How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 1

How to Beat an 80s Chess Computer - Part 1

I played a match last week. My opponent didn't shake my hand at the start of the match, had very little to say after the game, and what is more he neither drinks nor sleeps and eats only AA batteries.
His name is: Chess Challenger (model 6105) by Fidelity, and is alleged to play at a level of 2000 USCF.
Here is a photo of the silicon monster as black on a rainy day:

In other words, recently my grandad decided he had got enough joy out of his old chess machine, and decided to pass it down to me. I decided to play a match of 12 games against it on the 5 seconds/move setting (I didn't measure how long I was taking on each move, but I spent usually about the same amount of time as the computer, only occasionally going into a deep think of 1 or 2 minutes). In this post, we will look at the first three. There are some puzzles from the games if you want to train your tactical skills. In the last post in the series, I will attempt to give some practical tips for playing against a computer based upon these match games.
Game 1 - Sicilian Steamroller
Before we get to the game itself, here are a couple of puzzles from the critical positions:

Game 2 - Caveman Swindle

Game 3 - A Piece for 2 Pawns

Score after 3/12 rounds
Mark Waterfield - Chess Challenger
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