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Anatoly Karpov vs Super System III Cg (Computer)
Simul, 25b (1980), Bad Kissingen FRG
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Closed Sicilian (A25)  ·  1-0



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  BishopBerkeley: This appears to be the first game in our database, perhaps the first game in history, in which a sitting World Chess Champion plays Chess against a computer!

Though Robert James Fischer had played against a computer earlier

Fischer vs Greenblatt (Computer), 1977

I don't think that anyone other than himself (and maybe Greenblatt (Computer) ) regarded him as the present World Champion.

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Sep-27-05  fgh: Nice attack :-)
Sep-27-05  Happypuppet: These were still the days when humans beat the snot out of computers... but that's gone now. :(
Sep-27-05  korger: <These were still the days when humans beat the snot out of computers...>

Pardon me, but this game hardly qualifies as "beating the snot out of a comp." It was Karpov who made mistake after mistake in this game (which is very unusual of him, I wonder if he was drunk or something). At move 32, the computer stood distinctively better, and was well on its way to win the game (like 32... ♕b8 33. ♘e7+ ♔h7 34. ♗e4+ f5 35. ♕xb8 ♖fxb8 36. gxf5 ♗f7 etc.) Instead, it must have blown a circuit, or what else could have caused the colossal blunder 32... Rfd8?? In any case, impressive performance from that early computer, but the finale should have been much better.

Sep-27-05  THE pawn: Rfd8 leads to the same damn conclusion Korger: checkmate, the other way is simply longer. And I don't think Karpov played badly at all, he knew his opponent was weak and played immediately for a charge on the king.
Sep-27-05  SnoopDogg: I agree with <korger> somewhat because just flipping through the game at 30 secs a move I am really confused on how the computer did not find Qa2 (trade material when up material) and Qb8 (the move korger suggested).

To me, I'm surprised that Karpov didn't play on the queenside with doubling on the queenside then b5 since he had more space, a knight, open a-file and a bishop pointed in that direction. Especially since he tried to attack a kingside where black could respond in the center.

I think Karpov commented on this game, does anyone know where?

Nov-05-07  m0nkee1: This is a very impressive performance for a 1978 Computer... FYI is the Novag Super Sytem 3 - could be bought in the shops.

- Snoop Dogg
I agree - 29 Qa2 should win the game??
But Computers don't always see simplifying moves unless they come with a material gain tho. Shame - I think Karpov was playing fool hardy and this early Computer almost thrashed him.. shame it didn't see QE2 or it might have been a big upset.

Nov-05-07  jackpawn: I know it was a different computer and apparently Karpov wasn't taking this game seriously, but I can't help but contrast this game with Fischer's computer games in 1977. Fischer crushed what was probably a stronger computer.
Nov-05-07  RookFile: It would have really been something had this toy computer taken it's better position and converted it to a win.
Nov-05-07  whatthefat: I can only assume this was played at a short time control.
Feb-16-09  Goldengab: This was a forced draw by repetition, the only way to stop Black clear advantage in this game. Instead of fxg6 leading to draw SS III played the blunder move!
Feb-24-09  WhiteRook48: computers were dumb in 1978
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  Stonehenge: Game was actually played during the 1980 Bad Kissingen tournament.
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  amadeus: Information about Chess Champion Super System III here:

"The Super System III came within a whisker of causing a sensation when it got a winning position against World Champion, Anatoly Karpov.

The German department store chain Horten were sponsoring a chess tournament at Bad Kissingen to promote interest in the chess computers. A day was set aside for the Grandmasters to play an army of Super System IIIs in a 25 game Simultaneous.

After 32 moves (...) Karpov, a rook down with a lost game has the threat of mate in one with Qh8. Super System III can stop this by Qb8, and in reply to 33.Ne7+ Kh7 34.Be4+ black has f5 when the Queens are sure to be exchanged. Unfortunately black played Rf8d8??"

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  Sally Simpson: ***

" it must have blown a circuit, or what else could have caused the colossal blunder.

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32... Rfd8??"

Possibly a common bug in the early computers. Threaten Checkmate on an empty square.


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They would spot the mate on h7 because it threatens a pawn.


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Some programs would miss the mate and save the Rook.


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  keypusher: Didn't Karpov have a multi-million dollar endorsement contract with a chess computer maker?

Obviously, this game was rigged. :-)

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  Sally Simpson: ***

I recall Karpov being mixed up in some deal that went wrong.....found it.

Apparently the wranglings upset Karpov so much it cost him the world title.

"...was allegedly one reason he lost the title to Kasparov, losing three of nine games short(sic) after in October 1985."


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  keypusher: Thanks, Sally. Some intriguing "English" at the link. Evidently computers are better at chess than they are at translation.
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