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Deep Thought (Computer) vs Michael Joseph Valvo
corr one move/every 3 days (1988) (correspondence), rd 2
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Nimzowitsch-Marshall Countergambit (C31)  ·  0-1



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Apr-30-04  Erwin: great game
nice to see people playing tactical game against computer and won great game
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  Gilmoy: I remember subscribing to the old newsgroup fresh out of college in 1988, back home on an archaic (even in 1988 :) 2400-baud modem, just as Mike Valvo was starting this 2-game match vs. Deep Thought (which he swept).

The cool part was that he was free to post his game analysis, ideas, and plans every day in r.g.c. I thought it was eerie how he'd discuss lines 4-5 moves in advance, and then Deep Thought would follow them like clockwork over the next week. He mentioned many times during the opening that he was counting on it being too deep a line for Deep Thought's horizon. He gave us all a week's notice for <19.Qd4 Qxd4>, and later he was cackling for days before <30..Bb7 31..Ba8!!> with zugzwang.

Deep Thought saw every tactic just in time to avoid blundering, but couldn't see that the line gives Black sufficient piece activity for compensation, with threats of a midgame zugzwang. According to Jeshonnek in, this game through <12.Nxb5 Qa5+> followed Lev Alburt vs. Mike Valvo, Philadelphia World Open 1988, 24 moves, 0-1 (not in database), so Valvo had some home prep for this line.

IM Valvo departed the board in 2004, of a heart attack. I didn't know that until I snooped around while writing this.

Jan-31-09  Karpova: <this game through <12.Nxb5 Qa5+> followed Lev Alburt vs. Mike Valvo, Philadelphia World Open 1988, 24 moves, 0-1 (not in database), so Valvo had some home prep for this line.>

No, that's the game:

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia, PA USA"]
[White "Valvo, Michael Joseph"]
[Black "Alburt, Lev"]
[WhiteElo "2390"]
[BlackElo "2535"]
[Date "1988.?.?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B03"]

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 Nc6 7.Be3 Bf5 8.Nc3 e6 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.Be2 Bxf3 11.gxf3 Qh4+ 12.Bf2 Qf4 13.Qc1 Qxc1+ 14.Rxc1 O-O-O 15.Rd1 g6 16.a3 Bh6 17.b4 Rd7 18.Ne4 Rhd8 19.c5 Nd5 20.b5 Nce7 21.c6 bxc6 22.bxc6 Nxc6 23.Bb5 Nde7 24.Ba6+ 1-0

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