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Lev Alburt vs Deep Thought (Computer)
89th US Open (1988), Boston, MA USA, rd 10, Aug-17
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Janowski-Larsen Variation (D25)  ·  1-0


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Mar-29-04  ArturoRivera: This is another prove of what a human can do against a computer, altough the computer has a greater analisis and can see further, human thinking and creativity greatly rush the omputer thinking.
Jul-10-04  JacoPastorius: Wow, that's simply not true of this game at all. On page 79 of Feng-Hsiung Hsu's "Behind Deep Blue," the loss is explained. Before move 52, the computer has analyzed a move that would result in a draw. "For reasons unknown, Deep Thought found the move, but then decided to look for an alternate drawing move. The new move however, lost outright." A bug in the software's time allocation forced the computer to spend 20 minutes trying to rediscover that original draw move. The game should have been a draw.
Jul-10-04  Dionyseus: Wow, how did Deep Thought miss 52..Rg2+ ??
Fritz 7 found it in less than a second!

In fact, Fritz thinks 52..h3 is the 6th best move, and that it loses by about 3 pawns.

Oct-28-05  garfi: what, deep thought lost?
Nov-06-15  happyjuggler0: <JacoPastorius> In other words, Deep Thought blundered.
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  perfidious: And Ah thought Pastorius was long gone.

Shows what Ah know!

Nov-06-15  happyjuggler0: <perfidious> After your comment it occurred to me that there might actually be a Jaco Pastorius, presumably deceased. Sure enough:

I guess I am just musically ignorant....

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  perfidious: A better example of the silicon wretch's capabilities from this event may be seen in Deep Thought vs Igor Ivanov, 1988; I had lost to the computer in a previous round and was a bit put out at the way I had played. Then came this demolition.
Mar-16-17  RookFile: Alburt made the most of his chances in the endgame. I guess the computer missed a draw, but Alburt's play was instructive - he went all in on forcing the f pawn up the board.
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