"The first time I saw a computer it was playing in a Massachusetts tournament," says Shelby Lyman, who did television commentary during the Fischer-Spassky series. "I never saw a more depressed person than the guy who was playing it. Finally, the thing got to the end game and lost. I went around saying, 'Boy, is that thing stupid.' That was 1972. Now I'm impressed.
"If computers became better players than people, I would be delighted. I mean, why not? It wouldn't stop humans from playing. Someday computers could help the top masters. Why should we be afraid of such things?"