Friday, July 08, 2011

Spot the oddity



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Screenshot of a computer program, hard at work analysing a game I played earlier this year. But something is very odd. Can you spot what it is?

[Thanks to Tom for help.]

14 comments:

Jon H said...

That's easy. The Rybka analysis looks like it is identical to what you'd get if you used Fruit or Crafty.

Anonymous said...

May be e and d pawns are still in their initial posistion?

HeinzK said...

Does it want to castle through the knight? The only other oddity I can spot is the panda icon.

Eric Lasker said...

Both sides have moved their King's Rooks as if to castle, but the Kings remain at home.

Still, these things happen...

Martin S. said...

Just to the right of h1 is a box with white bishop, white pawn, and black knight symbols in it. Are these captured pieces, or what?

Anonymous said...

14... Bxh2 looks like a fantastic computer novelty. Kramnik and/or Anand may wish to use it sometime.

Signalman said...

the imbalance box is wrong ? missinga pawn ?

Anonymous said...

The selected line of analysis seems to conclude with white voluntarily allowing mate in 1 (17...Rxf1#).

Richard

Anonymous said...

The only thing I can see is that the text shows Bh2 as the move played, but the board shows Bc5.

ejh said...

Heinz has it. The computer was analysing itself castling through a knight. I have no idea why.

(Jon H - ho ho. Anonymous - it happens. Eric - ditto. Martin - it shows imbalances. Anonymous - no, it's what I actually played in the game, and it's not the best. Signalman - looks right to me. Richard - yes it does, because when it gets to the end the computer decides it can't castle after all, though you'd think it would prefer a mate in two. Anonymous - it's analysing the sideline 14...Bc5, not the move played.)

Apologies to all for the delay in replying!

Cortex said...

I've other oddities to mention:

you are still working with windows XP, there is an update still waiting (bottom right corner), you are using Panda Antivirus (not the best AV for multiple reasons), and Rybka 1.1...

However, these are nothing comparing to your castling...

Good eyes you have!

ejh said...

So what AV would you recommend? We just renewed for two years, so youur advice may come a little late....

Cortex said...

The bench of AV is particularly huge, but a relative newcomer is great, named Bitdefender.

The problem with classic and widespread AV's is that virus-coders are more inclined and trained to bypass any layer of protection AV's could place between the source of infection and the computer.

Else, in the free AV's, we have good ones, Avast, AVG and Avira are equally good (they have different drawbacks, though).

The main problem with an AV is his uninstall, and some litter the register with many many entries you are forced to manually remove. By chance, there are good tutorials in the web to learn you how.

Disclaimer: I have not any participation with any AVs I mentioned or didn't mention, no kind of interest in whatever form it could take in any informatical product, component or OS, and limited competences in computer-use, so you can ask me anything on it, but at your own risk.

ejh said...

Thanks very much: I'll bear your advice in mind.