Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Game’s Afoot!


This is apparently from 2002, but I don’t think I’d ever seen it.  A chess/Shakespeare/computer crossover?  Love it!

Seems that the computer (one Deep Fritz) may have been heckling the world champion (Kramnik) using Shakespearean taunts. 

The conspirators rigged up several speakers around Kramnik’s chair and set them at volumes low enough that only Kramnik might hear the computer’s chatter. That the computer was talking to him doubtless distracted Kramnik; that Fritz was speaking entirely in Shakespearean verse surely drove Kramnik mad, prompting the questionable, Morphy-esque Knight sacrifice at f7.

(I am pretty sure, by the way, that the whole thing is a joke :)).

1 comment:

Irene L. Pynn said...

This is fantastic. I'll have to send it to all my chess and Shakespeare friends. :)