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Anatoly Karpov vs Mephisto (Computer)
Simul, 21b (1983), Munich FRG
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-22-03  Whitehat1963: A computer draws with Karpov 20 years ago! How far have they really come during that time?
Dec-22-03  CapablancaRules: Or Karpov calculated badly 12.Rxe4 or he was kidding with the machine! Why not the simple 12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13.f3?
Dec-22-03  Bitzovich: my guess is that after 13. f3 there is Bc5+, and if Kh1, then Rd1, forcing exchange of rooks after which black looks good..
Dec-22-03  CapablancaRules: And after 14.Kf1?
Feb-29-04  badbadLeroyBrown: I remember that the Mephisto supposedly had a 2200+ rating, or so the manufacturer claimed.

I'm curious as to how long this game took to play. Those old chess computers used to take forever to move on the highest level.

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  BishopBerkeley: This appears to be the first game in our database, perhaps in history, in which a computer plays a World Chess Champion (current or former) to a draw!

And in this case, it was the current Champion!

I guess it should come as no surprise then that Mephisto (Computer) was the 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990 World Microcomputer Chess Champion (see bottom of this page, second list):

All quite interesting!

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Jun-10-08  Helios727: <CapablancaRules> If 12. Qxd8 Rxd8 13. f3 Bc5+ 14. Kf1 Rhf8, and now if 15. fxe4, then fx34+ 16. Ke2 Rf2#.
Jun-10-08  RookFile: I guess Karpov messed this one up, but he had enough resources to make a draw.
Jul-26-09  binno: See also Karpov vs Mephisto, 1990
Apr-16-12  JoergWalter: Maybe Karpov thought he was playing MK I and adjusted his play?
Mar-03-15  carpetshark: Instead of 20.Bd4... Alexander Khalifman's book recommends 20.g4 right away and after 20...Qa5 21.b4, Bxb4 the amazing move 22.Bb6! does the trick and Black loses.
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  perfidious: Nice clearance idea, and a bit surprising Karpov overlooked it.
Jan-09-23  Fragan: Munich simul-21b, not Hannover

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