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Rybka (Computer) vs Hikaru Nakamura
ICC blitz 3 0 (2007) (blitz), Internet Chess Club, Dec-24
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: lucky the pawn structure is blocked.
<ravel5184> very funny. Somehow I sense <Everyone> is coming onto the page... :)
Jan-29-09  vikinx: <Yeah everyone! You heard the man!> That's the first time I have seen anyone support me. Every other time I've posted, people always ignored or became mad at me.
Jan-29-09  vikinx: <Someone should update and put this in "Longest Games" as #1.> I put this game in my game collection named "Longest games" just like you said. But this is not the longest game. I give it to you to find the LONGEST game.
Jan-29-09  WhiteRook48: let's see, (just skimming) this game is 275 moves long...
Jan-29-09  WhiteRook48: and the #1 in the collection seems to be 271 moves long... did Java make an error, or is 275 actually less than 271? :-) (I'm not mad at you, and my ignore list is empty)
Jan-29-09  WhiteRook48: why did Nakamura play 224...c4?
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: <WhiteRook48> never mind that Jan-20 post, the rook shuffling between h8 and h6 began on move 39
Feb-01-09  WhiteRook48: and one time Nakamura might have stopped the cursor because somewhere in those moves it was on h7
Feb-03-09  WhiteRook48: it would be even funnier if Rybka was able to move a pawn, and they moved pawns for 1000 moves until the 50-move-draw was called
Feb-06-09  WhiteRook48: A correction: this game is supposedly tied with the Nikolic-Arsovic 1989 game. However this game is 275 moves and Nikolic-Arsovic is 269 moves. Is there an error? Anyway, sorry for ruining the game collection
Feb-14-09  WhiteRook48: the longest drawn game
Jun-30-09  heklex: 115...Rh7! was a very subtle, psychological manevuer, luring Rybka on unexplored territory and getting it out of it's huge database. Shaken and confused, the computer has eventually given up a pawn, just to halt the Rook rampage. However, with deep Bishop swing on enemy's territory, the silicon managed to outplay Human once again. White's win seemed certain until Nakamura found a problem-like solution 224...c4!!, untangling his dead Bishop and introducing crazy, 48-move combination that led forcefully to a well-deserved draw. Wow. Who says chess isn't exciting!?
Nov-07-09  BobbyDigital80: Why was this game drawn? :( There was still a lot play left in this position.
Nov-07-09  psmith: <BobbyDigital80> Please tell me you're joking.
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  Fusilli: The game is completely equalized by move 27, and a completely dead draw by move 33. Isn't it silly to call it "the longest draw" or "the longest game" ever? This trivial 3-minute game shouldn't even be in this database.
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  OhioChessFan: Another routine grandmaster draw.
Feb-06-11  kia0708: 275 moves !!!
This is CRAZY ...
Feb-06-11  ChessNewbie55: Its so funny some folks call this game lame. I am 100% sure that you cannot do this in your lifetime. Just enjoy the God-given talent of naka in chess tactics, quick thinking and keyboard use.
Feb-08-11  MountainMatt: I wonder if you can get MS Chess Titans to do this? Not that I'd want to...more than once.
Jul-13-11  TheRavenPK: <MountainMatt> Chess Titans is lame. I have still ELO 1000 (I have played just 5 rated games [won them all]), I think my real strength is about 1700-1800, which is not too much, but the worst result ever I had with Chess Titans lvl 10 is a draw. And I swear, if the computer had drunk so much beer than me, it would lose.
Aug-07-12  vinidivici: Looking for this game until finish so exhausted for me.

Its deserves GOTD with the title "The Longest Boring Game Ever".

Jan-28-14  kontoleon: sorry but is so crazy from maxhine.
This game was draw many moves behind but macine still play it! Hmm but why do not doing a 3 moves draw?
2nd sacrifice a pawn to continiously play 50 more moves. But is no win from everyone from move 38, and finished it to 271! ouaou!!!
Dec-04-17  whiteshark: If you sit by the river long enough, eventually the body of your enemy will float by.
Dec-05-17  WorstPlayerEver: Considered that the enemy lives on a mountain.
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  paulalbert: This is obviously Hikaru amusing himself and showing how dumb computers are in certain positions which are clear and obvious draws to knowledgeable human players. The rook exchange and the subsequent c4 pawn move giving up a pawn avoid the 50 move rule and then it's avoid the 3 time repetition of position which both Hikaru and Rybka do. I have noticed that if the computer thinks it is ahead ( here because it is up a pawn ) it will avoid 3 time repetition until that or 50 move rule cannot avoid a draw. Here 225. cxd4 is last capture so 275 is draw by 50 move rule. Obviously this game is a silly waste of time, but it does illustrate some interesting things about chess computer limitations and the nuances of the 50 move and three position repetition draw rules.
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