Tuesday, February 10, 2009

War Games, Chess Games

IBM Deep Blue
"How about a nice game of chess?"

On this day in 1996, the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue became the first machine to win a chess game against a reigning world champion, Garry Kasparov, under regular time controls (see Deep Blue - Kasparov, 1996, Game 1 for a description of the game).

However, Kasparov won three games and drew two of the following games, beating Deep Blue by a score of 4–2. The match concluded on February 17, 1996.

Deep Blue was then heavily upgraded (unofficially nicknamed "Deeper Blue") and played Kasparov again in May 1997, winning the six-game rematch 3½–2½, ending on May 11, and becoming the first computer system to defeat a reigning world champion in a match under standard chess tournament time controls.

Here's a clip from War Games (1983) with another supercomputer that liked to play chess (and other games):

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