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David Levy vs Chess (Computer)
Sparks (1972)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-26-04  Leviathan: A little festival of mistakes, which you could expect from a computer (in 1972) but that are a bit surprising from an IM like Levy (maybe he didn't took this game seriuosly).

1)I cannot see the point of Levy's 15.b3?! (creating a huge leak in the pawn structure).

2)Also computer's 17. ... Nd6?! is dubious, I think 17...Nxd2+ 18.Rxd2 Qxd2 was much better

3)And now the worst one: 22. ... Qd4+? the computer misses the winning line and draws a won position! For example: 21...Qa1+ 22.Kd2 Qxa2 23.Qh7 Nd4 24.Rc1 Nxb3+ 25.Ke2 Nxa5 26.Qxg7 Nxc2 27.Kf1 Ne3+ 28.Kg1 Nc6 29.Rh2 Nd4 30.Re1 Ne2+ 31.Kh1 Ng3+ 32.Kg1 Bc5 and there is no way to avoid checkmate.

(if my analysis is wrong please tell me, since I haven't much experience I am never 100% sure that I didn't miss something important) =D

Oct-29-04  Knight13: This game might be as well as the earliest computer games. If there are earlier game than this, please let me know. Thank you.
Oct-29-04  greko: The whole strategy of running around with a lone queen is simply banile
Jan-28-06  Caissanist: Actually, computers had been playing chess for more than twenty years at the time. It took a very long time to make them do it well though, at the time of this game Chess 4 was probably no more than 1400 strength. Bill Wall has a nice history of computer chess at as detailed in Bill Wall's history of computer chess at
Jul-15-07  RandomVisitor: C34: King's Gambit Accepted: 3 ♘f3: 3...♘f6 and 3...d6

1. e4 e5
2. f4 exf4
3. Nf3 d6
4. Bc4 h6
5. h4 Nf6
6. Nc3 last book move Bg4
7. d4 Nh5 (7... Be7 8.Bxf4 Nh5 9. Be3 =)

8. Ne5 dxe5
9. Qxg4 Nf6
10. Qf5 Qxd4 (10... exd4 11.Nd5 Nc6 12. Bxf4 Nxd5 13. Bxd5 )

11. Qc8+ Ke7
12. Qxb7 (12. Bd5!? Nbd7 13. Qxa8 )

12... Qxc4 =
13. Qxa8 Nc6 (13... Ke6 14. Qxb8 Bb4 15. Qxh8 Bxc3+ 16. Bd2 Qxe4+ 17. Kd1 Qxg2 18. Qc8+ Nd7 19. Qa6+ Nb6 20. Bxc3 Qxh1+ 21.Be1 =)

14. Bd2 (14. Bxf4!? g5 15. Bd2 Nxe4 16. O-O-O )

14... Nxe4 = 15. b3 (15. O-O-O and White can hope to survive Nd6 16. b3 =)

15... Qd4
16. O-O-O Kd7 (16... Nxc3 17. Qxc6 Nxd1 18. Kxd1 Qd7 )

17. Kb1?? (17. Qb7 Bd6 18. Be1 Qe3+ 19. Kb2 Nxc3 20. Bxc3 )

17... Nd6 (17... Nxd2+ and Black can already relax 18. Rxd2 Qxd2 19. Rd1 )

18. Nb5?? lets it slip away (18. Na4 g5 19. Bxf4 )

18... Nxb5
19. Ba5 Discovered attack Bd6 (19... Nxa5 Theme: Deflection from d4 20. Rxd4+ Annihilates a defender: d4)

20. Qxh8 (20. Rxd4 does not help much Rxa8 21. Ra4 e4 )

20... Na3+
21. Kc1 Qa1+
22. Kd2 Qd4+ (22... Qxa2 makes it even easier for Black 23. Qh7 Nd4 24. Rc1 )

23. Kc1 Qa1+
24. Kd2 Qd4+ (24... Qxa2 25. Qxg7 Nxc2 26. Qxf7+ Ne7 )

Black cannot see the win and so settles for the draw 1/2-1/2

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