(Click on the link(s) below, to be taken to the page for that game.)
(All the above games are deeply annotated. A text-score page ... AND a java-script re-play page as well. Plus many links!)
---> The diary of the match:
Game # 1. Kasparov is White and hits the poor box with a prepared line.
This looks like a big hole in the opening 'book' of the computer, the machine's play in the rest of this game was really pathetic. While a brilliant game for Garry, this must have set off (A LOT!!! of) fire-alarms for the Deep Junior team.
Score: 1 - 0 for Garry.
Game # 2. Kasparov plays another line, (Sicilian); that he must have analyzed beforehand.
Once again, Garry Kasparov - always a master of preparation - plays another line he surely cooked up in advance for the program. (And I am also reasonably sure he played several training games against the box, and knew it did NOT handle the resultant positions very well.) And once again only a mis-step by Garry allows DJ to escape with a draw. Does anyone realize the score should be 2-0 for GM G. Kasparov? What a game. (Garry will be mad at himself for a while for missing the knock-out blow here. A brilliancy that might have been.)
Score: 1.5 - 0.5 for Garry.
Game # 3. Another Semi-Slav opening, nearly identical to the first game. The computer seems addicted to the rather inferior 6...b6!?. Anyway, it was a wild and as sharp an opening as you will ever see - especially for a double-QP line like this.
thought Garry would find a forced win, but he never quite conjured up the
For a long time it looked like he was winning, but the computer program defended
Score: 1.5 - 1.5 .............. even!
Game # 4. My computer crashed, so I did not learn about game four (#4) until well after the fact. Apparently the computer played a weird opening, and Kasparov had many chances. (He could have played ...b5 and seized the initiative. Why he did not is a complete mystery to me.) Anyway, as the game progressed, the computer got a very strong initiative, and maybe even missed a chance to win. Kasparov was very fortunate to hold Deep Junior to a draw.
Score: 2.0 - 2.0 .............. even!
Game # 5. In the fifth game, Kasparov was either tired or spooked. Garry played the opening simply but powerfully, and seemed all set to dominate the center. (The opening was a Nimzo-Indian.) The computer sacrifices on h2. According to one of my students, this is a sacrifice which is known to be bad. GM John Federowicz - commenting on chess.fm - said the sacrifice was very unsound. (!) Yet Kasparov played weakly and allowed the computer to make a perpetual. Draw!
Score: 2.5 - 2.5 .............. even!
# 6. The sixth game was very tense, the media coverage was unlike
anything seen in recent years. Every major network and news agency had representatives
Everyone said Garry was out to prove himself and was determined to show that he was clearly the best player in the world. The stakes were high, a loss would cost Garry a QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS!!! Garry played the Najdorf Sicilian in response to Junior's 1.e4. The former world Champion slowly increased the energy in his position until it exploded in an exchange sacrifice on c3. All the commentators were exultant, it appeared that Deep Junior would go down in flames.
Then - just when it looked like there would be real fireworks, Garry decided to allow a draw. And just like that, it was over. Garry makes $ 625,000.00, and the Deep Junior team makes $ 375,000.00. In the end, this match was great for chess. The media has not paid this much attention to a game since Fischer-Spassky, Iceland; 1972.
Score: 3.0 - 3.0 .............. even! (Drawn Match)
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