Modern Culture08 Dec 2008 01:39 pm
A new edition of The Intellectual Devotional, this time with a focus on Modern Culture, is now in stores! (Click here to order your copy.) As well as continuing to expand on posts from the General Edition, “The Devoted Intellect” blog will introduce and expand on material from the Modern Culture devotional. Today’s entry on Gary Kasparov is from the “Personalities” section.
In 1997, Chess Grandmaster and World Champion Garry Kasparov famously lost to the IBM super-computer Deep Blue. (The details of the match are included in today’s entry of The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture Edition.) But while fans of the Terminator films started getting skittish and looking around for a John Conner, Kasparov decided to participate in another spectacular match only two years later. This time, between June 21 and October 22 1999, Garry Kasparov took on the world.
Unlike the World Series of baseball (which, in fairness, includes a couple of Canadian teams) Kasparov’s challenge to the world was pretty comprehensive: he would play a game online against a group of over 50,000 players who voted on every move and went with the plurality. This time, Kasparov won, but it was nothing like the blow-out Deep Blue had when it won their sixth game in 19 moves. It was a pretty close game, and you can watch the whole thing replayed here. This is what the board looked like at the end:
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