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David Bronstein vs Socrates (Computer)
"Cup of Hemlock" (game of the day Dec-14-2015)
Aegon (1992), The Hague NED, rd 1
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Mieses Defense (C52)  ·  1-0
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Jun-16-02
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  Sneaky: After 18. Nxc3! Bronstein is down 2 pawns and a whole piece! And from there, he procedes to turn the computer into a smoldering heap of burning circuitry.
Aug-28-04  Nezhmetdinov: It's a stunning game - at his age! Bronstein was 68 when he played this gem.
Dec-14-15  stst: Is David Bronstein still there? Quite amazing in 1992 there's a computer to fight against him!!

Like Paul Keres, I think Bronstein is WC calibre, just by a twist, they could not make it.

Dec-14-15  stst: 2 occasions don't get it:

16.Nf7 forks the Q and R, why not?

29.Be7+ and R takes the Q, why not?

Dec-14-15  wrap99: In the final position, what is the immediate threat that Black can't meet? Say Black plays Rc8 -- what does White do?
Dec-14-15  beatgiant: <stst>
<16.Nf7 forks> but Black has 16...Qb6+ escaping the fork.

<29.Be7+ and R takes the Q> but White would have to trade a rook and a bishop for it and remains behind too much material.

Dec-14-15  beatgiant: <wrap99>
In the final position Black will probably drop at least a bishop in the near future to stop the further march of the h-pawn.
Dec-14-15
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  al wazir: White was struggling to find a plan at there at the end. I think 25. Qf7+ would have been an easier way to win: 25...Kd8 26. Rfd1, with the threats of Rxd4+ and Rc1.
Dec-14-15  pedro99: 51...Rc8 52.Qh8ch-Kf7 53.Rfich-Kg6
54.h5ch-Kg5 55.Qf6ch Kh5: 56.Rf4 will force mate after a spite check or two
Dec-14-15  Ben0891: @pedro99 in your 51.. Rc8 variation, 54. Rf6 is mate.
Dec-14-15  Ferro: Congratulations
Dec-14-15  Ferro: Very well
Dec-14-15
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  kevin86: Black must lose a rook.
Dec-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: ¬¬¬
David Bronstein: Socrates! Hey, we know that name!

Isaac Boleslavsky: Yeah! Hey, <[hands David Bronstein a book]> Look him up. Oh, it's under So-craytz.

Dec-14-15  Titopoet: Bronstien would have been WC but for being caught in the Soviet system and their preference for Botvinnik. One of my favorite players of all time.
Dec-14-15  dgm1214: Indeed!
Dec-14-15  goodevans: I never knew that they named a chess computer after one of my heroes: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sóc....
Dec-14-15
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  WannaBe: And after this game was over, it also drank hemlocks.
Dec-14-15  mikrohaus: At many times I was wondering why the game wasn't ended. Apparently Socrates, which I never heard of, will only play to the bitter end. And the programmers don't play chess.

Still, I think it's very fascinating to see the defensive resources of computers to be dead in the end, "know" it, but keep trying.

Maybe that's a lesson.

Dec-14-15  wrap99: <beatgiant> thanks.
Jul-12-16  newzild: <wrap99> and <beatgiant>:

In the final position, the threat of 52. Qh8+ (winning the Ra8) is very hard to meet, eg:

51...Rc8
52. Qh8+ Kf7
53. Rf1+ Kg6
54. Rf6#

Or

51...Bc8
52. Qh5+ Kf8
53. Rd8+ Kg7
54. Qg5+ Kf7
55. Qg8+ Kf6

and Black is soon mated.

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