Garry Kasparov vs Deep Blue 😲 Real Time Commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan (1997)

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The match of Garry Kasparov vs Deep Blue is now firmly cemented in chess lore. Computer chess has always fascinated us, used as a litmus test of artificial intelligence. Google’s AlphaZero made world headlines in 2017 when it taught itself how to play chess in just four hours, and then beat the strong Stockfish engine.

The late 90s, however, were when it first started getting serious and a chess computer was getting close to defeating a top-level human player. The first Kasparov vs Deep Blue match had quite convincingly gone the way of the human player in 1996, but now IBM’s super computer was back for the rematch, and stronger than ever before.

Game 1 had been won by Kasparov, with Deep Blue allegedly suffering a bug in the endgame and resorting to a fail-safe move. One of the downfalls of computer chess, perhaps. Kasparov, however, thought this move the sign of a superior intelligence instead, and when game 2 rolled around, Deep Blue won in spectacular fashion when Kasparov resigned in a drawn position.

Chess computers don’t have to worry about the psychological aspects of the game. Kasparov’s confidence was somewhat shaken when it was time for game 3. GM Yasser Seirawan was on hand to provide analysis of the game. Everyone settled in to watch but Kasparov didn’t play his usual aggressive 1. e4 or 1. d4. What move did he play? 1. d3! A popular idea now, but relatively new at the time, Garry Kasparov played this rare move in an attempt to push the chess computer out of the openings book.

It did lead to a slight but lasting positional advantage for White, but Kasparov was unable to land on the most precise plan of attack. Deep Blue was subsequently able to achieve equality – leading to a draw after 48 moves.

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