Previous | Next

Deep Blue

IBM's Deep Blue

IBM's Deep Blue
In the first ever traditional chess match between a man (world champion Garry Kasparov) and a computer (IBM's Deep Blue) in 1996, Deep Blue won one game, tied two and lost three. The next year, Deep Blue defeated Kasparov in a six-game match -- the first time a reigning world champion lost a match to a computer opponent in tournament play. Deep Blue was a combination of special purpose hardware and software with an IBM RS/6000 SP2 (seen here) -- a system capable of examining 200 million moves per second, or 50 billion positions, in the three minutes allocated for a single move in a chess game. (VV1001)