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David Bronstein vs Fidelity (Computer)
"Infidelity" (game of the day Aug-26-2008)
The Hague AEGON (1991), The Hague NED, May-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense McCormick Defense (C35)  ·  1-0

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Apr-29-07  Shajmaty: The 9. Be3 + 10. Kd2 is not that strong: it is only justified by 10...fxg2? Both 10...Nc6 and 10...0-0 would have posed more serious problems for White.
Aug-26-08
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  Check It Out: Bronstein is such a chess artist.
Aug-26-08  cyruslaihy: how can an engineer like brostein dare to challenge a computer on its best area--tactical calculations???
Aug-26-08  newzild: A really bold game by Bronstein. What GM these days would give up two pawns for the attack against a computer? Not many.
Aug-26-08  Comandente: There is a slight difference between giving pawns to Rybka vs. Fidelity, Newzild.
Aug-26-08  TiTi: Can someone explain, why not 6. Nxe4? Thanks you.
Aug-26-08  onesax: 5. ... Nxe4 is a pseudo-sac TiTi, if white accepts by 6. Nxe4 black wins the piece back with 6. ... d5 (and if 7. Bb5+ c6)
Aug-26-08  theraindog: This game left me feeling shocked, bewildered and inspired. Bravo Mr. Bronstein.
Aug-26-08  maxi: The beautiful tactical point behind 48.♕xb5 is that after 49.♕f5! the other Black rook cannot come to the aid of her sister.
Aug-26-08  maxi: <TiTi> 6.♘xe4 d5
Aug-26-08  futonchild: more like "Insanity"
Aug-26-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jimfromprovidence: Black missed a nice counterattacking move with 32…Nc4, threatening Nd2+.


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Now, assuming 33 Bxc4, then 33…Qxc4 keeps up the pressure, threatening Qxf1+.


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Now, if 34 Ne7+ Bxe7, then this should lead to a draw by repetition after 35 Nxh6+ Kh8.


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Aug-26-08  Chessmensch: Someone help me. Is this some kind of spoof? It's not April 1st. This machine, which was a reasonable challenge for patzers in its day, is not based on computer power or software as we know it. A GM should leave it in a puff of smoke. ?????
Aug-26-08
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  kevin86: Is this a rib? The computer played some wacky chess. I thought only humans acted this odd.

Maybe the computer "brain" formally belonged to "Abby Normal"

Aug-26-08  AniamL: 20. Nd3 does not win a piece because of 20...Qxd5!

(21. Nxd5 Rxc2+ and black is up a piece)
(21. Qxd5 Nxd5 22. Nxd5 is a B for N trade)

Aug-26-08  Marmot PFL: I still have an old fidelity out in the garage somewhere.
Aug-26-08
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  Once: I think the clue is in the date - chess computers were not so strong in 1991.
Aug-26-08  newton296: what an intense game ! wow !

look at bronstein giving up pawns for an attack ! lol !

Aug-26-08  zb2cr: <Chessmensch> & <kevin86>,

<Once> nailed it. The Fidelity chess challenger was weak by today's computer standards. Bronstein obviously decided to have some fun by playing a wacky opening line and giving away the exchange and 2 Pawns. Another game where he plays some truly amazing, if not borderline insane, moves against a computer is

Bronstein vs Deep Blue, 1996

Check that one out!

Aug-26-08  wind mind: Hello everyone!

Although I've been a member for some months now, this is the first time I post, since before I never had nothing special to say... until I saw this game!

Simply mindblowing!

I won't even bother analysing it and perhaps it's not sound (it would also take the beauty out of it), but to me this one is transcendental!

Aug-26-08  malbase: Fidelity was one of the first table and portable chess computer games. The Fidelity owner watched a Star Trek rerun and asked an engineer to design the product. Fidelity Chess at the time had all the ECO books installed in their top models. Today Fidelity has been replaced by Excalibur. Excalibur is owned by the son of the former Fidelity owner. By the way the Fidelity gammon product defeated the World Backgammon champion at the time. Fidelity also made Reversi, and checkers as well.
Mar-25-09  WhiteRook48: this Fidelity computer is crazy!
May-11-16  Christoforus Polacco: Chess poem.
Jun-18-19
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  saffuna: Game 48 in "Sorcerer's Apprentice."

Bronstein's co-author Tom Furstenberg was operating the Fidelity, and wrote down a lot of Bronstein's comments during the game.

Sep-26-21  Whitehat1963: Wow! Wild game!
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