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David Neil Lawrence Levy
D Levy 
David Levy ponders his next move against Chess 4.7.  
Number of games in database: 103
Years covered: 1963 to 1989
Last FIDE rating: 2310 (2144 rapid, 2250 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2320

Overall record: +21 -40 =37 (40.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B23 B46 B93 B90 B89
 King's Pawn Game (14) 
 Sicilian Taimanov (7) 
    B46 B45 B47 B48
 French Defense (5) 
    C13 C18 C11
 Sicilian Najdorf (4) 
    B90 B93
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (15) 
    B78 B70 B93 B74 B76
 Sicilian Dragon (11) 
    B78 B70 B71 B76 B77
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A56 A71 A75 A79 A58
 Reti System (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Levy vs R End, 1966 1-0
   D Levy vs H Camara, 1970 1-0
   D Levy vs N Karaklajic, 1972 1-0
   J A Grefe vs D Levy, 1975 0-1
   D Levy vs G Martinez Vaca, 1972 1-0
   D Levy vs J Littlewood, 1970 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   Lone Pine (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   timtiger's favorite Scotch Gambits by timtiger

GAMES ANNOTATED BY LEVY: [what is this?]
   Blitz 5 vs Belle, 1978

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(born Mar-14-1945, 74 years old) United Kingdom

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International Master and International Arbiter David Neil Lawrence Levy was born in London, England. Awarded the IM title in 1969, he won the Scottish Championship in 1968 and 1975 (=Stephen Swanson). He scored +6=5-7 at the top Olympiad board for Scotland in 1972. He is also a noted chess author and computer expert.

In 1968 he started a landmark wager of (initially) £500 with two Artificial Intelligence luminaries that no computer program would win a chess match against him within 10 years.

He won his bet in 1978 at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto by beating computer chess program CHESS 4.7 (Computer), which ran on a CDC Cyber 176 mainframe computer. These events led to a prize of $5,000 offered by Omni magazine to the authors of the first chess program to defeat Levy. The prize was not won until 1989, when IBM accepted the challenge with their chess computer Deep Thought (Computer).

History of Computer Chess: An AI perspective. Wikipedia article: David Levy (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-03-04 12:46:00

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 103  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Levy vs R V M Hall  1-0321963BCF-ch U18C13 French
2. P Jamieson vs D Levy 1-0151963BCF-ch U18A43 Old Benoni
3. D Levy vs Keene 0-1361963En Passant Club TourneyB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. D Levy vs A Mengarini  1-028196465th US OpenC21 Center Game
5. D Levy vs Laszlo Kovacs  0-1211965WchT U26 12th prelC44 King's Pawn Game
6. D Levy vs B Nagy  ½-½411966Orebro Stud olm prelim6B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
7. B Dueno vs D Levy 1-0741966Orebro Stud olm prelim6B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. J Fridjonsson vs D Levy  ½-½491966Orebro Stud olm fBB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
9. D Levy vs G Lebredo  0-1401966Orebro Stud olm fBB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. D Levy vs L Suarez  1-0541966Orebro Stud olm fBB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. D Levy vs S Bouaziz  1-0431966Orebro Stud olm fBC44 King's Pawn Game
12. D Levy vs E Whiteside  ½-½361966Orebro Stud olm fBB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. D Levy vs P Mertens  1-0521966Orebro Stud olm fBB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. D Levy vs R End 1-0351966Orebro Stud olm fBB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. D Levy vs M Basman  0-1381968Glasgow InternationalB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. D Levy vs H MacGrillen 0-1491968WchT U26 15th fin-BC45 Scotch Game
17. D Levy vs Kraidman  ½-½401968Lugano ol (Men)C44 King's Pawn Game
18. I Asmundsson vs D Levy  ½-½131968Chess Olympiad Final-BA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
19. A Prameshuber vs D Levy  1-0401968Chess Olympiad Final-BA04 Reti Opening
20. Myagmarsuren vs D Levy  ½-½291968Chess Olympiad Final-BB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. D Levy vs M J Freeman 0-1421969Glasgow League Div. 1B06 Robatsch
22. D Levy vs J Feller  1-0361969Praia da Rocha ZonalC44 King's Pawn Game
23. Gligoric vs D Levy  ½-½111969Praia da Rocha ZonalA56 Benoni Defense
24. D Levy vs Filip  ½-½171969Praia da Rocha ZonalB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
25. M Bobotsov vs D Levy  ½-½291969Praia da Rocha ZonalA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
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Mar-17-07  chessamateur: <jahhaj>

This is true. In that game Levy wanted to beat the computer at its own game rather than his own positional approach. I should get around to submitting them in a few days.

Jul-16-07  Karpova: More on the Keene-Levy mud-wrestling can be found out here:

Oct-15-07  Caissanist: David Levey's PhD thesis in robotics is proving to be rather controversial. Among other things, he is predicting (seriously?) that the state of Massachusetts will legalize marriage between humans and robots in the year 2050.

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  WannaBe: Why does that remind me so much of an episode of Futurama??
Oct-15-07  Shams: well, I for one welcome our new robot sex brides.
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  WannaBe: Gives new meaning to "Mail Ordered Bride", that's for sure.
Oct-15-07  Shams: remember "Cherry 2000", the awful (I've seen it five times) sci-fi movie about the dude and his robot lover? featuring Melanie Griffith as the bush pilot, herself not a robot but an actual woman-- not that you'd know it by her acting.
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  WannaBe: <Shams> No, but I've seen "Blade Runner", does that count? It's kinda close...
Jun-15-08  pazzed paun: anybody being following Levy's recent statements at the recent AI conference?
Sep-29-08  jerseybob: I heard Levy being interviewed on the radio a couple months back and some of his statements were, er, interesting. To fill in a little more bio info for PVS, Levy lived in NYC for a time in the mid-60's and in either '64 or '65 came in third in the City Junior Championship behind Soltis and Browne.
Oct-03-08  Karpova: David Levy's article <Brain Games: The Full Truth> with an introduction by Yasser Seirawan :

As Seirawan writes in his introduction:

<Once more IM David Levy explains the extraordinary circumstances that led up to the creation of Brain Games and how it came into being. His tale is a woeful one of intrigue and dirty dealing.>

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

< I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one. >

-- David Levy

I prefer to win one way or the other. :D

Apr-10-09  Dredge Rivers: I never trust anyone with more than three names!
Jul-29-09  myschkin: . . .

"Raymundo contra Mundum"

(by David Neil Lawrence Levy )

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  wordfunph: "Once, in Portugal, I played in a tournament at which the strongest players, the organizers, and their friends had accommodations in a first-class hotel while the rest of us were valued at the two stars less and had to put up with food that frequently contained flies (some alive, some dead)."

- IM David Levy

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  HeMateMe: I remember when Omni magazine offerred the $5,000 prize money for a program that could beat Levy. Omni mag was pretty cool; it was a blend of science and sci fi, very readable. Part of the Bob Guccionne (Penthouse magazine) empire, it was cancelled due to poor circulation.
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  whiteshark: "I recall it being suggested to Ray some years ago that he had sold his soul to the devil. He actually quite liked that idea, and probably considers that the devil paid way over the going rate."

~ David Levy

Mar-05-12  King Death: <whiteshark> The subject of the quote is (I assume) <ray keene>.

Levy can say what he wants but if I understand things right he has a few things to answer for himself.

Maybe he should remember the one about stones and glass houses....

Sep-16-13  Karpova: David Levy in an open letter: <Over the years I have stood by you loyally, giving you moral support when others attacked your reputation. We have shared many birthdays together. You are the uncle of my children and I of your son. Yet all of this obviously means nothing to you when you see a possibility based on selfish greed. Have you really reached a point in your life when nothing is more important than making money, not caring how you make it or who you hurt in the process?>

From <Raymundo contra Mundum> ('Kingpin' 32, 2000):

Sep-16-13  RedShield: <We have shared many birthday cakes together.> You can't beat a nice bit of birthday cake, washed down with a glass of milk, can you?
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  perfidious: Quote of the Day:

<I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one.>

One wonders whether he felt this laudable sentiment after getting smashed in Spassky vs D Levy, 1974, before many hundreds of players and spectators.

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  Sally Simpson: in 1971 Ed Kozdrowicki made a $1.000 dollar bet with David Levy at the breakfast table that his machine could beat him at chess. Levy accepted the bet.

His machine was COKO III and that very afternoon whilst playing in the United States Computer Chess Championship, it got stuck in a loop v Genie.

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It could not decide which was better Qb2 mate or Bc4 mate and went onto lose.

"Kozdrowicki was heard to mutter darkly that he's made a dam 'fool bet that morning at breakfast."

Page 130. Total Chess by David Spanier.

Apr-24-18  Petrosianic: Levy did win his bet in 1977, but he did lose one game in that match (halfway on purpose, as he played a bonkers opening after he had nearly clinched victory), and became the first IM to lose a single game to a computer.

But who was the first GM to lose one? Was it Kasparov? Or someone else?

Apr-24-18  Marmot PFL: Larsen lost to Deep Thought Larsen vs Deep Thought, 1988
Apr-24-18  Petrosianic: Ah, thanks, I'll check that out.

And I think my memory is playing tricks on me. Rather than playing bonkers openings in the game he lost in that 1977 match, Levy had been playing bonkers openings in all the OTHER games. Now that I think of it, in the game Levy lost, he played a straightforward opening and tried to out-calculate the computer.

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