Machine vs. Man: Checkmate

from the try,-try-again dept

Newsweek has a short article talking about the next Kasparov vs. computer chess match scheduled for this coming fall. The more interesting point in the article, though, is an explanation of the draw from the last match (most people felt that Kasparov had a superior position and could have won the last game). He admits that a blunder that cost him an earlier game haunted him throughout the rest of the tournament, and he chose to accept a draw, rather than face the possibility of blundering again – something the computer would never worry about. He points out that it’s this flaw that will make it nearly impossible for humans to beat computers in the future.

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