First Impressions from the Internet Chess Match:
SMB Nijmegen 1848 - Eckbauer Berlin 1827

Tuesday 29th September, 1998

The following pictures were taken with a Hitachi MP-EG1A digital camera. The images are a little bit fuzzy and the colours are not very brilliant, because the light was not the best. It was the first time I borrowed that nice piece of hardware. The next time, I will provide some more powerful lamps...

the team
From left to right: Moeller, Semmelroth, Krause, Hein, Springer and Kesslau.

Reinhard Baier
That's the captain: Reinhard Baier

the computer
We used a Pentium 166 MHz with 64 MB RAM, 17" Monitor and 28.8 Modem. It was temporarily moved on top of my HiFi-Tower.

Our Players

Frank Moeller
1. Frank Moeller (2053)

Heinz-Dieter Semmelroth
2. Heinz-Dieter Semmelroth (2087)

Clemens Krause
3. Clemens Krause (1947)

Burkhard Hein
4. Burkhard Hein (1945)

Heinrich-Viktor
Springer and Adolf Kesslau
5. Heinrich-Viktor Springer (1915) and 6. Adolf Kesslau (1717)

in the middle of the match
During the game I fixed several papers on my monitor, containing the ICC account and the board number. The biggest problem for me was to get instantly the information from the screen and map it to the actual players' move. Later I fixed also some small red triangles on the screen very close to the clock of our players: the blue/red signal means, it is our turn to move at this board.

Results

Eckbauer wins 4-1, fortune was on our side, especially in game 3. The notation will be commented (probably with Fritz) later.
1. Moeller  - Retera       0-1
2. van Rijn - Semmelroth   0-1
3. Krause   - van de Berg  1-0
4. Bijvank  - Hein         0-1
5. Springer - Spoelstra    -
6. Wissink  - Kesslau      0-1

The reactions of our team was overwhelming: It was new, it was great, it was fun! That should be repeated! Great Idea! Thank you very much!

Reinhard Baier, baier@fokus.gmd.de, 30 Sept 1998