Monday, November 27, 2006

Oh, the Humanity!

self-mate in one

Fritz vs. Kramnik, after 34.Nxf8
Black to play. What's the best move?

Worst chess blunder in history

Fritz vs. Kramnik, after 34....Qe3??
White to play and mate in one.

I am still not sure I believe it. But, yes, it is true. The worst ever blunder by a World Champion--and by the man considered the least blunder-prone of any champion in history--was committed today before a stunned and saddened chess world. After demonstrating for the second time that a human could still get slightly the better of a machine (while holding the draw in hand), Vladimir Kramnik walked into a mate in one. Incredible. See the story at the Daily Dirt Chess Blog, the Susan Polgar Chess Blog, or the official Kramnik vs. Deep Fritz match website.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kramnik must be incredibly disappointed to have only gotten half a point from two games where he had winning chances in both. I hope he can bounce back . . .

Tue Nov 28, 05:44:00 AM EST  

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