"It just isn't conceivable that you can design a program strong enough to beat players like me."

February 15, 2015

Computer Chess the Movie (2013)

Yes, as a computer chess addicted freak, i must admit i was way too late to watch the movie in subject. Having just recovered the delay yesterday, i think there might be people around even more unaware of the actuality in media.

Therefore i'm setting the alarm for those who still didn't see that movie directed by Andrew Bujalski. If you like chess, especially the silicon powered players, you may just ignore the 6.3 score by the voters.

The personalities and the ambiance of the tournament as presented by the movie quickly reminded me the ancient championships of the 80's and the Belle, Deep Thought, Novag and Mephisto days...

David Levy is not forgotten either. The storyline uses his famous bid on still being able to defeat the best chess computer ten years after his statement as a historical detail

In 1968, IM David Levy made a famous bet that no chess computer would beat him within ten years: “Until 1977, there seemed to be no point in my playing a formal challenge match against any chess program because none of them were good enough, but when CHESS 4.5 began doing well…it was time for me…to defend the human race against the coming invasion.”

He won his bet in 1978 at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto by beating computer chess program CHESS 4.7, which ran on a CDC Cyber 176 mainframe computer. Although the level of play of computer chess programs improved steadily for thirty years, it was not until the late 1980s that they were able to defeat some of the top human players.

Further info at ImdB: HERE

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