The CHESS 2010 POLL clearly shows that people consider Man versus
Machine games to be more important than Computer versus Computer.
Due to the absence of strong Man versus Machine competitions Rebel company wants to introduce
a new initiative called The Monthly GM Challenge.
The goal is that REBEL plays one LIVE tournament game against a grandmaster once a
month. Live coverage including Rebel analysis via the Rebel Home Page.
We challenge every chess player with an official FIDE grandmaster title to take the bite
and play our program. You can contact us by email at
Mail to REBEL. Acceptance of entries is done in the
order we receive them.
- $500 if the grandmaster wins against REBEL.
- $250 for a draw.
- No prize money in case of a loss against REBEL.
The 5th game is scheduled on Saturday October 2, 1999 against GM Ruslan Scherbakov.
Biographical information GM Ruslan Scherbakov
I was born on 14.09.1969 in a very small town Staraya Russia, near Great
Novgorod. At the age of 4 I learned to play chess and seriously started
to study chess at 11, when my family moved from the Great Novgorod region
to Cheliabinsk in 1980.
From 1981 to 1992 I attended the Russian nation-wide chess school with
GM A.N.Panchenko as the principle. Seminars were held twice a year. These
seminars proved to be a great success as many students became grandmasters
(the most famous are Sergey Rublevsky and Alisa Galliamova; also Maxim Sorokin,
Mikhail Ulybin, Alexander Volzhin, Svetlana Prudnikova, Sergey Volkov and some
During my last few years at school I worked as a trainer, and in 1990 I was
the coach for the Russian team in the Soviet youth team championship (where
young Kramnik and Rublevsky played). Unfortunately the school is now closed,
because of financial problems.
In 1987 I became a Soviet chess master, 1989 - IM, 1992 - GM.
I help some of my friends with their training. I coached GM Tatiana Shumiakina
(Cheliabinsk) during several tournaments like Soviet Championship (1990-3rd place,
and 1991), and zonal championships (the best result was in Orel 1993, 1st place). I
also assisted my friend GM Sergey Rublevsky when he faced strong competition
during tournaments in Poljanica Zdroj (Poland): 1996 - 2nd place, behind
Beliavsky; 1997 - 1st place, one point ahead of Gelfand, two points ahead of Bareev!
Sergey has become a very strong player and his strength continues to increase.
In the last two years my involvement in chess tournaments has been reduced, since
I became a father (my daughter is more than 1 year old now!).
My contact details are:
P.O. Box 4741
Tel./fax: +7-3512-135130 (unfortunately my wife Tatiana doesn't speak English)
Fax: +1-8153771033 (will be delivered to my E-mail)
Some of my best results:
1986, Volgograd - champion of the USSR among students (+8=5),
one point ahead of Tiviakov.
1987, Anapa - champion of Russia (juniors-20) +6=5
1987, Nizhny Novgorod (round) - won Cup of Russia (+5-1=6) (1-2
place with Vaulin)
1989, Kramatorsk (Ukraine) - Soviet junior team championship, 1st
place in the team of Russia (+2=6)
1989/90, Cheliabinsk - South Ural Cup (round) +6-2=6, 2-4 places with
Sveshnikov and Ulybin. I gained final IM norm and had my
first win against a grandmaster (Sveshnikov).
1990, Kuibyshev (now Samara) - Russian Championship (round)
+4=11, 1-5 places with Makarov, Sorokin, Kramnik, Kharlov.
1991, Taby (Sweden) (open) +7=2, 1st place (started 7 from 7)
1992, Bled (Slovenija) (open) +5=4, 1st place
1992, Helsinki (Finland) (open) +4-1=4, I gained first GM norm
by crushing M.Gurevich in the last round.
1992, Belorechensk (Russia) (round) +8=5, where I achieved final
1992, Europe Club Cup, 2nd place in the team of "Poliot"
1992/93, Hastings (England) (open), +7-1=3, 1st place. Having 3,5
from 4, I lost against McNab in 9 moves! I gained extra
1994, Moscow - Russian team championship, 1st place in the team
of "Kadyr" (Cheliabinsk), played on the 1st board.
1995, Akmola (Kazakhstan) (round) +4=7, 1st place
1995, Ljubljana (Slovenija) - Europe Club Cup, 3rd place in the
team of "Kadyr" (Cheliabinsk), played on 2nd board.
We have beaten the former champion "Bosna" with 4,5 to 1,5.
"Bosna" had 2600 ELO on 6/th board, but Kasparov did not
play against us.
1996, Decin (Czech Rep.), +6-1=2, 1 place
1996, Poljanica Zdroj (Poland) +6=5, 1 place
1997, Novgorod - Cup of Russia stage, +4=5, 1-3 places
1998, St.Petersburg - Cup of Russia stage, +5=4, 1-2 places.
1999, Tula - Cup of Russia stage, +4=5, 1 place.
I offer comprehensive lessons here at chess.net ranging from beginner to
expert levels for a very reasonable fee. I also suggest that you get
Chessnet for Windows 2.0 complete with Internet Phone. This will allow me
to speak to you without wasting valuable time on typing, and you will not
have to pay for long-distance calls and a 2nd phone line. I look forward
to seeing you at Chessnet.
Visit GM Ruslan Scherbakov pages
Hardware & Software REBEL
Program: REBEL 10.5 using new king safety software to play against strong humans.
Opening book: as used in the World Championship in Paderborn.
EOC database setting: Use is STRONG.
PC: Kryotech AMD 600 Mhz, 128 Mb (as used in the World Championship in Paderborn).
Other settings will be revealed during the game.
The game is scheduled on Saturday October 2 10:00 New York / 16:00 Amsterdam time.
The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours and then one hour for the rest of the
game so a game can not take longer than 6 hours.
Move transmission via the Internet Chess Club
It should be guaranteed that both players can not lose on time due to problems
(time loss) with the move transmission over the net. These games are meant to give some
light on the current state of art of the on-going Man versus Machine event and should
reflect a normal face-to-face event. For that purpose an arbiter is appointed and his
decisions will be final.
The arbiter is Enrique Irazoqui former chief editor of the "Computer Chess
To ensure fair play the arbiter is send the Rebel version before the game is started
and the arbiter will check all moves played by Rebel. Another (second) arbiter is installed
at the place of the grandmaster, the normal rules apply.
LIVE support of the game HERE.
You DO NOT have to press the REFRESH button of your browser to get an
update as the page is automatically refreshed after 3 minutes.
Programmer Ed Schröder will be available on
REBEL-BOARD for short comments during the game.
Rebel company and ICC agreed that the match can be followed live on the
Internet Chess Club also if you are not a paying member. Go to the above URL how to