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Greenblatt (Computer) vs Robert James Fischer
"Silicon Bust" (game of the day Apr-14-2016)
Computer Match (1977), Cambridge, MA USA
Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Dragon (B27)  ·  0-1



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Jul-23-04  mack: Ah good, glad to see the other two games have finally been added - which, of course, are genuine. Fischer said as much in the 1992 conference.
Sep-26-04  DhavalVyas: Bobby Fischer did come out of his retirement before 1992. Many people do not know about it because he only played three games. It was with a computer that MIT had created. These are very instructive games, even though the computer played badly. Fischer aims for checkmate in each game rather than material advantage. This is what a chess player should actually do. That way the chess player will become much better. The most ironic thing about these three games is that the human being played like a computer and the computer played like a human being!
Mar-24-05  Runemaster: Of the three games Fischer played against this computer this is the best; the best puts up at least some kind of fight and Bobby played some nice tactical ideas.
Mar-24-05  Runemaster: And actually, I am surprised (in this game at least) that a computer in 1977 managed to stand up to Fischer as much as this.
Mar-24-05  RookFile: Well, depends on how you look at it.
I think a lot of human players would
have resigned after 33... c x d4.
Mar-24-05  Runemaster: <RookFile> that's true, but then most people would think it a good achievement to last even that long against Fischer.
Apr-11-05  THE pawn: 21.bf2??
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  Sneaky: What else? The alternatives 21.Be3? d4 or 21.Bxc5? Bxe5 both lose a whole piece.
Apr-11-05  THE pawn: Ok, so the mistake was before...but I still think 21.bf2 was this a bad move implied by a previous bad move: result, an obvious mate...

What would have happened if the queen exchange didn't occur?

Nov-23-05  pawntificator: I wonder why Fischer strayed from his usual repetoire in the Sicilian for this game. He must have wanted to get the computer out of any sort of voluminous book line as soon as possible. Perhaps the programmers had entered in all of Fischer's known games.
Dec-12-05  aazqua: "Wanted to get the computer out of book as soon as possible??" We're talking about one of the greatest chess players in history versus a machine that couldn't beat my little sister. He could have played each pawn to the third rank to start the game and still won easily. These games are horrible.
Dec-13-05  RookFile: Well, Fischer did trot out his beloved Najdorf Sicilian for this game:

Greenblatt (Computer) vs Fischer, 1977

Dec-13-05  RookFile: I think Fischer was focusing on schemes where the computer would have to show positional understanding to prevent ...d5 from black. Greenblatt wasn't a strong computer, so Fischer succeeded without any problems in his goal.
Jan-03-06  joelsontang: Hmm, Fischer isn't himself! in no games he uses accelerated fianchetto, and i think he had a bad opening!
Jan-20-06  morphyvsfischer: <> It is only a Pterodactyl when Black plays ...Qa5.

<joelsontang> Fischer often played Accelerated Dragon transpositions from the Symmetrical English. Also, the Accelerated Dragon is not a bad opening. It is fairly popular with GMs, and in my opinion better than the far more popular Dragon: Against a premature Yugoslav, (1 e4 c5 2 ♘f3 ♘c6 3 d4 cxd4 4 ♘xd4 g6 5 ♘c3 ♗g7 6 ♗e3 ♘f6 7 ♗c4 0-0 8 f3?! or 8 ♕d2?!), Black can play 8...d5! with advantage. White must play 8 ♗b3, but after 8...a5 (playing for a support point with ...a4 and ...♘d7-c5), Black has an equal game. Against the Maroczy Black can play something like 5 c4 ♗g7 6 ♗e3 ♘f6 7 ♘c3 ♘g4! 8 ♕xg4 ♘xd4 9 ♕d1! ♘e6! with only a tiny, tiny advantage for White, since Black is very active and can play for the c5 square for the knight, as described above.

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  thegoodanarchist: I love the way Fischer leaves his passer on the 7th while he brings up his king. A great example of Nimzovich's maxim that "the threat is stronger than the execution".

By bringing up his king, he wins the rook without giving up the passer.

Apr-18-07  rwbean: I've been looking at the game with a more modern computer. I think 13. b3 is obviously very bad compared to 13. Bd4. 14... e5 seems bad compared to 14... Ne3 15 Bxe3 Bxc3+ 16 Bd2 Bxa1 17 Qxa1 o-o 18 Qe5 Qd6, which seems to just win an exchange with no compensation. White's losing mistake is 19. Rf1?? instead of 19. h3 followed by o-o-o. Toga II seems to think the position is approximately equal after 19. h3. Black will recover his pawn on e5 and then material is even.
May-15-08  Pawn Ambush: Fischers king travels to the first rank via white squares only!
Aug-04-10  BarcelonaFirenze: Did Fischer miss 30...,Be4 winning the exchange??
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  chancho: <BarcelonaFirenze> The Bishop could not move to e4 on the 30th move. (it's pinned by the Rook)
Aug-04-10  BarcelonaFirenze: chancho, I'm really sorry. I really missed it. Thank you very much
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  chancho: <BarcelonaFirenze> Don't think too much of it. That can happen to anyone.
Feb-06-13  Mudphudder: The one thing I've learned from this game is how much computers have evolved since the days of Fischer. LOL.
Nov-18-13  hudapri: This computer played AMAZING for 1977.
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  Phony Benoni: Don't let anyone ever tell you the Good Old Days weren't all that good.

Human beings could still beat computers.

It was a Golden Age.

Of course, We were sort of cheating by using Fischer, whose greatest problem during the game was making it interesting.

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