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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Sargon (Computer)
Hamburg (1983)
English Opening: King's English Variation. Troger Defense (A21)  ·  1-0
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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.
Mar-25-05
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  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 http://www.answers.com/topic/sargon...

Mar-25-05
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  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.
Mar-14-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: The positional pawn sac against engines in the pre-1990s seemed to be almost like money in the bank.
Mar-14-10
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?
Aug-10-17
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."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargo...

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