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From February 19 till February 22, 2002 REBEL played a 4 game match against GM Loek van Wely who has an elo rating of 2714!

The end-result 2-2, a fantastic result for REBEL.

The time control for the event was tournament time control 40 moves in 2 hours, 20 moves in 1 hour and thereafter Fischer 30 seconds for the rest of the game.

Location of the event: Centre Céramique, Avenue Céramique 50, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

  • GM Loek van Wely versus REBEL.
  • February 19-22, 2002.
  • Time control: 40/120, 20/60, Fischer 30 seconds.
  • Location: Maastricht, the Netherlands.
  • Organization: Chess Events Maastricht Foundation.
  • Organization director: Jan van Reek.
  • Tournament director: International arbiter Geurt Gijssen.
  • Game comments: Jan van Reek.
  • Internet support: Daan Brorens.
Hard and Software:
  • Chess Program: Rebel Century 4.0
  • Special settings: using anti-GM modus and the 55 million EOC opening repertoire.
  • Athlon 1900+ Mhz, 512 Mb.  


  • After the matches against Arthur Yussupov and Vishy Anand and GM John van der Wiel Rebel now even after 4 matches still keeps its unbeaten status playing matches against strong human chess players.

  • No draws, 4 wins all with white.

  • Game-1: The super grandmaster survives a king attack, moves to an equal ending, refuses a draw offer, overrestimates his winning chances and suddenly finds himself in a mate net. REBEL leads the match with 1-0.

  • Game-2: The super grandmaster strikes back, REBEL underestimates an upcoming king attack, the computer fights back and is able to survive but the remaining ending is lost. The match is in balance 1-1.

  • Game-3: The perfect game. The super grandmaster beaten by a flawless king attack, one of REBEL's best games ever. Rebel leads again, now with 2-1 and can't lose the match anymore.

  • Game-4: The super grandmaster must win and launches a king attack, REBEL defends well and the super grandmaster is forced to go for the ending, from there the super grandmaster teaches chess, REBEL loses track and is outplayed, a highschool example how to play the ending. The match is over ending in 2-2, the super grandmaster has survived or was it the computer?

  • GM Loek van Wely about the match: You can not play your own style against the computer, that's about close to suicide, you must play the anti-computer strategy and be well prepared, I played about 100 games against REBEL as part of my preparation.

  • The Perfect Game

    Comments by author Ed Schröder

    Game-3 of the match was a true surprise, a flawless played king attack by REBEL against a 2700+ elo rated chess player at tournament time control, for me as author of REBEL the crown on a 21 year long career. It's like riding the perfect golden race at the Olympics, in this case the perfect game.

    Game start 5 back 1 back 1 forward 5 forward Game end Flip board Autoplay


    Rebel Century 4 - Loek van Wely (2714) [C04]

    Maarten van Gils memorial/Maastricht 2002

    1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nc6 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd7 6. Nb3 Be7 7. Bb5 Ncb8 8. O-O b6 9. Qe2 a5 10. Be3 Ba6 11. a4 c6 12. Bxa6 Nxa6 13. Rfc1!

    A terrific move, REBEL takes the initiative going for 14.c4

    13... O-O 14. c4 dxc4 15. Rxc4 Ndb8 16. Nbd2!

    Another fine positional move, the knight moving to e4 preparing the king attack

    16... Nb4 17. Ne4 N8a6 18. Nfd2!

    Making space to move the white queen to g4

    18... Nc7 19. Qg4 Kh8 20. Ra3!

    Destination h3

    20... Nbd5 21. Bg5!!

    An excellent attacking move, REBEL is as pleased as Punch

    21... f6 22. exf6 gxf6 23. Rh3!!

    The crux, if 23...fxg5 then 24.Qh5! 1-0

    23... Qe8 24. Qh4 Rf7 25. Bh6 b5

    Time for the counter attack on the queens side, in the meantime REBEL tries to increase the pressure on the black king.

    26. axb5 cxb5 27. Rc1 a4 28. Rg3!

    The only good move to keep the pressure and make progress

    28... a3 29. bxa3 Rxa3 30. Nf3!!

    Instead off the logical 30.Nb3 + 31.Nc5 REBEL chooses the persistent way going directly for the target, the black king.

    30... b4 31. Qh5!

    The crux of 30.Nf3! white now threatens 32.Ne5!!

    31... Rxf3

    Desperation, the logical defense 31...Bf8 leads to a lost endgame.

    32. gxf3 Bf8 33. Kh1! Re7 34. Rcg1!



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    Pictures Match Van Wely vs Rebel Century 4.0

    All pictures are from Eric van Reem, except the pictures of game 1 by Paul Mellaart, 

    Geurt Gijssen (arbiter), Loek van Wely and Ed Schröder (REBEL)

    Dutch Television

    Loek van Wely [Game 3]

    Loek van Wely [Game 1]

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    Ed and Loek [Game 1]

    Loek van Wely [Game 3]

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