A Look Back at Garry Kasparov vs IBM’s Deep Blue

Although most people celebrate the May 11, 1997 defeat of Kasparov by Deep Blue, it was on February 17, 1996 when Kasparov defeated the first version of Deep Blue. This 2018 article from Chess.com takes a look back at Kasparov vs. Deep Blue and how their first bout changed both chess and artificial intelligence.

Over 20 years ago, World Champion Garry Kasparov took on IBM and the super-computer Deep Blue in the ultimate battle of man versus machine. This was a monumental moment in chess history and was followed closely around the world. This match appealed to chess players, scientists, computer experts, and the general public. At the time of the match, Kasparov was the reigning world champion. Kasparov was put to the ultimate test carrying the weight of humanity on his shoulders heading into this iconic chess battle.

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