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Fidelity (Computer) vs Kamran G Shirazi
? (1986)
Vienna Game: Stanley Variation. Meitner-Mieses Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1


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Dec-05-07  rwbean: 13. Be2 would have won easily:

13. Be2 Rb8 14. d3 Qxh1 15. Bh6;
13. Be2 Rd8 14. Qf6 Bxe2 15. Qxd8+;
13. Be2 Qxb7 14. Bxg4 Qxh1 15. Kf1.

It is hard to see how the computer could have made this mistake even in 1986. There is no time machine to take us back there though, and no record here of the time control for this game.

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  FSR: I remember seeing this game in Chess Life shortly after it was played. I believe it was a tournament game played at a normal time control, which in those days would have been 40 moves in 2 hours or some such. rwbean is right that 13.Be2! was an easy win. White's subsequent play was even worse. 14.Nf3?? was a ghastly blunder; White could still have won with 14.Ke1! Qe4+ 15.Be2! . 21.c3?? (rather than 21.Qxf3) was also a huge lemon.

It was certainly gutsy of Shirazi to knowingly play into a losing variation (4...Qf6? 5.Nd5!) against a computer, and win -- but we would have said "foolhardy" rather than "gutsy" if he'd lost, which he certainly should have. Computers of 1986 weren't as strong as they are today, of course, but even in those days they were capable of playing a lot better than this.

Sep-10-19  Helios727: Is it possible that this was the game he played against a computer in the Southern California Open in San Diego (that year)?
Sep-10-19  Granny O Doul: No, the game was played either at the US Open in New Jersey, or the World Open in Philadelphia. I remember I was there, but not where I was.
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