.05"]
[Time "01:32:04"]
[TimeControl "180+0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Nge7 7. Bc4 Ne5 8. Be2 d6 9. O-O Qg6 10. Re1 Bh3 11. Bf1 Bg4 12. Be2 Bh3 13. Bf1 Bg4 14. Be2 Bh3 Game drawn by repetition 1/2-1/2

<these is spike 1.2 turin new account at icc , she play rated game..a hundred elo stronger than wizcomp her predecessor>

Feb-23-08  timhortons: i could claim that it is easier to draw and win against a 2700 elo strentgh computer than a human grandmaster of equal elo points
Jun-01-09  Dredge Rivers: I wish he and Buffy could have stayed together!

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