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Deep Thought (Computer) vs Ross Sprague
Pittsburgh (1988), Pittsburgh, PA USA, rd 1
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  1-0


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Aug-06-09  LIFE Master AJ: What a long game, unfortunately, I am falling asleep as I look at it. (It's 0535 AM here.)
Nov-14-10  heckonwheels: I wish they had one of Ross's games against a human opponent. He said he played Fischer once. It's a shame I didn't know Ross in his prime. He only plays a few tournaments a year now.
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  GrahamClayton: This game was played in the first round of the Fredkin Masters Open.

"Deep Thought's first opponent was Ross Sprague, rated 2339 on the wall chart, was a lawyer from out of town who played conservatively. The game was still undecided when it was time to adjourn till the next morning....I came back early the next day to finish the game with Ross. We both knew that the game was heading to a draw but that Ross could try to avoid the draw by playing a risky move. But first, he played on for a while to see if Deep Thought would self-destruct. Finally, he figured that a 2339-rated human player should beat a 2200 machine and took the risk. Deep Thought's evaluation immediately jumped up, and a few moves later, Ross threw in the towel."

Feng-Hsiung Hsu, "Behind Deep Blue:
Building the Computer That Defeated the World Chess Champion", Princeton University Press, 2002, page 73.

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