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Letter #27 -  2011

Sub:    Super Computer HAL9000
06/22/11  4:43:10 PM EDT
From:  Cervantez

Hello chess-poster,

While visiting you page of "Great Games", I was thrilled to find the game between computer HAL and Frank Poole from "2001: A Space Odyssey." I watched this movie more than 40 years ago and I really liked it very much but at that time I did not play Chess and did not pay too much attention to the Chess game they both played.

After reviewing the game, I just wonder what were the words made by the computer after winning the game and what was the answer made by astronaut Frank Poole when checkmated.

Do you know?

Thank you very much

Dear visitor,

After HAL-9000 Computer (voice by Douglas Rain) moves 14. ... Bxg2, astronaut Dr. Frank Poole (played by Gary Lockwood) moved 15. Re1 and the following conversation took place:

HAL Computer: "I'm sorry Frank, I think you missed it: Queen to Bishop three; Bishop takes Queen; Knight takes Bishop... mate"

Frank Poole: "Ah... yeah looks like you're right... I resign"

HAL Computer: "Thank you for a very enjoyable game"

Frank Poole: "Yeah, thank you"

Thank you for visiting us,

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