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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: 92
Years covered: 1963 to 1989
Last FIDE rating: 2310
Highest rating achieved in database: 2320

Overall record: +18 -37 =32 (39.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B23 B48 B47 B90 B93
 King's Pawn Game (13) 
    C44
 Sicilian Taimanov (6) 
    B48 B47 B45 B46
 Sicilian Najdorf (4) 
    B93 B90
 French Defense (4) 
    C18 C13 C11
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (13) 
    B78 B23 B93 B71 B51
 Sicilian Dragon (9) 
    B78 B70 B76 B72 B71
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A58 A75 A71 A79 A56
 Reti System (4) 
    A04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Levy vs R End, 1966 1-0
   D Levy vs J Littlewood, 1970 1-0
   D Levy vs N Karaklajic, 1972 1-0
   D Levy vs G Forintos, 1975 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   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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DAVID NEIL LAWRENCE LEVY
(born Mar-14-1945, 72 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. http://video.google.com/videoplay?d... Wikipedia article: David Levy (chess player)

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

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 92  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  1-0281964US OpenC21 Center Game
5. D Levy vs L Kovacs  0-1211965WchT U26 12th prelC44 King's Pawn Game
6. D Levy vs E Whiteside  ½-½361966Orebro Stud olm fBB03 Alekhine's Defense
7. D Levy vs B Nagy  ½-½411966Orebro Stud olm prelim6B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
8. D Levy vs S Bouaziz  1-0431966Orebro Stud olm fBC44 King's Pawn Game
9. D Levy vs L Suarez  1-0541966Orebro Stud olm fBB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. D Levy vs G Lebredo  0-1401966Orebro Stud olm fBB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. D Levy vs R End 1-0351966Orebro Stud olm fBB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. J Fridjonsson vs D Levy  ½-½491966Orebro Stud olm fBB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
13. D Levy vs P Mertens  1-0521966Orebro Stud olm fBB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. B Dueno vs D Levy 1-0741966Orebro Stud olm prelim6B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. D Levy vs H MacGrillen 0-1491968WchT U26 15th fin-BC45 Scotch Game
16. I Asmundsson vs D Levy  ½-½131968Chess Olympiad Final-BA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
17. A Prameshuber vs D Levy  1-0401968Chess Olympiad Final-BA04 Reti Opening
18. Myagmarsuren vs D Levy  ½-½291968Chess Olympiad Final-BB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. D Levy vs F Visier Segovia  ½-½571969Praia da Rocha ztB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. D Levy vs Minic  ½-½271969Praia da RochaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
21. D Levy vs M J Freeman 0-1421969Glasgow League Div. 1B06 Robatsch
22. Gligoric vs D Levy  ½-½111969Praia da Rocha ztA56 Benoni Defense
23. D Levy vs J Feller  1-0361969Praia da Rocha ztC44 King's Pawn Game
24. D Levy vs Filip  ½-½171969Praia da Rocha ztB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
25. M Bobotsov vs D Levy  ½-½291969Praia da Rocha ztA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 92  PGN Download
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Mar-14-07  jahhaj: Where are Levy's games against Chess 4.7? That match was a huge event in the development of computer chess.

Even on the 4 7 CHESS (Computer) page no-one seems to remember this match. It's quite sad really.

Mar-14-07  chessamateur: <jahhaj> I have a book that contains those games with a small amount of commentary by David Levy. I should soon submit them.
Mar-14-07  jahhaj: <chessamateur> Good stuff, I used to have a book with the games (long gone now). I should enjoy playing through them again.

If I recall correctly his one loss was the first loss by an IM against a computer under true match conditions.

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: http://www.samsloan.com/levykeen.htm

Oct-15-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cf...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/li...

Oct-15-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Oct-15-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Oct-15-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 :

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skitt...

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.>

Nov-25-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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"

http://www.chesscenter.com/kingpin/...

(by David Neil Lawrence Levy )

Nov-09-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Nov-10-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Mar-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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): http://www.kingpinchess.net/2013/09...

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?
Feb-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Apr-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Here with White to play


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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.

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