since Kasparov's infamous match against Deep Blue in 1996, the
battle between humans and computers has been fought on the chessboard.
This time, however, there was no board involved.
a hardware and software company which is currently revolutionizing
how we play games using the technology of virtual reality. During
the match last week against X3D Fritz, Gary Kasparov never touched
a chess piece. He played the entire match (four games) looking
through virtual reality goggles.
There was a lot of controversy
at the beginning of this year about the results in the Kasparov-Deep
Junior match. The fans were disappointed in the rather anticlimactic
draw that occurred, especially because computer analysis shows
that Kasparov had an edge in the final game.
You can imagine
the anticipation for this event. After drawing the first game,
fans were experiencing déjà vu. When Kasparov lost
a crucial point in the second game, a drawn match suddenly seemed
more like a victory. Kasparov showed the tiger inside in the third
game, tying the score at 1.5-1.5.
It all came down to the
final game. Kasparov wasn't too fond of his chances with the black
pieces, but when X3D Fritz came out with a surprise opening, it
all seemed possible again. Instead of entering an extremely tactical
line with a queen sacrifice on move 13 (a line with which he defeated
GM Kramnik in 2001), Kasparov chose a more solid line and decided
then that a draw would be the result.
The game ended after
27 moves. So the match was tied and the battle for chess dominance
is still unresolved.
X3D Fritz - Kasparov, G.
vs. Machine Virtual Reality (4), 11.19.2003