Kasparov, Deep Blue play to a draw
May 6, 1997
Web posted at: 8:25 p.m. EDT
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Game 3 between world chess champion Garry Kasparov's
and IBM's Deep Blue computer played to a draw Tuesday. That left their
series tied at one win each.
Kasparov offered the draw after his 48th move. Deep Blue
immediately accepted, bringing the 4 1/2-hour match to a close.
The 34-year-old Russian defeated Deep Blue in Saturday's opening
game of the series but the computer came back to win Sunday's
On Tuesday, Kasparov played white, giving him the slight
advantage of making the first move. He opened the game in the same
cautious manner as he began the previous two games, playing a
slow-developing series of moves in which his offensive intentions
were not immediately clear.
Kasparov and Deep Blue jockeyed their pieces for position and
did not engage in the first exchange of pawns until the 18th move
of the game.
On its 25th move, Deep Blue initiated an exchange of queens,
commencing a long endgame that culminated in the draw.
In their first match -- held in Philadelphia in February 1996 --
Kasparov lost badly to Deep Blue in the first game, then rallied
back to win the second, fifth and sixth games. Man and machine
played to a draw in the third and fourth games.
Kasparov has said that barring human error, man will always be
better than machine at chess. But IBM technicians said they had
improved Deep Blue since last year's match and the machine can now
examine twice as many positions per second, 200 million.
Several hundred people paid $25 each to watch a video feed of
the contest in a first-floor auditorium at the Equitable Center, a
midtown Manhattan skyscraper. The game was played on the building's
Game 4 of the match is scheduled for Wednesday, with Games 5 and
6 to be played on Saturday and Sunday. The winner takes home
$700,000 of a $1.1 million purse.
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