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Garry Kasparov - Chris Matthews

Kasparov makes a compelling case for the Bush Administration's hypocrisy in the world, and that Putin has the puppet Bush dancing to his tune. A dance meant to keep the world in turmoil so that KGB Inc. the company of which Putin is the CEO can benefit from high oil prices.

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Bill Maher - Garry Kasparov

Bill interviews Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster, and a candidate for President of Russia. Both Bill and Chris Matthews remark on Kasparov's level of sophistication compared to American candidates for president.

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Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major has been named Britain's most popular classical work in a Classic FM poll.

Mozart UK's favorite composer, and a related Classical Music Quiz

Sometimes you just have to link. Take part II of Abbas' Monday musing of How Brains Might Work, interesting in its own right, but it was this paragraph that jumped out at the chessplayer in me and has had me laughing all day. An amusing, where are they now segment, tucked in the middle of a serious work. Talk about a step down in the world for Deep Blue. One day you're on the world's stage, playing chess against the world champion and beating him, and the next day, a reservation clerk.

I also tried to explain what gives computers their programmable flexibility. (Did you know, for example, that Deep Blue, the computer which drove Kasparov to hair-pulling frustration and humiliation in chess, now takes reservations for United Airlines?)

Baghdad Street Battle Smacks of Open Civil War Now you might consider this bad news, but given the White House will spin this as a positive sign Iraqis expressing their opinions openly. A real improvement over the days when this sort of free speech was only heard in secret.

Snipers held rooftop positions as masked Sunni Arab insurgents said they were gearing up for another open street battle with pro-government Shiite militiamen in Baghdad's Adhamiya district on Tuesday.

The Arab Sunni stronghold is still feeling ripples from overnight clashes on Monday that appeared to be the closest yet to all-out sectarian fighting.

Reach Out And Bust Someone Satire by Don Davis

Science secret of Chess Grandmasters revealed

"For all you budding Kasparovs out there, a team of cognitive scientists has worked out how to think like a chess grand master. As those attending this week's Cognitive Science Society meeting in Chicago, Illinois, were told, the secret is to try to knock down your pet theory rather than finding ways to support it - exactly as scientists are supposed to do."

So begins a very interesting article about how Chess Grandmasters use Karl Popper's method of falsification just like scientists. Here is a link to the original academic paper by Cowley and Byrne.

Kasparov on NPR

"World chess champion Gary Kasparov is writing a six-volume series on fellow masters of the game. He's also a columnist with The Wall Street Journal. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about Bobby Fischer and other greats of the game."

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Kasparov on Fischer

Bobby Fischer was recently detained in Japan. Here is a thoughtful article on Bobby Fishcer and his chess by Gary Kasparov. Kasparov is working on a six volume series (These books are very well done and I recommend them highly) on the games of great players, and is currently working on Fischer.

Despite his short stay at the top there is little to debate about the chess of Bobby Fischer. He changed the game in a way that hadn't been seen since the late 19th century. The gap between Mr. Fischer and his contemporaries was the largest ever. He singlehandedly revitalized a game that had been stagnating under the control of the Communists of the Soviet sports hierarchy.


Despite the ugliness of his decline, Bobby Fischer deserves to be remembered for the great things he did for chess and for his immortal games. I would prefer to focus on not letting his personal tragedy become a tragedy for chess.

Kasparov vs. X3D Fritz

Match Drawn Final Score Kasparov 2 Fritz 2

Kasparov will play against another computer program in November. ESPN will broadcast a whopping 17.5 hours of the match! This time it will be the Fritz engine, one of the best five chess programs in the world. This version of the program includes X3D technology which creates a virtual 3D board. Check back here for game scores as the games are played. For more details go to

Kasparov vs X3D Fritz - Schedule (EST): Game 1: Nov. 11 1:00 pm Game
2: Nov. 13 1:00 pm Game 3: Nov. 16 1:00 pm Game 4: Nov. 18 1:00 pm. ...

The fritz program is running on 4 intel 2.8 ghz processors and looks at 4,000,000 positions per second, that translates to an 18 ply search in under 4 minutes.

Game one (Tuesday November 11) an incredibly exciting first game found Fritz repeating the position to force a draw. Kasparov repeated the opening he played against Junior. He won the game against Junior, but although he had chances against Fritz he was unable to win.
"The position was not easy technically. I think I missed a chance to consolidate my position. I was worrying a lot about the screen. I knew before this match that I could have some psychological problems with this technology."—Kasparov
Kasparov blundered in game two, overlooking a simple tactic and resigned several moves later. He looked devastated. You would expect now that the computer will win the match Kasparov will be lucky to end up with a tie. I believe the 3D format, having to use the glasses and not touching pieces and keeping score are a reall handicap for Kasparov. You spend 25 years playing the game one way and then are forced to play without touching pieces one would have to be uncomfortable at the least. Kasparov I think would have been more comfortable with a simple 2d display something he has experience with having played numerous games online.
Kasparov won game 3 although I'm not sure the Fritz programmers resigning down a pawn in a technically lost position is a win I would want. It is difficult to win against the computer even up a pawn and I would have liked to see more moves. Humans blunder as the previous game demonstrates. So what we have here is an attempt to keep television ratings up by having a tied match going into game 4. Understandable, but from the point of view of a chess player disappointing. Okay so I'm full of it. Having spent some time analyzing the final position the computer was dead lost. If I can find the win Kasparov certainly would have no problem.
Game 4 ended in a draw resulting in a tied match. I thought Kasparov's choice of Queens Gambit Accepted was a poor one. The opening usually leads to open positions which would favor tactics over strategy, a plus for the computer. Kasparov deviated from a game he won against Kramnik in the same opening where he exchanged his Queen for a Rook Bishop and Pawn and went on to win instead choosing 14. Be6 rather than the mentiond Nxf4. The game soon petered out into a drawn position. So the question of who plays the better chess Man or Machine will have to be answered another day. The computer will be stronger. Will the human have refined his play against the Machine, I'll be looking forward to the answer that question.

Game 1 Kasparov - Fritz 1/2 1/2
Game 2 Fritz - Kasparov 1 - 0
Game 3 Kasparov - Fritz 1-0
Game 4 Fritz - Kasparov 1/2 1/2

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What The Fuck?

For this first time since 1998 Garry Kasparov was not the winner at the Linares Super Grandmaster tournament. Not only didn't he win but his loss to Radjabov was awarded the best game prize. kasparov-mic.jpg
Kasparov's outburst over beauty prize in Linares Justice should be blind, but should beauty? At the closing ceremony the prize for the most beautiful game went to Kasparov-Radjabov. The teen's win over the #1 was a landmark moment, but Radjabov had a losing position and it took a "??" move from Kasparov to create the upset. Kasparov erupted at the ceremony and went after the journalists who had voted. Who was wrong?
Leko won the tournament, funny how the big story is Kasparov's outburst at the closing ceremony. The disputed game Download Linares Games in pgn format.

The Death of Chess?

In a recent article Dr. Ray Kurzweil, the inventor of optical character recognition used in flat bed scanners amongst other things, has suggested that once computers get better than humans at chess, we will lose interest in this venerable game. �Deep Fritz-like chess programs running on ordinary personal computers will routinely defeat all humans later in this decade. Then we'll really lose interest in chess.� This article was written after a match between world champion Vladimir Kramnik and Deep Fritz, programmed by Frans Morsch of Germany. The eight game match was tied 4-4. Gary Kasparov, who has the highest rating in the world, is currently playing Deep Junior. �Deep� in these names refers to the use of more than one processor in parallel. After 5 games at the time of writing the match is tied 2.5-2.5. There is only one game left and Kasparov will have black. It is likely that this match will be a tie or that the computer will win. If Deep Junior wins this match, should we lose interest in chess?
I think it is a strange attitude Dr. Kurzweil has here about the relation of computers and humans in chess. I have no doubt his prediction that desktop computers will regularly beat the best humans within a short amount of time is true. But why should this cause us to lose interest in the game of chess. The fact that Kasparov can beat me every time in a game of chess doesn't mean that I should lose interest in the game. The same applies to the situation between computers and humans. We don't lose interest in the 100 yard dash because an automobile can defeat the fastest humans every time. I think it is a tribute to the human mind that we have held out against computers this long. The only thing we might lose interest in is computer v human competitions. Human v human competition in chess will always be interesting regardless of how strong computers get.

Kasparov vs Junior

Kramnik only managed a draw in his match against Deep Fritz with very favorable rules will Kasparov fare better against Junior.

If you are looking for the Kasparov - X3D Fritz Match

Here is an interesting report on the upcoming match from the N.Y. Times (registration required)

On Sunday, he begins a six-game $1 million match against an Israeli program, Deep Junior, the three-time world computer chess champion.

The match will be played at the New York Athletic Club, and the games will be shown in real time on the Web here and here.

The play will start at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 26, 28, and 30, and on Feb. 2, 5, and 7. Each game will last at most seven hours.

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The Games

Final Result
Current Score Kaparov 3.0 Deep Junior 3.0

Important News Final Game on TV

CHESS: Garry Kasparov takes on Deep Junior
Kasparov faces the I.B.M. computer calculating three million moves per second! 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. ESPN2 (time eastern GMT -5)

Game 1 Kasparov-Deep_Junior 1-0
Game 2 Deep Junior - Kasparov 1/2-1/2
Game 3 Kasparov - Deep Junior 0-1

Kasparov after obtaining an opening advantage frittered it away and then refused to take advantage of a forced draw overlooking an excellent move by the computer and was forced to resign a few moves later. Rh5 was the losing move..

Game 4 Deep Junior - Kasparov 1/2-1/2

Game 5 Kasparov - Deep Junior 1/2-1/2

Looks like Kasparov had found a weakness in Juniors opening play to exploit Junior obliges by taking the greek gift 10 Bh7+ so why does Kasparov not play 15. g3 a move most Grandmaster commentators thought was simply winning. Analysis in the next few days should be interesting. Did Kasparov just wimp out or was there something the rest did not see.

Game 6 Deep Junior - Kasparov 1/2-1/2

A major disappointment Kasparov decided he would rather draw in a better position than take a chance on losing. He offered a draw the computer team turned it down Kasparov played another move the computer then played and offered a draw of its own Kasparov accepted. I think this was bad for chess ESPN televised the game and I doubt will bother again. Imagine its the fourth quarter the score is tied and the teams agree they don't want to lose and walk off the field. Kasparov's explanation that the costs of a possible mistake were to high. If you are playing another human if you make a mistake there is still a chance your opponent will make a mistake allowing you another chance. With the computer you don't get a second chance. He alluded to the 1997 match against Deep Blue that he lost. The memory of that loss was obviously more than he could deal with and hence the draw.

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Bareev 2.0 - HiarcsX 2.0 Final
The Kasparov - Junior match is not the only computer Grandmaster game in town Bareev the number eight ranked player in the world is currently playing a 4 game match against HiarcsX . Hiarcs is touted as playing the most human chess of all the chess playing computers. The match finshed tied if you would like to view the games on the Java Viewer I have included them with the Junior Kasparov games. Simply click on the file cabinet to choose the Hiarcs games.

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Kasparov, Computer Talk Smack

Karpov Beats Kasparov, Yes!!

Karpov beats Kasparov 2.5 - 1.5 and I'm thrilled. Near the end of the third game I was reminded of a comment Grandmaster Julian Hodgson made during the Kramnik-Kasparov match, "Kasparov is going down!!", he said with more than a bit of glee. Yes I thought, Kasparov is going down! I'm a fan of Karpov, I'm not a fan of Kasparov he's a jerk but boy can he play chess, beautiful chess. There are not many in the Chess World that aren't just arrogant pricks. Perhaps it has something to do with the single-mindedness necessary to excel at the game. Some exceptions come readily to mind Larry Christiansen, Igor Ivanov, there are others I haven't met that seem to be real gentlemen, Anand for one. I'd love to see him win a World Championship. Here's a thought, Liberals prefer Karpov and Conservatives prefer Kasparov. I really don't have any convincing evidence for that proposition. Well there is the fact that I'm Liberal and he's a Conservative. I like Karpov, he likes Kasparov. An admittedly small sample, but then again... So if you follow the game and would like to express an opinion I'm interested. One thing I can say I appreciate the chess they play, the opportunistic jerks like Kasparov, and the nuts like Fischer. I think it is important to judge the player and his games separately. Of course that's true of any art be it painting or music or ... If you haven't noticed I've posted the games here in several formats for your perusal, and picture is worth a thousand words.

Karpov vs. Kasparov

Karpov Wins 2.5-1.5

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat

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X3D Technologies will host the first world chess match broadcast over
the Internet in 3D. The event will star legendary world chess
champions Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov in a two-day match from
the ABC news building in New York's Times Square.

The matches will be broadcast over the Internet on Thursday December 19th
and Friday December 20th at 5:00 PM and 6:15 PM EST. Each game will be
played in approximately one hour, with 25 minutes for each player at the
start, plus an increment of additional 10 seconds per move.

X3D Technologies will broadcast the event live in eXtreme 3D, presenting Kasparov and Karpov floating in space inside and in front of the computer screen.

The Internet Chess Club will cover the match live. (membership required )Click on the Kasparov/Karpov match in the BlitzIn event list or "finger Kasparov-Karpov" for additional information about the match.

Chess.FM, live Internet Chess Radio will also have live coverage of the match. Join host Tony Rook, as GM Boris Alterman, GMLarry Christiansen, and NM Dan Heisman provide expert commentary, andICC members Sveshi and Hangin report live from the site.

The Games

Game 1: Karpov blunders in time scramble loses.

Game 2: Karpov comes roaring back to win. You'll love his 42 move see if you can figure out why Kasparov captured with the Queen rather than the Bishop. They were both short of time at the end, quite a scramble. So the match is even two more games tommorrow starting at 5:00 pm eastern time.

Game 3: Karpov gives Kasparov an endgame lesson. Fantastic technique and the fast time control gave Karpov the win in the third game he now leads 2-1 with one game left to play. Early expectations in this game were for a quick draw, but it was not to be. This is one hell of a match.

Game 4: Another Petrov's this time a draw Karpov wins match 2.5-1.5 Wow!
I really liked Karpov 26th move f6 Black can't play Re7 because Black simply takes the Bishop on d6.

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Do not pass Go

To see this story with its related links on the Guardian Unlimited site

Do not pass Go
Computers can beat the world's best chess players but have yet to master other classic games like Go, writes David Levy

Ever since Garry Kasparov's sensational 1997 loss to the IBM chess monster Deep Blue, the chess world has thirsted for revenge. But the first opportunity ended in failure in Bahrain on Saturday, when Kasparov's former pupil and successor as World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik, could only draw an 8-game match against one of the world's leading chess engines, Fritz. But this was just the latest in a long series of human versus computer encounters that illustrate the inexorable march of artificial intelligence (AI).

It's a story that began at a Dartmouth University conference in 1956, when several of the founding fathers of AI defined the goals of that infant science. One of them was to create a computer program that could defeat the world chess champion. Success would, those scientists believed, reach to the very core of human intellectual endeavour.

By the early 1990s, due in no small part to the successes achieved in computer chess, the interest of the AI community had spread to many other games of skill, including backgammon, bridge, Go and Scrabble. Where exactly are we now in this fascinating struggle?

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Chess and Boxing

Another chess player climbs into the ring On Saturday another brainy boxer, Wladimir Klitschko, will fight for the WBO Heavyweight Title in Atlantic City with Garry Kasparov watching. In a future match against Lewis, Klitschko has suggested the two should play a game of chess before the fight with Garry Kasparov watching.

What's up with all the boxers playing chess. They're smart enough to play chess but dumb enough to box. A paradox?.

How Many Champions?

It looks like the giant egos in the chess world were actually able to agree
on something. Plans are being made for the reunification of the chess world
championship!! There are currently two players claiming the title of world champion. Ruslan Ponomariov , the FIDE World Champion and Vladimir Kramnik who defeated Gary Kasparov. One has the feeling that somehow Kasparov thinks he is still champion he still has the highest rating in the world, and seems to have both Kramnik's and Ponomariov number in recent tournaments. So perhaps it should be four. It was really getting depressing I was starting to think that the chess world was using professional boxing as a model so this is good news indeed.

Do You Play Chess?

In the early ninety's when chess players still got together in person my good friend Stephen invited the usual suspects over for a little barbecue and some chess. He said he had some visitors we would enjoy meeting. I asked who, he said that Grandmaster Alex Sherzer would be there and the rest he would save until later. I prodded without success. As it turned out Alex was not traveling alone, the others in his party were introduced as Lyle, Zoie and Sofia. The conversation quickly turned to chess, the PCA the Intel Grand Prix, as well as the merits of different players. I think at least some of us were wondering, could this Sofia be Sofia Polgar, at least I was. We didn't have to wait long to find out. About five minutes into the conversation Tim said, "well ladies do you play chess." To which they replied "oh a little." Most chess players know the code "oh a little" means I can kick the crap out of you over the board. A few minutes later not satisfied, Tim said to Sofia, "you look a lot like Judit Polgar", a real conversation stopper. Stephen said, "well of course she looks like Judit this is Sofia her sister". Tim said, "NO, not really" to which Stephen in his most serious tone replied, "Yes Tim really". Tim didn't say anything for several minutes. Then you could see the realization on his face, like the sun rising in the morning a glimmer of light reflected in his eye. Then just as quickly as if the entire day had passed in that one moment the sun set and his face turned a dark crimson red. There was nowhere to hide; all he could manage was a soft oh. Sofia gave us all gave a chance to prove our skill at speed chess, all quickly fell victim to a very good player. Tim claims to have won one game, but after watching Sofia crush Alex Sherzer game after game, I don't believe him. Tim was not alone however, the previous weekend Sofia, Alex and company were in Tucson, Sofia wasn't playing but was at the tournament where no one recognized her.

Sofia Polgar is a two-times Gold medallist with Hungarian national women's team in 1988 and 1990. Her biggest success was in Rome, 1989 with a performance rating over 2900! (Kasparov's current rating is 2838) In a field of strong GMs she won the competition with 8.5/9, which at the time was a record in open tournaments.

Here is one of her best games from the tournament with her own annotations Sofia Polgar - Alexander Chernin. Rome 1989 and some additional information about Sofia.