Deep Blue Versus Kasparov Revisited

Strange to think that this took place over 14 years ago. I felt at the time that number crunching victory via brute force computing power was of no more a revelation than a Porsche speeding past a human runner. Make no mistake, this was not artificial ‘intelligence’, just a very powerful piece of hardware calculating millions of possibilities. But back then of course we were in the midst of the technology bubble with machines and software to sell and profits to show.

The following clip does rather over dramatize things and is highly ‘selective’ with what it mentions (the fact that computers still struggle with Go would have been a real party pooper, not to mention what tweaking a few chess rules might do to them). And I get the feeling that they would have liked Morgan Freeman as the commentator and the theme to Chariots of Fire as background music, but the budget didn’t spread that far.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: