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Chess Genius (Computer) vs Lembit Oll
"Oll In a Day's Work" (game of the day Feb-27-11)
The Hague AEGON (1997)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. English Attack (B90)  ·  0-1
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Feb-27-11
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  Phony Benoni: Those thrilling days of yesteryear, when humans could still compete with computers--and win with tactics.

I suppose that 18...Bxa5 is based on 19.Rxa5 Qc7 20.Rxa6 Qxc4, and the rook has to stay on the a-file. The way White played it also preserved material equality, but that bishop on b6 kept White's king in the center and the Rh1 inactive.

With the king still at home, 22...e4 is natural. White then wasted a few too many kilobytes saving the pawn on d5, apparently discounting the passedivity of the e-pawn.

And, of course, Black snatches the d-pawn anyway, since after 28...Nxd5 29.Bxd5 Rxd5 30.Qxd5 Qe3, the threat of 31...Qf2+ and promoting the pawn with double check decides.

The finish would be almost anything Black chooses. 31...Rg6, threatening 32...Rxg3 and mayhem, is one juicy possibility.

The pun is sort of ironic. In 1997, this game would still have been routine for a top GM. Today, a result like this against Houdini or Rybka would be a sensation.

Feb-27-11
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  jahhaj: <passedivity> nice one
Feb-27-11  Llawdogg: Sadly, Lem Oll took his own life not long after this game.
Feb-27-11  donehung: I wonder who told the computer to resign?
Feb-27-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  chrisowen: Sun shining dfile give h5s a chance? Meter out just ickle pe2 dash it good pew, against iffy alien handling. 5.a6 najdoor faust intro you blest siddartha this interesting ennui now cop a gain mys take:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. O-O-O Be6 10. f3 h5 11. Qf2 Nbd7 12. h3 h4 13. Bd3 Qc7 14. Kb1 Rfe8 15. Qxh4 Nc5 16. Nxc5 dxc5 17. Qg3 c4 18. Be2 b5 19. a3 b4 20. axb4 Rab8 21. Bd4 Rxb4 22. Bxe5 Qb6 23. Na2 Rxb2+ 24. Bxb2 Ba3 25. Qe5 Rb8

Feb-27-11  selfmate: At the time the best engines, like Genius, playing on stock hardware, were around IM strength at tournament time controls.

It might now seem a little naive, but many people then were still skeptical that chess computers would ever reach world champion strength or above. Games, like this one, provided the supporting evidence for their opinions.

Feb-27-11  Oginschile: Computers have beaten us at chess, now at Jeopardy, tomorrow they'll beat us at being human.

I already feel more attached to my laptop than I do to some of my closest friends some days.

Still waiting for that first Stand-Up routine from a cyborg... but i have no doubt the day is coming.

Feb-27-11
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  Phony Benoni: <Oginschile: Computers have beaten us at chess, now at Jeopardy, tomorrow they'll beat us at being human.>

I hope not. Surely they'll be able to do better than that.

Feb-27-11  Tomlinsky: <Phony Benoni: I hope not. Surely they'll be able to do better than that.>

Sure they will. Even a 4-bit microcontroller used in an old washing machine is capable of being more intellectually honest and objective about what it 'knows' than we'll ever be it seems. *sigh*

Feb-28-11
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  kevin86: "Triumph of Big Oll". Heck,that's how they pronounce it in Texas.
Apr-18-11  Lil Swine: spoi- "oll"- ed.
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