Lippstadt near Dortmund has been holding an annual international tournament since 1991. The first six were perfectly "normal" but in 1997 they introduced a computer - Zugzwang - which came 11th out of 12. Since then a monster has competed every year. In 1998 Zugzwang was third and in 1999, it was replaced by a new entrant PConners, which came half way down.
In 2000, this idiosyncratic tournament introduced a further innovation with wins counting as 3 points and draws 1 for the purposes of prize money - if not of course rating. I played this time without great success, though I did at least manage to defeat PConners, which, however, came in first.
After a gap of two years the 11th edition of Lippstadt took place between 7 and 17 August. This time, PConners was replaced by Brutus but the result was the same. It dominated the category 9 tournament to rack up a massive 25/33 points - 9/11 under the normal scoring system; ahead of Lukacz Cyborowski (Poland) 18 (7), Jens-Uwe Maiwald (Germany) 17(7), Robert Ruck (Germany) 17 (7) and Jan Smeets (the Netherlands 17 (6.5).
Some big names came further down, with the former Women's World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze making just 12(5) and the top seed, Oleg Romanishin from the Ukraine a horrible 8 (3.5).
As chess programming has improved exponentially so chess programs have become ever harder to play. …