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Tell (Computer) vs Ostrich (Computer)
World Computer Championship (1974), Stockholm SWE
Elephant Gambit: General (C40)  ·  0-1



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Sep-22-03  AdrianP: Ostrich tries the Elephant. 3 ...Nc3? ... was Comp Tell out of its openings book already!
Sep-22-03  PinkPanther: Once again, why doesn't this game have the checkmate symbol at the end of the scoresheet moves, white, has after all, been checkmated.
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  InspiredByMorphy: I agree AdrianP. 3.Nc3 and especially the following useless moves by the knight are ridiculous. Black plays very well.
Jan-28-04  Bitzovich: Obviously Comp Tell needed to have been developed a little more...
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  alexmagnus: Seems there were no opening books in 70ies, look other comp games of that time.
Jan-25-06  likestofork: It was one of those accidents that only happens to the young, and the not real b-r-i-t-e...young (and let's be honest, not overly smart) Tell wanted someone to shoot an apple off his head. His playmate (no, not one of Hef's escorts) forgot to program for the effects of gravity. The arrow was on target, except for being just a little low. Yuck.

But, yes, I think the world was a better place when flesh and blood could laugh at the ineptness of chess-playing computer programs.

Just idle curiousity....did Tell run on an Apple?

May-21-07  prinsallan: Amusing position: After 28: fxe3 whites defense is in shambles. The pawnstructure is spread widely and not a single move can save this utterly lost position.

Stomped by an Elephant Gambit? ^^

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  FSR: I love how the computer threw away all of its pieces at the end in order to delay checkmate as long as possible. Ah, for the good old days when computers couldn't play chess.
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  whiteshark: Baldrick: <No, there was definitely an ostrich involved, sir.>
Jun-09-09  Gogia: 3 ...Nc3? already very weak
Jun-09-09  hedgeh0g: 11. Ng5?! looks like a bullet move.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: White could actually have won this game with 33.Qh7+

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33...Kf7 34.Rf5+ Ke8 35.Qh8+ Kd7 36.Qxg7+ and Black's queen will drop next.

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