End Game

  • Season 3
  • Aired 12/30/2010
  • 6,301 Views

A chess master defeats a computer programmer three times, but the machine electrocutes him on the fourth try.

announcer: IN THE 1970s,SOVIET RUSSIA

DIDN'T HAVE ROCK STARS.

THEY HADCHESS GRAND MASTERS.

- HA!announcer: IF YOU WANTED

SPECIAL TREATMENT ANDALL THE PERKS

OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY,YOU JUST HAD TO BEAT

EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLDAT THIS BRAINIAC BOARD GAME.

MEET NIKOLAI.HE WAS ON TOP.

AND WANTED TO STAY THERE.

HE KNEW HIS NEXT LOSSCOULD FIND HIM

IN THE DEEP FREEZEOF SIBERIA.

- IT'S A REALLY BIG DEALTO PLAY CHESS IN RUSSIA.

IN THE SOVIET ERA,IT WAS IN FACT

COMPLETELY STATE SUPPORTED,

AND SO NO ONE HAD TO WORRYABOUT EARNING A LIVING.

THEY JUST HAD TO LEARNABOUT PLAYING CHESS VERY WELL.

announcer:NIKOLAI WAS ABOUT TO PLAY

THE MOST IMPORTANT MATCHOF HIS LIFE.

HIS OPPONENT,THE COMRADE 5000--

A CHESS-PLAYING COMPUTER.

ITS INVENTORHAD BOASTED HIS MACHINE

COULD OUTPLAY ANY HUMAN,

EVEN THE UNBEATABLENIKOLAI.

THE COMRADE WAS ABLETO MOVE ITS PIECES

ON A POWERFULLY CHARGEDELECTROMAGNETIC BOARD.

[clicking]

SOON ENOUGH, NIKOLAIREALIZED HE WAS INVOLVED

IN THE GAME OF HIS LIFE...

OR FOR IT.

EACH MOVE BROUGHTTHE COMRADE CLOSER

TO PENETRATINGNIKOLAI'S STRATEGY.

NIKOLAI STARTED TO SWEAT.

PROFUSELY.

HE HAD THE COMRADE IN CHECK

AND WENT IN FOR THE KILL.

- [groaning]

announcer: BUT ITWAS NIKOLAI WHO WENT DOWN.

THE CHESS PIECES WERE MADEOF A HIGHLY CONDUCTIVE ALLOY,

AND THE INVENTOR HAD FAILEDTO GROUND THE BOARD PROPERLY.

THIS DESIGN FLAWWAS NIKOLAI'S UNDOING.

WHEN NIKOLAI'SSWEATY FINGERS MADE CONTACT

WITH THE CHESS PIECE...- [groaning]

announcer:IT WAS CHECKMATE

FOR THE ILL-FATED MASTER.

- BECAUSE OF THE SWEAT,THE ELECTRICAL CIRCUITRY--

A SHORT IN THE MECHANISM--ACTUALLY ALLOWED

A SIGNIFICANTVOLTAGE OF ELECTRICITY

TO PASS THROUGH HIS FINGER.

AS IT PASSES THROUGH THE BODY,IT'S GONNA KILL THE ORGANS

AND THEN IT JUST PASSES OUTAND GOES BACK TO GROUND.

OUR POOR LITTLECHESS PLAYER, HE'S COOKED.

announcer:WHEN IT CAME TO CHESS,

NIKOLAI RULED THE WORLD.

BUT WHEN THE KINGMET THE FUTURE

IN THE FORMOF A COMPUTER,

HE MET HIS MATCH.

- [groaning]

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