Chess Edinburgh lewischessmen2-75h 

Chandler Cornered

Love and Sex with Robots + European Games

Love and Sex with Robots

This is title of a new book due out on the 6th November
by Scottish I.M. David Levy.

"...humans will have sexual relationships with robots,
perhaps within five years."

I've not seen the above quote by Levy. It is taken from
a article in COMPUTERWORLD and is reputed to made by him.

I am stunned. I cannot type.
My brain has downloaded at least 100 gags, jokes and puns
all at once and I now have brain cramp.

Gives a whole new meaning to Hard Drive.

Boy meets girl, Boy losses girl, Boy builds a girl.

At this point I remind readers that this site is very popular
with kids so you can go to any computer book that has a
glossary and make up your own jokes.

Cartoonists and wits are going to have a field day.

Never mind within 5 years.
I've suspected some players have been sleeping with their Fritz'z
for some time now. Infact some players have stopped their Fritz
from reading this column.

The article continues;

"You could choose a robot that is funny 40% of the time and
serious 60% of the time," he added.
"If you get fed up with your robot making jokes all the time,
you can just download different software or change the settings on it.
You'll be able to change the personality of the robot, its interests
and its knowledge.

If you're a movie buff, you can ask for a robot with a lot of knowledge about movies."

I'm not making this up. Check it out for yourself.
then do a search for Levy - it's the top item.

Trust a chess player to build a robot that you can sex with
and then suggest you can get it to talk about movies.

Levy said he sees great social advantages to having robotic companions.
People can fill out their group of friends and shy or lonely people can
have the companionship they're lacking.

Yeah. And once the robot sees he or she is owned by a chess geek
they will run off. The countryside will be littered with robots
on the run and the Lost and Found columns will run into pages.

Have you seen my Lydia SR6000, tall, blonde know lots of
knock-knock jokes and is programmed to play the Sicilian Dragon.

Remember in the mid 80's Levy wrote an article in a Chess magazine.

"Has Nigel Short Burn't Himself out?"

Has Levy finally flipped his lid?

This is where we are at the moment technical wise.

Man has nobody to play chess with.
Man builds a computer to play chess.
Computer now much stronger at chess than Man.
Man has nobody to play chess with.

In Levy's future.

Man has no friends.
Man builds female robot to have a companion.
Man lives with female robot forever.
Man still has no friends.

I've just realised I've done something quite unforgivable.
I've condemned a book without even reading it.

I've taken some 2nd hand information and made merry with it.
It's not fair and it's not clever. I am ashamed.
(quite funny though).

I've been playing over the games from the European Team Championship.

Remember a few C.C's ago. I did a skit on Magnus Carlsen and
his fish eggs. Well I've been playing over his games.

Good games to play over.
Try this. White (Carlsen v Tiviakov) to play.

59.e6 Rxe6 60.Be5 Kh7 61.Rxg7+ Kh8 and the discovered check wins.

Easy? Yes and no. This is a deep ending pawn sac.
You see you in long endings you are use to treating your pawns
like gold pieces and wee tricks involving pawn sacs are often missed.

This is harder. Stefansson v Carlsen. White to play.
But first figure out what Black is threatening.

Black was threatening to win a pawn with 20...Nxd4 exposing
the White Knight on e5 to a double attack.

White should have pulled back. 20.Nf3 (easy to play in cold analysis).

Instead White tried to undermine the Knight on e6.
20.Nxf7 Kxf7 21.Re3 starts to look dodgy for Black. 21...Bxd4! 22.Rf3.

22...Qxf3 23.gxf3 Bxc3 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 and if 25.Qxc6 Rd1+ 26.Kg2 Nf4+
and the King has to go to g3 when 27...Ne2+ forks King and Queen.

Here is the full game.

[Click here to replay the game]
Stefansson - Carlsen

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.e3 Nd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 g6 10.0-0 Bg7 11.b4 0-0 12.a4 e5 13.a5 exd4 14.exd4 Rd8 15.Re1 Nf8 16.Qb3 Be6 17.Rad1 Bxc4 18.Qxc4 Ne6 19.Ne5 Qf5 20.Nxf7 Kxf7 21.Re3 Bxd4 22.Rf3 Qxf3 23.gxf3 Bxc3 24.Rxd8 Rxd8 25.f4 Rd4

Worst GM blunder I've seen so far is this one.

D.Navara (2656) - B.Damljanovic (2608) Crete 2007
Black to play.

The Queen is holding the 2nd rank and the Bishop on d3.
30...Nxd3 31.Qxd3 Rh1+ (31...Qh7! fritz) 32.Kxh1 Qh7+ mates.
If White does not take the Rook then Black wins easily in all lines.

If after 30...Nxd3 31.Rd1 then 31...Rh2 is crushing.

So what happened in the game?

30...Rh2? 31.Re2 Rh3 32.Kg2 Rh2+ 33.Kxg3 Rh5 34.Kf2 and Black resigned.

And how about this for an incredible blunder Grant - Brittner
White, Jonathan Grant the Edinburgh West player, to play.

Did White take the Knight? No! He played 53.Kc5?? Huh.
OK White did eventually win but why not take the Knight?

And Jonthan is an ex-Scottish Champion. What is the point of...

(er Geoff....Stalemate...Ed).


Yes quite a game this one. If 53.Rxe8 then 53...Rd6+ draws.
The Rook can keep offering itself to the King.
Try it for yourself. Keep checking along the ranks.
You can take the a-pawn with a check but do not touch
the g-pawn. Well spotted by White. (fritz takes the Knight).

Yes a monster of a game. I hope Joanthan treated himself to
a long drink after this one. He earned it. Some key positions.

White to play has a cracking move here. Sadly this was missed.

30.Qa3!! fxe6 31.Qxd6 Qxd6 32.f7+ Kf8 33.fxe8Q+ Kxe8 34.Rxe6+
You can play over this variation in the game.

Fritz found it. Very annoying for me. I set fritz to look for
!! moves. I did not play over the game so never gave myself
a chance to see it. Must be honest I would have have pushed on with e7.

If presented with the position I may have found it.
A very instructive position.

Same game. Jonanthan has sacced/lost a Knight to keep
Black tied up. I think it was a sac. Jonathan will claim it was a sac.
Purist my find a way to win without saccing the Knight.

I could pick half a dozen positions from this fascinating game.

But this position (which never happened but would have crossed
players minds) is a win for White.

This will explain some of the key moves that you may not understand.
White wants the Queens off and is prepared to give up the Rook
for the Knight going a whole Rook down.

Now another key position that did appear. White to play.

38.Kf2. Not 38.Rxd5 because Black can sac on e7 38...Nxe7 39.fxe7 Rxe7.
and Black is actually better.

This will explain why White zugged Black into the taking the d4 pawn
before White took the d5 pawn.

And this position is also instructive.

Black can see the King heading for d7. It was here he set up his
stalemate chance with 46.b5. I've place one variation in the game.

There are loads of other lines in this game. I've chosen the clearest
and easiest to follow on screen.
Here is the full game.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Grant - S.Brittner

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.g3 e6 4.Nf3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.Re1 Ne4 8.d4 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Be4 10.Bf1 d6 11.Nd2 Bb7 12.e4 0-0 13.Bd3 cxd4 14.cxd4 Nc6 15.Bb2 Rc8 16.f4 Bf6 17.Nf3 Na5 18.Rc1 Ba6 19.Qe2 d5 20.cxd5 Rxc1 21.Bxc1 Bxd3 22.Qxd3 exd5 23.Ba3 Re8 24.e5 Be7 25.Bxe7 Rxe7 26.Ng5 g6 27.f5 Nc4 28.f6 Re8 29.e6 Nd6 30.Qf3 [30.Qa3 fxe6 31.Qxd6 Qxd6 32.f7+ Kf8 33.fxe8Q+ Kxe8 34.Rxe6+] 30...h6 31.e7 Qd7 32.h4 hxg5 33.hxg5 Ne4 34.Qf4 Qh3 35.Qh4 Qxg3+ 36.Qxg3 Nxg3 37.Re5 Nf5 38.Kf2 a5 39.a4 Nxd4 40.Rxd5 Ne6 41.Ke1 Kh7 42.Kd2 Rc8 43.Kd1 Kg8 44.Kd2 Kh7 45.Ke3 Ra8 46.Ke4 b5 47.Rxb5 Nc7 48.Rc5 Ne8 49.Rd5 Ra6 50.Rd8 Re6+ 51.Kd4 Nc7 52.Rc8 Ne8 53.Kc5 Ra6 54.Rc6 Ra8 55.Kb6 Rb8+ 56.Kxa5 Rb7 57.Ka6 Rd7 58.Kb6 Rd4 59.a5 Rb4+ 60.Kc5 Rg4 61.a6 Rxg5+ 62.Kb6 Rg1 63.a7 Ra1 64.Kb7 Rxa7+ 65.Kxa7 g5 66.Kb7 g4 67.Kc8 g3 68.Rc3 Kg6 69.Kd8 g2 70.Rg3+ Kxf6

Quite a game. Some very interesting positions appearing both
on and off the board. A real pity 30.Qa3!! was missed but it was deep
and the move played 30.Qf3 set up the Knight sac.

Back to Chandler Cornered

Creative web design and Search Engine Optimisation by Spiderwriting Web Design