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D Levy 
David Levy ponders his next move against Chess 4.7.  
David Neil Lawrence Levy
Number of games in database: 84
Years covered: 1963 to 1989
Last FIDE rating: 2310
Highest rating achieved in database: 2320
Overall record: +14 -37 =28 (35.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      5 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B23 B47 B90 B48 B93
 King's Pawn Game (11) 
    C44
 Sicilian Taimanov (6) 
    B47 B48 B46 B45
 Sicilian Najdorf (4) 
    B90 B93
 French Defense (4) 
    C18 C11 C13
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B78 B71 B23 B77 B51
 Sicilian Dragon (8) 
    B78 B71 B77 B72 B76
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A79 A71 A56 A58 A75
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Levy vs R End, 1966 1-0
   D Levy vs G Forintos, 1975 1/2-1/2
   J Grefe vs D Levy, 1975 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1975)

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

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DAVID NEIL LAWRENCE LEVY
(born Mar-14-1945) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
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 Wikipedia article: David Levy %28chess player%29


 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 84  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Levy vs R V M Hall  1-032 1963 BCF-ch U18C13 French
2. P Jamieson vs D Levy 1-015 1963 BCF-ch U18A43 Old Benoni
3. D Levy vs Keene 0-136 1963 En Passant Club TourneyB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. D Levy vs A Mengarini  1-028 1964 US OpenC21 Center Game
5. D Levy vs L Kovacs  0-121 1965 WchT U26 12th prelC44 King's Pawn Game
6. D Levy vs S Bouaziz  1-043 1966 Orebro Stud olm fBC44 King's Pawn Game
7. D Levy vs B Nagy  ½-½41 1966 Orebro Stud olm prelim6B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
8. D Levy vs L Suarez  1-054 1966 Orebro Stud olm fBB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. D Levy vs R End 1-035 1966 Orebro Stud olm fBB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. D Levy vs G Lebredo  0-140 1966 Orebro Stud olm fBB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. D Levy vs P Mertens  1-052 1966 Orebro Stud olm fBB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. J Fridjonsson vs D Levy  ½-½49 1966 Orebro Stud olm fBB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
13. D Levy vs E Whiteside  ½-½36 1966 Orebro Stud olm fBB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. B Dueno vs D Levy 1-074 1966 Orebro Stud olm prelim6B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Myagmarsuren vs D Levy  ½-½29 1968 Lugano olm fBB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. D Levy vs H MacGrillen 0-149 1968 WchT U26 15th fin-BC45 Scotch Game
17. I Asmundsson vs D Levy  ½-½13 1968 Lugano ol (Men) fin-BA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
18. A Prameshuber vs D Levy  1-040 1968 Lugano ol (Men) fin-BE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
19. D Levy vs A Medina Garcia  0-121 1969 Hastings 1969/70C44 King's Pawn Game
20. D Levy vs Unzicker ½-½41 1969 Hastings 1969/70C44 King's Pawn Game
21. D Levy vs Filip  ½-½17 1969 Praia da Rocha ztB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
22. D Levy vs Minic  ½-½27 1969 Praia da RochaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
23. M Bobotsov vs D Levy  ½-½29 1969 Praia da Rocha ztA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
24. D Levy vs J Feller  1-036 1969 Praia da Rocha ztC44 King's Pawn Game
25. D Levy vs F Visier Segovia  ½-½57 1969 Praia da Rocha ztB23 Sicilian, Closed
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Mar-14-07  BIDMONFA: David Neil Lawrence Levy

LEVY, David N. L.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/levy_david....
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Mar-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

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