Man Vs. Machine

For all who like Chess…Super Grandmaster Kasparov takes game one against Deep Junior (supercomputer).

The news in English:

Better website dedicated to the event (in German):,1518,231764,00.html

Game One (see the game play by play):

Game One (text):

1.d4 d5
2.c4 c6
3.Nc3 Nf6
4.e3 e6
5.Nf3 Nbd7
6.Qc2 Bd6
7.g4 dxc4
8.Bxc4 b6
9.e4 e5 Surprisingly Junior was out of book here and needed a long time for this move.

10.g5 Nh5
11.Be3 0-0
12.0-0-0 Qc7
13.d5N [ RR 13.Be2 exd4
14.Nxd4 Nf4
15.Kb1 Be5
16.h4 Nc5
17.h5 Nce6
18.g6 Nxd4
19.Bxd4 Be6
20.gxh7+ Kxh7
21.Bf3 Rad8
22.Be3 Rxd1+
23.Rxd1 Rd8
24.Ne2 Rxd1+
25.Qxd1 c5
26.Qd2 Nxe2
27.Bxe2 Qd6 Ward,C-Gausel,E/Copenhagen 2002/CBM 88/[Wells]/1/2-1/2 (58); RR 13.Kb1 g6 14.Be2 exd4 15.Nxd4 Nf4 16.h4 b5 17.Bxb5 Bb7 18.h5 Be5 19.Bc4 Nb6 20.Be2 Rae8 21.hxg6 fxg6 22.a4 Nxe2 23.Qxe2 Qf7 24.f4 Bh8 25.e5 c5 26.Ndb5 Qb3 27.Nd6 Bxh1 Hillarp Persson,T-Borgo,G/Batumi 1999/CBM 74/1-0 (37)]

13…b5?! 14.dxc6 bxc4 15.Nb5! Kasparov remains true to kind and goes for the maximum result. [ 15.cxd7 Bxd7 16.Qd2 Bg4 17.Qxd6 Qxd6 18.Rxd6 Bxf3 19.Rg1+/= ]

15…Qxc6 16.Nxd6 Kasparov would win this position easily against any human being. But against a computer?!

16…Bb7 Black is hoping for counterplay against the pawn on e4.

17.Qc3! [ 17.Nf5 achieves nothing 17…Qxe4 18.Ne7+ Kh8 19.Qxe4 Bxe4 20.Rxd7 Bxf3= ]

17…Rae8?! Gives a rook for a knight in order to save the pawn on e5. [ 17…Rab8 18.Nxe5 Nxe5 19.Qxe5 Qa4 looks better.]

18.Nxe8 Rxe8 19.Rhe1 Qb5 20.Nd2 Rc8 21.Kb1 Nf8 22.Ka1 Ng6 23.Rc1 Ba6 24.b3! cxb3 25.Qxb3 Ra8 26.Qxb5 Bxb5 27.Rc7 White is complety dominating. At this point the Junior team resigned. 1-0

Go Garry!

I used to be a Chess freak - T’was a long time ago though :slight_smile:

I used to play chess all the time. I was a fan of Mr. Fischer. Talk about a “what if”. Kasparov is a good guy and a machine in his own right. I remember reading about him some years ago where the author said that any of us would have a better chance of climbing Mt. Everest than beating Kasparov. Only 5 or 6 people have ever beaten him…if that many. Go Gary, defeat the machines.

What they don’t discuss however is the engine behind Junior. Deep blue was over 100 times more powerful, and used pure calculation speed (20 million moves per second) to play out every single possible move, whilst Junior has been designed to learn from its mistakes, has descision making processes similar to human beings, and learns how its opponent plays to exploit their weaknesses rather than making the best move. This is why there were 25 minute pauses through out the game.

Hi there…some cool info from my former employer :slight_smile:


  1. Deep Blue can examine and evaluate up to 200,000,000 chess positions per second

Garry Kasparov can examine and evaluate up to three chess positions per second

  1. Deep Blue has a small amount of chess knowledge and an enormous amount of calculation ability.

Garry Kasparov has a large amount of chess knowledge and a somewhat smaller amount of calculation ability.

  1. Garry Kasparov uses his tremendous sense of feeling and intuition to play world champion-calibre chess.

Deep Blue is a machine that is incapable of feeling or intuition.

  1. Deep Blue has benefitted from the guidance of five IBM research scientists and one international grandmaster.

Garry Kasparov is guided by his coach Yuri Dokhoian and by his own driving passion play the finest chess in the world.

  1. Garry Kasparov is able to learn and adapt very quickly from his own successes and mistakes.

Deep Blue, as it stands today, is not a “learning system.” It is therefore not capable of utilizing artificial intelligence to either learn from its opponent or “think” about the current position of the chessboard.

  1. Deep Blue can never forget, be distracted or feel intimidated by external forces (such as Kasparov’s infamous “stare”).

Garry Kasparov is an intense competitor, but he is still susceptible to human frailties such as fatigue, boredom and loss of concentration.

  1. Deep Blue is stunningly effective at solving chess problems, but it is less “intelligent” than even the stupidest human.

Garry Kasparov is highly intelligent. He has authored three books, speaks a variety of languages, is active politically and is a regular guest speaker at international conferences.

  1. Any changes in the way Deep Blue plays chess must be performed by the members of the development team between games.

Garry Kasparov can alter the way he plays at any time before, during, and/or after each game.

  1. Garry Kasparov is skilled at evaluating his opponent, sensing their weaknesses, then taking advantage of those weaknesses.

While Deep Blue is quite adept at evaluating chess positions, it cannot evaluate its opponent’s weaknesses.

  1. Garry Kasparov is able to determine his next move by selectively searching through the possible positions.

Deep Blue must conduct a very thorough search into the possible positions to determine the most optimal move (which isn’t so bad when you can search up to 200 million positions per second).

my cousin went to the nationals for chess and wrestling, interesting combination huh?

Gary is in a tie right now…tomorrow is D-Day. Go Gary!

Gary ties the computer!

Woo Hoo!