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Socrates (Computer)
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1991 to 1995
Overall record: +8 -14 =4 (38.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Larry Kaufman is one of its co-developers and both Don Dailey and Marc Leski helped to test it (1). Julio Kaplan was helping to test the program. It was able to run on an IBM computer at events such as the 23rd North American Computer Chess Olympiad, where Socrates II came out the winner.

References: (1)


Last updated: 2017-12-11 07:11:54

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Socrates vs Rohde  0-14719913rd Annual Harvard C (01)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. Bronstein vs Socrates 1-0301991AegonA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
3. Browne vs Socrates  1-0621992San MateoD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Bronstein vs Socrates 1-0511992AegonC52 Evans Gambit
5. Socrates vs S Robes  1-0251992US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. A H Bee vs Socrates  0-1271992US OpenD05 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Socrates vs J Mennella  1-0421992US OpenB01 Scandinavian
8. R Hayes vs Socrates  0-1501992US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. Socrates vs L G Basin  ½-½581992US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. G Johnstone vs Socrates  1-0561992US OpenA06 Reti Opening
11. Socrates vs D Koenig  ½-½391992US OpenB06 Robatsch
12. M Everett vs Socrates  1-0601992US OpenC42 Petrov Defense
13. Bronstein vs Socrates 1-0651993AegonC24 Bishop's Opening
14. P Gallegos vs Socrates 1-0331993CaliforniaC33 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Rohde vs Socrates 0-14919934th Harvard CupA15 English
16. Socrates vs Joel Benjamin 0-15219934th Harvard CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. Socrates vs Gulko  ½-½8119934th Harvard CupB08 Pirc, Classical
18. Rohde vs Socrates  ½-½921994Boston USAA15 English
19. Socrates vs Joel Benjamin  0-145199402, Boston Harvard CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. Socrates vs Yermolinsky  0-1521994Harvard CupB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. Socrates vs Gulko  1-0631994Fifth Harvard CupB08 Pirc, Classical
22. Shabalov vs Socrates 0-1301994Fifth Harvard CupC22 Center Game
23. Socrates vs Deep Blue 0-161199424th NACCCB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. Socrates vs Joel Benjamin 0-183199504, Harvard 25' New YorkB08 Pirc, Classical
25. Deep Blue vs Socrates  1-0511995Hong Kong WCCCD05 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  cu8sfan: "The unexamined position is not worth playing for man." Socrates (Computer), in Plato, Dialogues, Apology
Jan-07-05  arifattar: My God, now computers philosophise?
Jan-07-05  azaris: A more interesting dilemma:

Do philosophers compute?

Jan-07-05  maoam: I try and avoid one word comments, but: rofl!
Apr-21-05  WorldChampeen: Very impressive, there should be more computers named after great soccer/football players...

Next, the Maradona, the Pele, etc.

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  Phony Benoni: But just for kicks.
Nov-15-06  suenteus po 147: Socrates (Computer) probably could have played more, but someone gave him capslock and put him out of his misery.
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  WannaBe: Capslock, cute. =)
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  whiteshark: <I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.> Socrates (Computer)

Maybe not the best qualifications to play a chessgame. :D

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  OhioChessFan: I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
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  OhioChessFan: The above quote is not by Garry Kasparov
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  whiteshark: <The unexamined life is not worth living.> --Socrates

(I always wondered why Jonathan Rowson used this quote as first chapter intro to his book "Understanding the Grünfeld")

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  vonKrolock: Or, for instance, the <The Philosophers' Football Match> sketch
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  maxi: The former Brazilian soccer star, Socrates, passed away.
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  Reisswolf: He was only 57 too. That's hardly any age to die. I hope he wasn't poisoned too.
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  maxi: Why do you say "poisoned too"?
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  WannaBe: <maxi> read up on the life of the original Socrates.
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  maxi: I assumed another soccer player had recently been poisoned.
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  vonKrolock: Not cicuta, of course: <"Soccer legend Socrates killed by poisoned stroganoff" > Surelly his wealth condition was already quite concerning, any meal could be dangerous but: <"She"> (his wife) <"too fell ill along with a friend.">
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  maxi: How can a Stroganoff kill you? Perhaps it had cicuta...?
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  OhioChessFan: "Beware the barrenness of a busy life."
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