Kasparov ‘forced’ to draw with X3D Fritz

November 13, 2003 | Source: NewScientist.com news service

Chess legend Garry Kasparov was forced to draw with computer program X3D Fritz on Tuesday in the first game of four.

The match was played on a virtual 3D chess board and Kasparov had to speak his moves through voice recognition software. Kasparov, commentators and the audience all wore 3D glasses so they could see the chess pieces and board “floating” in front of the screen — a move which some have criticised as a distracting gimmick.