In May 1997, World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, regarded by many as the greatest player of all time, came to New York to face his most unusual and challenging opponent yet. Deep Blue, a supercomputer developed by a team of IBM Scientists in a project started ten years earlier, was capable of calculating 200 million chess positions per second and was incapable of tiring, losing heart or making an oversight. Six games would be played for over $1 million in prize money.
This book tells the full story of this historic encounter, from the personalities, hype and controversies to the debates over computer intelligence and the future of chess. Every game is analyzed in detail and the earlier 1989 and 1996 matches between the two contestants are reviewed.
Man versus Machine: kasparov vs. Deep Blue is the definitive on-the-scene report that every chess enthusiast must read.
"The brain's last stand." NEWSWEEK
"A victory by Deep Blue would be a very important and frightening milestone in the history of mankind." GARRY KASPAROV
"I just think we should look at this as a chess match between the world's greatest chess play-er and Garry Kasparov." IBM CHAIRMAN LOUIS V. GERSTNER
"Two of the finest writers on chess combine their talents to produce an instant classic on the match that captured the imagination of the world." LARRY EVANS,SYNDICATED CHESS COLUMNIST AND FIVE-TIME US CHAMPION
International Master David Goodman of New York spent six years reporting on Garry Kasparov for a wide range of publica-tions, including Time and Chess Life, and is the author of several books on world championship matches.
International Grandmaster Raymond Keene of London is the chess correspondent for The Times, The Sunday and The Spectator and is the author of over 100 books on chess, including several coauthored with Garry Kasparov.