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Mephisto (Computer) vs Ortvin Sarapu
Computer Game (1989), Auckland, NZ
Bishop's Opening: Berlin Defense (C24)  ·  1-0

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Jan-21-11
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  Domdaniel: One can't blame Sarapu for this debacle. In 1989, strong players generally held computers in contempt, and often tried to smash them with the tactical techniques that worked against weaker humans.

Around the same time, I watched as a Mephisto went to 5/5 and 5.5/6 in the Mulcahy tournament in Ireland. A series of 2300-rated players lost because they didn't know how to play against engines.

After this, positional anti-engine strategies kept the carbon lifeforms on top for another few years, before silicon finally asserted its dominance in the 2nd Kasparov-DeepBlue match.

The most striking discovery in all of this was the fact that even the best human players regularly made short-range tactical oversights.

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