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Chess (Computer) vs Nigel Short
London m/7 (1977)
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Modern Transfer (C32)  ·  0-1



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  technical draw: Compx Chess 46 said after the game.."alright so I lost this game, just wait in 30 years we will rule the world"..That's like next year guys.
Dec-08-06  ianD: Given Kramnik's Defeat Dec 2006 move like Qxb7 seem far removed from current computers. I vote that we bring back the Diode!! All modern chess computers should be forced to have them!
Dec-08-06  DutchDunce: <Freearcade Chess> Sheesh, I went a pawn down against this ridiculous program, and overlooked the fact I had a mate in one for about five moves. But eventually I triumphed. Good match for my peanut brain.
Jan-16-07  Tactic101: Give me a break! If computers can play stupidly, what hope do the rest of us have?
Jan-16-07  babakova: in 1977
you're on the never never
you think it can't go on forever
but the papers say it's better
i don't care 'cos i'm not all there
no elvis, beatles or the rolling stones...
Jan-17-07  Tactic101: Oh brilliant. Was this the first chess playing computer? If it is, the programmers get the dubious mention of programming the worst chess computer. I read somewhere in a book that computers become twice as powerful each year. Maybe this is another good example.......

And now, for the ultimate match! Deep Fritz vs. Compx Chess 46! Past vs. Present! Who are you betting on? Just kidding ;)

Jan-17-07  Tomlinsky: In 1977 if a programmer had 4KB ROM, 16KB RAM and a 5 1/4" floppy drive with an access time of a few seconds available they would have felt cutting edge.

Having said that, erm... LOL?

Aug-31-07  dabearsrock1010: 10.Qxb7 is a complex positional sacrifice which I will not try to explain unless you are above 2200 in which case we can do so on my forum, the real howler of course being 11.Bc4???????, when of course 11.Nxh4 Nxh4 12.Bxf5 threatening the tremendously weak c7 square gives white only a small advantage (maybe not enough to win) but tremendous initiative.
Jan-30-08  jovack: At first I looked at white as if something tremendous was going to happen. Saw the queen take the pawn... sat and looked, then I just started to laugh.

Good times.

Dec-14-08  WhiteRook48: 10. Qxb7??? I guess the computer's programmer forgot to tell it that a c8-Bishop defends b7.
Dec-19-08  ZIMMIE: i'm glad i did not have shares in that computer company
Jun-09-09  hedgeh0g: <i'm glad i did not have shares in that computer company>


Oct-11-09  Cercatore: Short circuit
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  Domdaniel: Some time after this debacle, I was present at the first ever tournament between humans and computers. I wasn't allowed to play, though - organizer Tim Harding restricted it to people rated below 1700 to give the comps a chance. The humans won anyway.

Those were the days.

Dec-09-09  DaveyL: Not sure anyone would dare whip out the Falkbeer counter-gambit vs Rybka 3 these days!
Dec-09-09  Intrepid Spiff: What the f#$£ ?
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  HeMateMe: I guess the silicon monsters were just hamsters, back in the day. I remember around this time, maybe '78, Fischer played something called "The Greenblatt Program", made by computer engineers from MIT. Fischer crunched the program pretty badly. I remember it being published in the New York Times or Chess Life, and playing over the game.

Despite an easy Fischer victory, you can feel a hunch, just a twitch, that these chess programs were going to get better and better.

Dec-01-10  Tigranny: This could be the blunder of the millenium, 10. Qxb7????! I've never seen a computer blunder before!
Dec-02-10  RandomVisitor: CHESS 4.6

Chess computer program written at Northwestern University by David Slate and Larry Atkin. In February 1977, it won the Minnesota Open Championship. In August 1977, it won the second [computer] World Championship. In September 1977, it achieved a 2000 rating in a tournament in London. On September 18, 1977 it was the first computer to beat a grandmaster when it defeated GM Michael Stean in London.

It also played 10.Qxb7...

Jun-11-11  ragtag: Life's too short to remove CC4.6 games safely !?
Jun-14-11  DrMAL: When they let me (it was hosted on their huge mainframe CDC Cyber 6600) I used to wail on this 4.6 version at Northwestern in 1979 as a kid too, it was computer WC at that time, Bell Labs' BELLE won in 1980. It was also famous for winning A-level (human) tournaments and achieving the first USCF expert rating.

In 1979 it's rating was supposedly around 2080 but it often played more like a chimp than a champ. Paired against 12 year old British chess champ Nigel was bound to be entertaining. It plays pretty well here until it sees a banana at b7...having played the machine many times I never saw it do anything like that! "It can only be attributable to human error" -HAL 9000

Feb-11-12  Nemesistic: My 'Kasparov coffee break' game on my first ever cell phone could beat this computer..
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  AylerKupp: Maybe Compx Chess 46 thought that it was playing the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn variation with colors reversed and didn't notice that ...Bg4 wasn't played.

Moral: Never trust your opening book!

Mar-10-17  offramp: Could easily be the worst move on the whole of
Oct-08-22  ndg2: Did Nigel sprinkle some lemonade over his opponents circuits or what was 10.Qxb7?
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