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BBC on the current human-lost-to-computer chess saga…

“Deep Fritz, a chess-playing computer, has beaten human counterpart world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik in a six-game battle in Bonn, Germany.

Deep Fritz won by four points to two, after taking the last game in 47 moves in a match lasting almost five hours. “ [via] – Link.

About 9 years ago the humans lost the chess battle to Deep Blue “Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine” is definitely worth seeing if you’re interested in that sort of epic…

IBM is really active in the open source community, perhaps we could collectively request access to the Deep Blue source to not only see how it beat our best human chess player at the time, but to run our own versions of Deep Blue (it could run on a modern computer for sure by now). It might also clear up a lot of questions on how exactly IBM beat Kasparov too.

Anyone at IBM know who owns the assets? Were the sold to Lenovo (China)?

Seems reasonable that if a computer can beat a human, specifically at chess *eventually* we should be able to see how it was done and the actual calculations performed pre-move right?

Related:

  • Humans, Chess and DVDs – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. kejadlen says:

    If you check out the book Behind Deep Blue, by Feng-Hsiung Hsu, it’s a pretty good read on the history of Deep Blue and how it beat Kasparov the first time.

    Also, it uses special chess logic boards (chips?), so good luck getting it to run on a normal desktop!

  2. philliptorrone says:

    it could all be emulated by now though, ipods can run 10 year old console systems :)

  3. dyfrgi says:

    Good luck running Deep Blue style analysis on a modern PC. It analyzed 200M positions per second. While a modern core runs at about 3.5GHz, I wish you luck in doing any kind of real evaluation on a chess position in only 17 instructions.

    You can, however, run Deep Fritz. In this match, it ran on a dual Core Duo system, which analyzes more like 8M positions / second. It just does so in a much smarter way than Deep Blue does. Better heuristics, less brute force.

  4. robu says:

    If a collection of chess masters got together, would they be able to beat these machines?