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Mac Hack VI (Computer) vs Ben Landey
Boston Amateur ch (1967), Boston, MA USA, Apr-??
Sicilian Defense: General (B20)  ·  1-0

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Jun-05-13  Graham1973: This is where it all starts, the first rated chessplayer to lose to software.
Jun-05-13
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  perfidious: If only someone had pulled the plug, round about then.....
Jun-05-13  DWINS: This can't be the correct gamescore. 12.Qxd6??? just loses the queen for nothing.
Jun-06-13  Caissanist: I'm not at all surprised that a 1967 computer program would play a move like 12.Qxd6, though it is a bit fishy that a 1510-rated human wouldn't take the queen, and then gave away his own queen two moves later.

According to an interview with Richard Greenblatt, the loser was a "local legend" named Ben Landy, who had also played the program to a draw in its first tournament a month earlier. Given Landy's extremely weak play in this game, and the fact that the program lost every other game in both tournaments, I suspect that he was going for a bit of chess immortality, trying to be the first guy to draw against a computer in a tournament, and then the first to lose.

Jun-06-13  RookFile: Anybody who has known the rules of chess for a month looks at playing 12....Bxd6 for black.
Jun-06-13  Caissanist: It looks like the game score is in fact wrong. The game was annotated by none other than Bobby Fischer, in his column in Boys Life in August 1968. Bobby gives white's 10th move as a4, and black's as Bh6+. After 11. Kb1 b4, he gives 12. Qxd6 a "!". Btw, the opponent's name was Landey, not Landy. Fischer's column is here: http://books.google.fr/books?id=yHS...
Aug-07-13  GumboGambit: What Puzzles me is the venue. How can a computer be eligible for a State Championship?
Aug-07-13  Shams: <Gumbo> Typo. It was the solid-state championships.
Apr-15-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: 2. d4

The Greenblatt Sicilian!

Apr-15-16  Mendrys: An interesting excerpt from the link that Caissanist posted above: <Dear Mr. Fischer:
...Have you ever played a computer? What do you think of the chance of a copmuter of grandmaster strength and possibly becoming world champion?

I've never played a computer. Eventually, though, I think a computer can become champion. After all, it can't be as hard as getting a man on the moon. But I hope it doesn't happen during my lifetime!>

Well, he was right on one count and wrong on the other! Though, technically not champions in that they've never played a human for such a match they were the superior players before he died. Even then it was possible to see that computers would inevitably become stronger than any human.

Apr-15-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: By contrast, Euwe said around 1970 that computers will not reach IM level within 100 years.
Apr-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <alexmagnus: By contrast, Euwe said around 1970 that computers will not reach IM level within 100 years.>

The good Dr. Machgielis Euwe (Max Euwe) was not familiar with Moore's Law, it seems to me.

Apr-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Since Max Euwe died in 1981, I guess he didn't live to see an engine reach IM strength.

But I am not sure when that happened. Maybe one of our resident wonk chess/chess engine historians knows?

Jul-28-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  wwall: I don't this game came from the Massachusetts State Championship. I believe it came from the Boston Amateur Championship, held April 22-23, 1967. MacHack VI forfeited the first game due to technical difficulties. It then won 2 games, and drew 2 games. (source: <Chess Life>, Aug 1967, p. 237)
Oct-31-18  Whitehat1963: Good Tuesdayish puzzle after 19...Be6.
Nov-13-21  newzild: <Whitehat1963: Good Tuesdayish puzzle after 19...Be6.>

Yes, although Landey could have lasted a bit longer:

19...Be6
20. Qxc6+ Bd7
21. Rxd7! etc

Nov-13-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <I don't this game came from the Massachusetts State Championship. I believe it came from the Boston Amateur Championship, held April 22-23, 1967>

Probably right. <Mac Hack> did take part in the State Championship (see <Chess Life>, April 1967, p.81), but scored only 1-4. The score of this win, and a nice combinatory finish against Slivkin were sent in by Landey himself, appearing in <Chess Life>, September 1967, p.276, as indicative of <certain improvements> in the program, whose rating is said to be rising. But as to the circumstances of the games, nothing. If they are competitive games, then, yes, the Boston Amateur is likely the setting for both.

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