Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Mikhail Botvinnik vs Sargon (Computer)
Hamburg (1983)
English Opening: King's English Variation. Troger Defense (A21)  ·  1-0


explore this opening
find similar games 1,179 more games of Botvinnik
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: If you missed a Game of the Day, you can review the last year of games at our Game of the Day Archive.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-02-04  EnglishOpeningc4: Botvinnik's last game and what a way to step out
Feb-27-05  RookFile: Botvinnik wins on the rook file! :)
Mar-25-05  muddywaters: i had sargon in the 80's on my old commodore 64, that was a terrible chessprogram, once i wanted to hit en passent and it didn't know it. and you couldn't promote to a kinight ar rook, only to a queen. funny program though, although i was a very little kid then.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: Later versions of Sargon were much better. It was ground-breaking technology at the time. I remember skimming though a book written by the authors Dan and Kathe Spracklen. It was one of the first programs that used piece-mobility and pawn-structure as part of its heuristics to evaluate positions, instead of simply bean-counting.

More info

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Thanks, Sneaky, interesting link. I was very impressed with Sargon back in the day.
Jun-14-05  Warrush: Botvinnik did a great job on the kings rook file. Excellent last game!
Jun-14-05  DanRoss53: Indeed! Classic anti-computer play here by Botvinnik letting the computer grab pawns while weaking the position.
Aug-28-05  RookFile: I must say, when I try moves like
10. h3 against the computer, it just
eats the pawn, and 15 moves later, I'm resigning. Botvinnik's 10. h3 really impresses me here.
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: The positional pawn sac against engines in the pre-1990s seemed to be almost like money in the bank.
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: and Botvinnik was 72 years old when he played this game.
Aug-17-11  DiscoJew: Is this the last game? fully, completely?
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: "The famous three-time world chess champion Mikhail Botvinnik played a game with Sargon in 1983 at Hamburg. He did not play his best moves but only tested the program's capabilities. Botvinnik himself was also involved in chess program development."

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
justwatcher's favorite games
by justwatcher
Close center, K-side attack
from English Opening by maloophet
My hero's last stand
from EnglishOpeningc4 presents: English Opening (c4) by EnglishOpeningc4
Art of War's favorite games 7
by Art of War
Computer - GM games 1963-2002
by biglo

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC