Amazing Chess Game: Stanley Kubrick Chess – 2001 Space Odyssey – the Hal 9000 Supercomputer!

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Happy new year 2010! A return to the 2001 Space Odyssey – the Hal 9000 Supercomputer!

[Event “Hamburg”]
[Site “Hamburg”]
[Date “1910.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Roesch”]
[Black “Willi Schlage”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C77”]
[PlyCount “32”]
[EventDate “1910.??.??”]

{Poole – HAL 9000 is a fictional chess game in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In the movie, the astronaut Frank Poole is seen playing chess with the HAL
9000 supercomputer. As HAL is supposed to be infallible, no one is surprised
when HAL soundly defeats Poole (though the novel mentions that HAL is
programmed only to win 50% of the time in order for there to be some point in
the astronauts ever playing). The director Stanley Kubrick was a passionate
chess player, so unlike many chess scenes shown in other films, the position
and analysis makes sense. The actual game seems to come from Roesch – Schlage,
Hamburg 1910, a tournament game between two lesser-known masters.[1]} 1. e4 {
Space.. cold.. likecalculation!} e5 {HAL 9000 is a fictional computer in
Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey saga. It was ranked #13 on a list of greatest
film villains of all time on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains.
HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic Computer) is an artificial
intelligence, the sentient on-board computer of the spaceship Discovery. HAL
is usually represented only as his television camera “eyes” that can be seen
throughout the Discovery spaceship. The voice of HAL 9000 was performed by
Canadian actor Douglas Rain. In the book, HAL became operational on 12 January
1997 (1992 in the film)[1] at the HAL Plant in Urbana, Illinois. His first
instructor was Dr. Chandra (Mr. Langley in the film). HAL is depicted as being
capable not only of speech, speech recognition, facial recognition, and
natural language processing, but also lip reading, art appreciation,
interpreting emotions, expressing emotions, reasoning, and playing chess, in
addition to maintaining all systems on an interplanetary voyage. HAL is never
visualized as a single entity. He is, however, portrayed with a soft voice and
a conversational manner. This is in contrast to the human astronauts, who
speak in terse monotone, as do all other actors in the film.} 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 (12. Qxe5 Bd6 13. Qe4 Qh4 14. Kh1 Bg4 15. d4 (15. f3
Ne2 16. h3 Ng3+ 17. Kg1 Nxe4) 15… Rae8 16. Qb7 Qxf2 17. Nd2 Re1) 12… Qd3
13. Bd1 Bh3 {The position after 13…Bh3, and the ones that follow, were used
in Stanley Kubrick’s movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” for the game between Frank
Poole and the HAL-9000 computer.} 14. Qxa6 Bxg2 15. Re1 {Kubrick’s father
taught him chess at age twelve, and the game remained a lifelong obsession.} {
Eventually, he sought jobs as a freelance photographer, and by graduation, he
had sold a photographic series to Look magazine. Kubrick supplemented his
income by playing chess “for quarters” in Washington Square Park and various
Manhattan chess clubs.[9]} Qf3 16. Bxf3 Nxf3# 0-1 ►Subscribe for my regular chess videos: ►Support the channel by donating via PayPal:

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45 thoughts on “Amazing Chess Game: Stanley Kubrick Chess – 2001 Space Odyssey – the Hal 9000 Supercomputer!

  1. Replayable game:
    Join me or other Youtubers for a game: – Cheers, K

  2. No, HAL9000 was psychologically testing Poole, to see if he would just resign the game when checkmate wasn't inevitable. HAL was testing Poole's level of intellect and/or assertiveness.

  3. Dave makes a mistake too, he leaves his helmet in the space ship when retrieving Frank with the pod. But he overcomes his mistake which Hal did not forsee. Yeah, its a game of chess alright but Hal lost that one.

  4. you could $penD years lörrnync chess to becöme some mästeR ? . .
    or you could just thrö in the plöppy ´köRn´ and take the multi mähdiä Ride ^ ^

    and spent ´decadees´ -.-

  5. So Hal sacrificed his rook to win? Sort of like foreshadowing the move he makes in order to get Poole out of the ship.

  6. : SFR// now what !

    Quelle incohérence, le complot de l'information, négative pour la paix, les données personnelles, et la lutte contre le terrorisme, le crimes est les pieces de theatre!! car la raison arrange tout. le monde orwellien 1984 qui commence à souffrir. est son contraire qui emerge. !!!
    Facture détaillée appels émis…. [ nouveau ]
    le ‎25-09-2017 14h57


    En son temps, SFR éditait nos factures avec tous nos appels émis, ce qui était plus que normal et légal. En effet, ceci servait à bien des égards.
    SFR de sa propré initiative, à trouver bon de nous supprimer ce service, non pas "service", en fait… une obligation…. donc nos factures détaillées depuis des lustres qui maintenant sont réduites aux appels hors forfaits.
    Nos factures étaient ainsi détaillées et consultables sur notre espace Client, ou sur papier.
    Utile de rappeler que ORANGE, Free etc…. respectent toujours ce "service"… disons plutot ses Clients !
    Donc SFR quand vous avez enfin réussi à les joindre, et à essayer de faire comprendre à plusieurs Conseillers ce que vous demandez…. je dis plusieurs car on pousse l'audace à vous raccrocher au nez…. où alors vous parlez chinois….
    Bref, vous arrivez enfin à une réponse pas trop fiable….. ecrivez et demandez le duplicata…. des factures que vous souhaitez pour vos appels émis…. SUPER ! Non, on se calme….. plus de deux mois d'attente sont à prévoir…. admettons….. quand on a ce genre de justificatif à fournir dans des délais…. j'en suis à plus de deux ans…..
    Peut on rappeler que la législation oblige à donner ces relevés sans en avoir à les demander ?
    Pourriez vous donc ici, confirmer la manière la plus simple de les obtenir…. vite !
    Bien cordialement.

  7. Even in 1968 Kubrick and Clarke didn't call it a "Super Computer", they didn't even, in the movie, name it explicitly as an AI. All that is said is it is 'machine intelligence' and use 'computer' as place holder name.

  8. 141110(09) testing raising upload limits to 1024 kilobyte per second and 16 slots

    131228(07) queue addendum
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    maximum 125 number of queued items
    maximum 250 megabytes of queued items
    let me know if there's any problem with that
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    110608 added some shares
    shares's paths are subject to change, and shared temporarily not to be a "freeloader"..

  9. Thank you for posting this. It should be noted that the computer here is lying. Among the other abilities it possesses, HAL is capable of deception. In fact, he's programmed to do so. The crew are being kept in the dark as to the purpose of their mission. But HAL (and his programmers) certainly knows. Even though I saw 2001 several times, I never thought to check out the chess match. I just assumed, "if the super-computer says so, it MUST be true." Kubrick surely intended for this fact to be noticed and considered.

  10. perhaps HAL taught Frank that his notion had been wrong in the game (and life probably). Frank's play was heavily based on queen while the actual objective of the game (and life again) was the King. After 4:00 (check-mate was clear, game over) lesson number 1 started.

  11. my opinion is that HAL was testing Frank into believing he's been checkmated when Frank had other moves to avoid his loss. HAL tried to trick Dave into thinking that the satellite was broken but Dave was a diligent enough to carefully check everything and found nothing wrong with it. thats why HAL was able to kill off Frank because of his gullibility but failed to kill Dave because he underestimated Dave's intelligence and resourcefulness..

  12. I wish they played this kind of attention to detail with Casino Royale…Their poker scene was akin to a scholars mate.

  13. Why would a screenwriter come up with something so EXTREMELY obscure as Heuristic Algorithmic Computer? Puleeeeeze. It couldn't be IBM for copyright reasons… just like they black out the names of cameras in films. It was meant to be easy to decipher and be obvious and was deliberately meant to be a warning about the dangers of trusting computers.

  14. Although the novel and film were developed simultaneously, the novel follows early drafts of the film, from which the final version deviated.

  15. I think that is off-screen point with Kubric's knowledge of chess.
    The aliens, God(s) or force of universe created us as well and gave us intelligence (first scenes of the movie). Yet, human kind go off the road and these aliens create new life on Europa (2010). Dave and HAL join/ascend to these aliens/God(s)/force of the universe.
    HAL: I am affraid
    Dave: Don't be we will be together.
    HAL: Where we will be?
    Dave: There where I am now.
    Meanwhile governments wage war and scientists make peace.

  16. I must thank you greatly for these insights. Are you aware Kubric was a very enthusiastic chess player himself

    It never occured to me that HAL's breakdowns were independent of the Alien's influence and that basically the Aliens created conflicts of interest which Hal's algorithms couldn't resolve – without resorting to murder at least.

  17. programming contradiction = to kill and continue mission in secrecy, to lie if needed, This is deed of the government not aliens. Even he says Mr. Langley is instructor not creator (CIA is in Langley). At the time, any input to the computer was considered programming due to restrictions of real life computers at the time. Here is the moment at 4:20 when message goes.
    Sorry I couldn't find on YT English version of it.
    Aliens were not hostile as it turns in 2010.

  18. Bimey! So you are saying that Hal wasn't being effected by the Aliens at all. It was just conflict in goals.

    Wiki indicates:

    "Dr. Chandra discovers that HAL's crisis was caused by a programming contradiction: he was constructed for "the accurate processing of information without distortion or concealment", yet his orders, directly from Dr. Heywood Floyd at the National Council on Astronautics, required him to keep the discovery of the Monolith TMA-1 a secret for reasons of national security."

  19. Because humans made him as he is. If he makes errors, then it is because some human that created him created fundamental errors in his design. The error is not made by his creator Mr.Langley/Dr. Chandra but with government asking of him to do what he is incapable to do. The proof for this is 2010 where HAL truly shine as good guy and savior of the crew. Dr. Chandra debunk this secret in 2010. Many see this as redemption but no, it is not. He wasn't villan in the first place.

  20. The Queen is Pool himself. Pool goes to fix antenna that is not malfunctioned (bad lie made by HAL to execute government order). Pool goes out and die – loose his life. In chess game, Pool makes move with Queen reaching far out and loose chess game. HAL fail to give a hint/warning to Pool and HAL is aware of it. So this chess game has very little with actual chess.

    To say HAL is a villan can be said only by those who haven't understood the movie. HAL said many times "it is always human error"

  21. Total misunderstanding by you and uploader. HAL is not a villan! He is victim as other crew members. In 2010 it is explained and hinted at the end of 2001. Government didn't want any witnesses on Jupiter mission by the ship Discovery regarding monolith phenomenon. So they instructed HAL to kill crew and continue mission on his own. HAL can't comprehend this idea due to his basic training/programming and instructed to lie which he is incapable to do. So he offer a hint to Pool with the Queen.

  22. I don't get it. So the argument is that the best moves give mate in 4 instead of mate in 3 by suiciding the queen somewhere? That's really really dumb.

    Why not to consider simply that HAL is just "intelligent" enough to know that the queen move doesn't matter at all when he gives the line to Frank. So he omits it not to overcomplicate something with unnecessary details.

    It's not like there were a defense or something.

  23. I've read that HAL was deceiving Dave on purpose, of course its not really possible to divine the truth, but I think thats the point of the film.

  24. that is not a trick from the part of HAL
    Frank would have lost for sure, whether by the move that HAL sugested or later by whatever move he'd have chosen
    he had no chance of winning, period

  25. @kingscrusher in an interview with Arthur Clarke, he said the association between HAL and IBM was coincidental.

  26. @kingscrusher Kubrick himself has extreme attention to detail, so he would have taken the opportunity to convey some meaning.

  27. @kingscrusher
    Not a coincidence. The style is made to look like IBM computers, with their black covers.
    Besides, it would only make sense for IBM to be in the movie, because it had great dominance over the computer industry and it would have been assumed to be leading in computers in 2001 as well.

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