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Robert James Fischer vs Greenblatt (Computer)
"Greenblatt with Envy" (game of the day Apr-08-2007)
Computer Match (1977), Cambridge, MA USA
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Bledow Countergambit (C33)  ·  1-0
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Apr-16-07  RookFile: Well, I imagine the computer was some big mainframe monstrosity. For this game to have been played somewhere other than Cambridge, MIT would have had to box this thing up and fly it somewhere (a dial-up modem those days got about 300 baud maximum). Anything's possible, but it would have been an undertaking.
Apr-17-07
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  Joshka: <Rwbean> Thanks for your input, I just wish the life of me I could remember where I was reading about the games; come to think of it, it might have been Larry C's know defunct chess newspaper, called "Chessplayer's News"..or something like that....I'll have to get down to my storage room and do some sifting...thanks again:-)
May-18-07  piroflip: Bobby take this machine apart for sure but I remember reading in a chess mag's report on this game that it had a rating of 185BCF. This equates to almost 2100!!
May-18-07  Tal rules: Computers those days...Fischer just smashed it. I'm about 1500 and I could have done ok against it.
Aug-19-07  IMDONE4: <piroflip: Bobby take this machine apart for sure but I remember reading in a chess mag's report on this game that it had a rating of 185BCF. This equates to almost 2100!!>

well, just about any top grandmaster would completely dismantle a 2100...

Aug-19-07  D4n: This must have been a "yawn game" for Fischer.
Jan-07-08  m0nkee1: Joshovi as you say rh8 leads to mate in 1 which could be prevented by kf8 instead... but rh8 is the best material move... (if u didn't loose next go) interesting as early programmes use alpha beta pruning which is bascialy logic on how to swap / capture pieces. Not to checkmate...
Feb-12-08  TheDude: The Greenblatt-Team had forget to program the "Resign" function. ;-)
Feb-12-08  D4n: Playground Player, both...
Jun-18-08  DFelter: I've always been curious what the original source for these games is - it doesn't seem like anyone knows. Looking around the Web for a bit, I came across some text in Google Books, page 138 of Bobby Fischer: The Wandering King: http://books.google.com/books?id=Fb...

Something is mentioned about 3 Fischer games against Mac Hack VI, but I'm not sure if it relates to the 3 Greenblatt games. See page 140.

Jan-03-09  WhiteRook48: Fischer plays THIS game against the silly old silicon?
Jan-26-09  pokpih: wonder will fischer wins against rybka 3
Feb-24-09  WhiteRook48: Computers functioned in 1977?
Jun-25-09
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  FSR: Ah, the good old days when computers were fish.
Jun-25-09
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  TheFocus: DFelter: Mac Hack VI is another name for the Greenblatt Computer. Just Google Greenblatt Computer to see other names.
Sep-16-09  WhiteRook48: after 1975??
Jul-14-10  tentsewang: 19.Rc1 LOL, Fischer really wanted to have some fun with that computer.
Jun-04-11  Graham1973: I first read about these games in 'Fischer Mysteries' by Edward Winter.

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

I'm glad to see that those games have survived while other Grandmaster v Computer games from around the same period do not appeared to have.

But the real question is, what happened to the score(s) of the training match Fisher is supposed to have carried out with Jack Collins in the same year?

Jul-05-11  piroflip: A lot of smart a$$ comments but computers had to start somewhere.

At 2100 ELO it would beat most of the critics here despite their bravado.

Why do people dismiss the efforts of the early engines? Rybka was never going to be invented overnight; it took time and a lot of effort.

Sep-11-11
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  juan31: los comentarios aun no terminan sobre este juego,la genialidad del Maestro seguira comentado, ¿cuanto tiempo? muy dificil de decir, creo sera sin tiempo, en ingles creo seria timeless
Jul-18-12  Vinpi: Fischer won several games very easily with the bishop's gambit. The king's gambit is plenty of positionnal traps. The sacrifice 10. ♘xg5!! could not be serious for an old computer.
Feb-15-14  RookFile: 9.... g5 is logical. It protects a pawn, and gets a dangerous looking pawn storm rolling towards white's king. Fischer's 10. Nxg5!! is the move of the game.
May-28-17
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  Joshka: Was living near Cambridge during this time period and NEVER heard of this 3 game match. Was it played by fax? Maybe Bobby was NOT even in Cambridge? Recall reading about these games in a Massachusetts Chess journal around 1979. Who set the match up? Any info much appreciated!!!
May-29-17
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  diceman: <RookFile: Well, I imagine the computer was some big mainframe monstrosity. For this game to have been played somewhere other than Cambridge, MIT would have had to box this thing up and fly it somewhere (a dial-up modem those days got about 300 baud maximum).>

At about that time, Ken Thompson was using “acoustic” modems for his chess computer Belle.

May-16-18  bobbyperezchess: Greenblatt is like a 1500-rated player against Bobby Fischer here!
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