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Boris Valeryevich Alterman vs Sjeng (Computer)
Clock Simultaneous Exhibition (2002), Maastricht, Jul-09
Indian Game: London System (A46)  ·  0-1


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May-15-05  soberknight: I'm not sure what caused White to resign, but I have a more basic question. At what point does anti-computer strategy stop being cute and just becomes bad chess?
May-15-05  aw1988: <soberknight> 1. f3 2. Kf2.
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  keypusher: 23 ♖b3+ 24 ♘xb3 ♕c3+ looks like an answer to your first question (I'll bet there is more than one answer), and "somewhere short of white's play in this game" looks like the answer to your second. And now a question for you: is the human just supposed to play right into the computer's tactical strength?
May-15-05  soberknight: <is the human just supposed to play right into the computer's tactical strength?> No. Anyone who has tried playing the King's Gambit against a good computer knows this painfully. However, it is possible to play slow, positional chess without creating weaknesses in your pawn structure or king position.

In my opinion, the most beautiful "human beats computer" game played to date is Kasparov vs X3D Fritz, 2003. In this game, Kasparov establishes a queenside space advantage and breaks through patiently. He plays anti-computer moves by bringing his king to a1, instead of the more obvious kingside castling, but this does not weaken his position in any way.

May-15-05  Milo: I thought the human WAS supposed to play right into the computer's tactical strength. How silly of me.

More seriously, where does white steer this game into tactical channels? With 13.g4 ...? Or is it earlier?

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  keypusher: <soberknight> Have you looked at Nemeth's games against computers? There are some on this site. He brings anti-computer strategy to whole new levels of ugliness, but it works pretty well for him.
May-17-05  aw1988: Nxc3!! is beautiful. "Sjeng" realized that the attack on the c-file was enough to win.
Nov-25-05  csmath: <I'm not sure what caused White to resign, but I have a more basic question. At what point does anti-computer strategy stop being cute and just becomes bad chess?>

There is a mate in 5 moves coming.
Second question is a good one but the answer is in this game. I think these days nothing short of top elite players have a chance and the chances for win are rare. Anti-computer strategy works still but less and less.

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