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August  2005

A gentleman from France posted in the bloggier, older version of my chess journal:

Dear Sarah,
Just some words from France to tell you what a pleasure to read your article. a lot of thanks. I found a great site about Alan Turing on
Thanks again for your wonderful work

This refers to my earlier article on Alan Turing, called Turing Test


The same gentleman posted again, referring me to another "computer" game:

I give you another historical chess game played by Frank Poole and the computer HAL 9000 featured in the Stanley Kubrick's film 2001 : A Space Odyssey. You can see a picture of the chessboard for few seconds. This is the game (a Worrall attack) that you are waiting for: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.c3 0-0 8.0-0 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Nxe5 Nf4 11.Qe4 Nxe5 12.Qxa8 Qd3 13.Bd1 Bh3 (we see this position in the movie)14.Qxa6 Bxg2 15.Re1 Qf3 16.Bxf3 Nxf3 mate ! If you are interested, you can have more information on

The score should read:
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Qe2 b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. c3 O-O 8. O-O d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nf4 11. Qe4 Nxe5 12. Qxa8 Qd3 13. Bd1 Bh3 14. Qxa6 Bxg2 15. Re1 Qf3 16. Bxf3 Nxf3#

and, indeed, some very intriguing information on this game can be found on Tim Krabbé's site as posted above.

Thanks Éric.

Maybe later, I'll post some information on T. H. Worrall. after whom the Worrall Attack was named.



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