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Philip G Haley vs Greenblatt (Computer)
Labour Day Open (1969), Toronto, Ontario, rd 3, Aug-31
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  1-0

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Aug-13-10  Xeroxx: What's the deal with this game?
Aug-13-10  Cibator: Just that it's by one of the earliest chess-paying computer programs, I guess. (Greenblatt was the programmer or programming team leader; the name of the program itself was, if I remember correctly, MacHack.)
Feb-20-11  rich187113: both sides didn't seem very good.
Jun-08-11  Caissanist: Computer chess was a joke until the late seventies, although once in a while the program would find something surprising. They were especially bad at handling endgames in general and passed pawns in particular, e.g. Chaos vs Chess 4, 1974.
Jul-05-11  piroflip: It wasn't a joke to those who did the early hard slog in their own time because they loved the challenge so quit moaning.
Jul-10-11  Caissanist: I met many of them at the time, and knew the progammer of Cray Blitz personally; to my knowledge none of them were really doing it on their own time. They were academics who wrote the programs as research projects that were part of their jobs, mostly for universities but a few for large corporate research labs. Several of them, including the Cray Blitz guy, got their PhDs largely for publishing results from their computer chess research.

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