Home Chess KontraJako narrowly wins TA Area forward of mutdpro, MatthewG-p4p

KontraJako narrowly wins TA Area forward of mutdpro, MatthewG-p4p

KontraJako narrowly wins TA Area forward of mutdpro, MatthewG-p4p


The nameless Grandmaster “Kontrajako” edged out mutdpro (GM Minh Le Tuan) in final Saturday’s Titled Area with MatthewG-p4p (IM Matvey Galchenko) coming in third (an auspicious end result for the younger Russian Worldwide Grasp). The highest two locations have been determined within the remaining minute when kontraJako prevailed in opposition to MahammadMuradli2003 while mutdpro misplaced to fourth-place finisher Zhigalko_Sergei.

To ‘zerk or to not ‘zerk

One attention-grabbing facet of the Lichess Titled Area is the “berserk” function and the completely different approaches contributors take to it – some “zerk” hardly ever (or solely in opposition to a lot lower-rated opponents), some “zerk” situationally, and a handful, akin to mutdpro, appear to berserk virtually each recreation as a matter of precept. The hows and whys of when to berserk can play a serious position in who in the end wins these occasions and is price a better look. As an illustration, let’s look at the video games of our fourth place finisher, Sergei Zhigalko. Why Sergei? Effectively, primarily as a result of GM Zhigalko streams virtually all of his on-line video games on Youtube but in addition as a result of Sergei’s epic (and extremely entertaining) tilt and restoration halfway via this match had a serious impact upon the final word standings.

Anatomy of a Tilt

Maybe a very powerful ingredient in catastrophe story is a promising starting, akin to Zhigalko’s first dozen video games on this match wherein he went undefeated, rising because the match chief. Amongst these video games was a vital win in opposition to mutdpro:


Nonetheless, in spherical 13, our hero lastly meets his nemesis within the type of the mysterious kontraJako who, as we will see later, focuses on spirited protection:


Maybe disheartened by shedding this pawn-up endgame, Sergei then drops a recreation to (the nicely named) drop_stone however shortly rights the ship with two berserking victories in a row solely to come across kontraJako for a second time. Sergei sensibly refrains from berserking this recreation and what outcomes is sort of probably the sport of the match:


After this second loss, our intrepid Zhigalko, recognizing the necessity for drastic measures to erase kontraJako’s more and more massive match lead, begins a topsy-turvey run of berserking wins and losses to kind of preserve tempo. Nonetheless, after a loss in opposition to PaulfromSPb, Sergei runs into the “Jako” one final time:


This third and arguably worst loss in opposition to the match chief (and eventual winner) formally begins poor Sergei’s descent into Tilt-City, inhabitants him. 5 extra losses, all while berserking, observe, resulting in a dramatic pause in his YouTube stream.

One may surprise why Zhigalko continued to berserk all through all of those defeats. The reply is not easy, however maybe partly has to do with delicate nature of how berserking capabilities in prime lichess occasions. In some methods, berserking is a form of chess model of the “Prisoners Dilemna”.

Prisoner’s Dilemma Prisoner A snitches Prisoner A stays silent
Prisoner B snitches two years jail for each three years jail for A
Prisoner B stays silent three years yail for B one 12 months jail for each

Berserker’s Dilemma White does not berserk White berserks
Black does not berserk No benefit Benefit for Black
Black berserks Benefit for White Minor benefit for each

In fact a giant distinction between the 2 is that the second participant to berserk is conscious of the primary participant’s irrevocable selection. This might trivialize “Prisoner’s Dilemma”, as presumably few prisoners, understanding that the opposite has already chosen to stay silent, would additionally select to stay silent after they can “win” by snitching. Curiously, this does not maintain for Berserker’s Dilemma for 2 fundamental causes. First, and possibly foremost, berserking is not essentially a foul factor because it affords a number of benefits no matter what your opponent chooses to do: it will increase the reward for successful, it shortens the sport (a significant factor in on-line enviornment occasions), and the drawback of getting much less time than your opponent is mitigated by the very fact you may suppose in your opponent’s time and, furthermore, your opponent can not suppose in your (nonexistent) time. Second, the choice to berserk exists not within the vacuum of a single recreation however all through the whole lot of the match. What this implies in sensible phrases is that your opponent might determine that they stand to realize extra by “encouraging” you to berserk sooner or later by berserking again since, in spite of everything, as soon as you’ve got berserked, all outcomes are actually extra optimistic from their perspective than in case you hadn’t. Thus, it could possibly be that Grandmaster Zhigalko had, throughout his seven recreation skid, hoped for extra “cooperation” from his opponents, however alas, as a substitute fell sufferer to his personal prowess at bullet chess, for none save the fearless mutdpro was keen to just accept Sergei’s invites to bop.

In any occasion, our saga doesn’t finish right here, for Zhigalko, being the indefatigable fighter he’s, now picks himself up, stops beserking, and embarks on an unimaginable run of 9(!) consecutive wins, culminating in dashing mutdpro’s last-minute hopes of snatching the match away from kontraJako:


To sum up – the match winner not solely went 3-0 vs Zhigalko, but in addition tilted him to the purpose the place Sergei finally, like some form of unimaginable chess hulk, started demolishing all of kontraJako’s rivals all through the essential final half-hour of the occasion. Effectively performed, Jako. Effectively performed.



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