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Fritz (Computer) vs Garry Kasparov
Intel World Chess Express Challenge (1994) (blitz), Munich GER, May-20
Modern Defense: Averbakh. Bronstein-Hug Variation (A42)  ·  0-1


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Apr-30-03  Samoan Freak: The score doesn't come up!
May-01-03  BrandonIke: score does, 0-1 kasparov won, but the moves don't.
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  lostemperor: It is the same position and result as the famous 2nd game of the Fischer vs. Spassky match!
Jul-28-04  chess4games: What happend to this game? Moves don't come up. Oh well. I'll just trust that Kasparov won.
Jul-28-04  PizzatheHut: I can see the moves. Try using Sjkbase as your viewer. This game is pretty amusing. Kasparov embarassed Fritz pretty badly.
Jul-28-04  chess4games: Yeah. Use Sjkbase. Really a funny Checkmate I've ever seen.
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  MissScarlett: Report by Frederic Friedel (Chess Monthly, July 1994, p.14):

<Fritz marched on, winning many, losing two and ending with a score of 12 1/2 points out of 17 games. It shared first prize with Kasparov. The performance calculated for the program was over 2800 points (world championship class).

After a short pause there was a playoff between man and machine, between the world champion and the presumptuous Fritz. Garry spent the half-hour break pondering his strategy and appeared at the board in high spirits. "I'm going to teach it a lesson," he said, "and I know exactly how I'm going to do it." In the first game he reached a promising position but dropped the win in the endgame. Was the unthinkable going to happen? No way! In the following game Fritz met its master and was put away with three convincing victories and a draw. The Grandmasters following the games on a monitor outside the playing hall burst into enthusiastic catcalls as the computer was ground down to mate in the final game.>

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  Sally Simpson: More background from an article on ChessBase:

In the first half of 1994 Intel staged what was possibly the strongest blitz tournament of all times.

17 GMs with an Elo average of 2625, and one computer running Fritz 3, played a round robin blitz tournament in Munich, Germany.

The hardware was an Olivetti with the latest Intel processor, a Pentium 90 MHz, one of only three such powerful machines in Europe.

To everyone's surprise Fritz beat GMs Chernin, Anand, Cvitan, Gelfand, Wojtkiewicz, Hjartarson, Kasparov, Kramnik and Short (in that order) to finish equal first with Kasparov.

In the playoff a very determined Kasparov demolished the machine 4:1."

And Bill Hartston writing in The Independent 1994.

Bill says it was Fritz 2, it was probably Fritz 3. Fritz 3 won the 1995 World Computer Chess Championship in Hong Kong.

Bill makes a very good prediction also adding his sobering thought.

"In a day of five-minute games, it beat Kasparov, Short, Anand, Kramnik and Gelfand. Finally, Fritz 2 and Kasparov shared first place.

Kasparov won the play-off by 4-1, but it is only a matter of time before the machine overtakes even him.

Meanwhile, here's a sobering thought:

Fritz 2 can examine more positions during a single game than a human being can in an entire lifetime. "

For some reason the final moves have been blanked out. Maybe C.G. does not want us kibitzers hurling 'catcalls' at Fritz's final moves.

The final position.

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  MissScarlett: <For some reason the final moves have been blanked out.>

The game score has the moves in {}, which renders them as a variation.

<Bill says it was Fritz 2, it was probably Fritz 3.>

It was Fritz 3.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Miss Scarlett,

It does say in the first report it '...was ground down to mate in the final game."

Do you think this was the last game or are they perhaps talking about another game.

Would a computer resign in 5 minute game?

Just want to know if the last bit should added of if it is indeed analysis.

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  MissScarlett: Last bit should be added, I'm sure. I don't know the original source of the games from this event (which aren't complete in the DB), but they may well come from Chessbase.
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  AylerKupp: <<Sally Simpson> Would a computer resign in 5 minute game?>

A computer would resign any game regardless of its duration if the conditions for its resignation have been met. A typical condition is an evaluation greater than a given threshold (say [9.00], effectively a queen down) for its opponent for a specified number of consecutive moves (say 3). But, of course, these are adjustable depending on the GUI.

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  Sally Simpson: The final moves have been added.

Hi AylerKupp,

I thought given the limited time it might play on till mate making all those silly moves it does to avoid getting mated quicker.

Here as Black

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It would play on delaying the mate by 3 moves.

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