World champion to battle chess supercomputer

August 2, 2001 | Source: CNN

World chess champion Vladimir Kramnik will play the “Deep Fritz 7″ chess supercomputer in an eight-game match in Bahrain in October.
This will be the first man vs. machine chess showdown since IBM Corp.’s “Deep Blue” RS/6000-based parallel computer defeated former world chess champion Garry Kasparov 3.5 points to 2.5 points in 1997.

Deep Fritz has been built from scratch by an independent group of computer and chess specialists, led by Dutch programmer Frans Morsch, after IBM decided not to continue the Deep Blue project. Deep Fritz has previously beaten Deep Blue, Kasparov and World Chess Federation champion Vishwanathan Anand.