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Man vs. Machine

”Chess is mental torture.”

On February 10, 1996, a famous chess game was held in Philadelphia between IBM chess computer Deep Blue and chess ace Gary Kasparov. Although the epic fight ended with the victory of Kasparov, the first game was won by Deep Blue that made history by defeating a reigning world champion. Moreover, next year the second match, which was held in New York, was won by the computer.

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Garry Kasparov

Chess champion Gary Kasparov contemplating board, training for his May rematch w. smarter version of Deep Blue, IBM computer that spooked him last yr. (Photo by Ted Thai//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

 

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