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Rybka vs. Benjamin: Match at Draw Odds

Rybka 3 Aquarium logotype At the beginning of January, grandmaster Joel Benjamin played Rybka in an eight-game match in which Benjamin had draw odds. Benjamin had white in every game, and draws were counted as wins for him. Therefore, the only way Rybka could score points was to win with the black pieces. Before the match, Rybka’s creator, IM Vasik Rajlich, calculated that based on ratings GM Benjamin should be more than happy with just two points in the match. However, taking other factors into consideration, he concluded that three or four points for Benjamin would be a more likely outcome.

A poll on the Rybka Forum showed that the majority of the readers expected a close match, with Rybka being the more likely winner.

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