Monthly Archives: October 2015


Halloween – Nightmare on FICS (Free Internet Chess Server)

It’s halloween and my chess program (Sidonia) is playing on the internet again for the first time in as long as I can remember. In honor of the occasion the chess engine is playing (if the opponent also makes the right starting moves) THE HALLOWEEN GAMBIT.

The game starts fairly normally: Kings pawns come out followed by the four knights. White then sacrifices a knight and black probably already has a winning position. But if Black is not aware of how best to play the Hallloween Gambit, he can try to hold onto the piece advantage gained in the opening and things can rapidly go wrong and become a nightmare.

Here is one of Sidonia’s games from tonight.