Monday, February 8, 2016

Computer-Style Moves

As a way of lightening up a bit after the last post "Nightmare" I wanted to present a human vs computer engine game where the human wins - thanks, in part, to some very odd computer-style moves. 

I remember, many years ago, when I would play against Fidelity's "Chess Challenger 7", it was apparently programmed so that when it could see no way to improve its position, it would advance either its a-pawn or its h-pawn. (Yes, I have played the Jerome Gambit against it.)

Wall, Bill - BBchess engine
Palm Bay, FL, 2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ 

4...Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ke6 7.f4 Qf6

8.Rf1 g6 9.Qh3+ Ke7

Already seen:

9...Kf7 10.fxe5 Qxf1+ 11.Kxf1 d6 12.Qc3 Black resigned, Wall,B - Guest1690223,, 2012; and

9...Ng4 10.Qxg4+ Ke7 11.Nc3 d6 $2 12.Nd5+ Kd8 13.Nxf6 Bxg4 14.Nxg4 h5 15.Nf2 Kd7 16.Nh3 Re8 17.d3 Nf6 18.Ng5 Ng4 19.h3 Nh2 20.Rh1 Black resigned, Wall,B - Guest3164644,, 2013.

10.Nc3 d6 11.Nd5+ Kd8

Or 11...Kf7 12.Qb3 Qh4+ 13.g3 Qg4 14.fxe5+ Kg7 15.d3 dxe5 16.Nxc7 Rb8 17.Ne8 checkmate, Wall,B - Guest5541035,, 2014

12.Qg3 Nd3+ 

Or 12...Qe6 13.fxe5 dxe5 14.d4 Ne7 15.dxc5 Nxd5 16.Bg5+ Ke8 17.exd5 Qxd5 18.Rf2 Be6 19.Rd2 Qxc5 20.O-O-O Rf8 21.Qh4 h5 22.Bh6 Rf5 23.Rd8+ Rxd8 24.Rxd8+ Kf7 25.Rf8+ Qxf8 26.Bxf8 Kxf8 27.Qd8+ Kg7 28.Qxc7+ Kh6 29.h4 Rf1+ 30.Kd2 Rf2+ 31.Ke3 Rf5 32.Qd8 a6 33.Qh8 checkmate, Wall, B - Aburasian,, 2010. 

13.Qxd3 Qg7 14.c3 Ne7 15.b4 Bb6 16.Nxb6 axb6 17.Qc2 Qh6 18.h3 Qh4+ 19.Rf2 Be6 20.d3 Rf8 21.a4 Qg3 22.Kf1 Qh2

It is not clear what the computer "hopes" to accomplish with this Queen infiltration. Her Majesty ultimately gets imprisoned in her forward outpost. 

23.Rf3 Qh1+ 24.Kf2 Bd7 25.b5 Be6

*What to do? What to do? What to do?*

26.c4 Kd7 27.Qc3 Rg8

28.Bd2 Qh2 29.d4 Bf7 30.e5 Nf5 31.d5 Rge8 32.Re1 Nh4

Perhaps BBchess first looked at 32...Rxa4 33.e6+ Bxe6 34.dxe6+ Rxe6 35.Rxe6 Kxe6 gaining 3 pawns for its piece, only later to uncover the sharp 36.c5!? 

33.e6+ Kc8 34.Rg3 Bxe6 35.dxe6 Rxa4

Black's pieces are uncoordinated, especially the Queen.

36.Qb3 Ra8 37.Qb2 Kb8 38.e7 Nf5 39.Rg5 d5

The advanced e-pawn is untouchable, as 39...Rxe7 leads to mate after 40.Qh8+ while 39.Nxe7 is well met by 40.f5!?

40.Rxf5 gxf5 41.cxd5 Ra4 42.Qe5 Ra2 43.Qd4 h5 44.d6 cxd6 45.Qxd6+ Ka8 46.Re6 Rc2

Black has found a round about way to link Rooks, but it is too late.

47.Qd8+ Rc8 48.Qxb6 Rg8 49.Rg6 Rxg6 50.Qxg6 h4 51.e8=Q Black resigned

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