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a match between the 12 human chess masters qualified for the Dutch National Championship and strong computers took place in Hilversum, April 9, 1989, sponsored by Philips and AVRO [1] . Time control was 1h/60 moves + 1h and then adjudication if the game is not finished. The Dutch team won 8½ - 3½!


Board White Black Moves Result Remarks
1 ChipTest [2] John van der Wiel (2560) 55 0-1
2 Jeroen Piket (2500) HiTech 46 1/2-1/2
3 Cray Blitz Paul van der Sterren (2500) 41 1-0
4 Rini Kuijf (2485) Mach IV Turbo 41 1-0
5 Mephisto Almeria Turbo Rudy Douven (2455) 63 0-1
6 Friso Nijboer (2455) Bebe 74 1-0 Adj.
7 Lachex Joris Brenninkmeijer (2415) 60 0-1 Adj.
8 Jeroen Vanheste (2410) Phoenix 61 1-0 Adj.
9 Belle Frans Cuijpers (2405) 62 0-1 Adj.
10 Peter Gelpke (2395) Quest (Sphinx Turbo) 56 0-1
11 Mephisto Hilversum (TurboKit) Kick Langeweg (2365) 40 0-1
12 Albert Blees (2345) Mach IV 47 0-1

Selected Games


Board 1

[Event "Netherlands-vs-Computers"]
[Site "Hilversum"]
[Date "1989.04.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "ChipTest"]
[Black "John van der Wiel"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 O-O 6.O-O c6 7.h3 Nbd7 8.e5 dxe5
9.dxe5 Nd5 10.Nxd5 cxd5 11.Bf4 e6 12.c4 dxc4 13.Bxc4 Qa5 14.Qe2 Nb6 15.Bd2
Qc5 16.Bb3 Bd7 17.Rfc1 Qb5 18.Qxb5 Bxb5 19.Bf4 Rac8 20.Rxc8 Rxc8 21.Rd1 h6
22.Be3 Be2 23.Re1 Bc4 24.Bxc4 Rxc4 25.Bxb6 axb6 26.Rd1 Rc2 27.Rd8+ Bf8 28.Rd2
Rc1+ 29.Kh2 Bb4 30.Re2 Bc5 31.Kg3 b5 32.Rd2 b4 33.Nh2 Re1 34.Ng4 Kg7 35.Kf3 h5
36.Ne3 Ra1 37.b3 b5 38.Kf4 Be7 39.g4 g5+ 40.Ke4 Rh1 41.gxh5 Rxh3 42.Rd7 Kf8
43.Rb7 Rxh5 44.Ng4 Rh4 45.f3 Rh1 46.Rxb5 Re1+ 47.Kd4 Ra1 48.Ra5 Rd1+ 49.Ke4
Kg7 50.Ra6 Bc5 51.f4 Rd4+ 52.Kf3 Rxf4+ 53.Kg3 Bd4 54.Ra5 Kg6 55.Rb5 Bc3 0-1

Game on Lichess

Board 3

[Event "Netherlands-vs-Computers"]
[Site "Hilversum"]
[Date "1989.04.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Cray Blitz"]
[Black "Paul van der Sterren"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O f6 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 c5 8.Nb3 Qxd1
9.Rxd1 Bg4 10.f3 Be6 11.Be3 b6 12.a4 a5 13.Nc3 Bd6 14.Nb5 O-O-O 15.Nxd6+ cxd6
16.Nd2 d5 17.exd5 Bxd5 18.Rde1 Rd7 19.c3 Ne7 20.b4 axb4 21.cxb4 cxb4 22.Bxb6 Nc6
23.Rac1 Kb7 24.a5 Ne5 25.Re3 Rc8 26.a6+ Kxa6 27.Rxc8 Kxb6 28.Rb8+ Kc5 29.Re1 Nd3
30.Ne4+ Kd4 31.Rd1 Bxe4 32.Rxb4+ Ke5 33.Rxe4+ Kf5 34.Re3 Nc5 35.Rxd7 Nxd7 36.Re7
Nf8 37.Rxg7 h6 38.g4+ Ke6 39.Kf2 f5 40.gxf5+ Kf6 41.Ra7 1-0

Game on Lichess

See also



  1. David Levy (1989). The Netherlands versus the Computer World. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2
  2. Deep Thought was undergoing major surgery at the time of the match and so its father played in its place
  3. The Editorial Board (1989). Twelve Chessters against twelve Dutchies. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 3

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