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November 13, 1989 | IVARS PETERSON, Peterson, Mathmematics/Physics Editor of Science News Magazine, is author of The Mathematical Tourist
Human players still rule the game of chess. World chess champion Gary Kasparov proved that last month when he easily crushed his electronic challenger, Deep Thought. But how long will human players maintain this advantage over chess-playing computers? That such a match took place at all provides a striking demonstration of how far computer chess has advanced in recent years. Only a decade ago, an expert player could defeat any computer program in existence.
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WORLD
December 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The popularity of President Vladimir V. Putin's favored successor soared in an opinion poll released on the day that Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov pulled out of the contest. Putin this week anointed First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as his choice in the March 2 election. Medvedev was already pulling away from other possible contenders, independent pollster Levada said of a survey mainly carried out before Putin's endorsement.
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NEWS
May 26, 1987 | From Reuters
World chess champion Gary Kasparov received a top Soviet award Monday, the Red Banner of Labor, for his contribution to the advancement of Soviet chess, the official news agency Tass reported.
WORLD
December 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Kremlin critic and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov will not run in Russia's presidential election after authorities repeatedly blocked supporters' efforts to hold a nominating conference, his spokeswoman said today. Under the law, today is the last day that potential candidates for the March 2 vote have to hold such conferences.
NEWS
December 23, 1990 | Associated Press
Anatoly Karpov used his last timeout Saturday to postpone the 22nd game of the world chess championship with Gary Kasparov until Monday. Kasparov, the reigning champion, is on the verge of retaining his title. He leads 11 1/2-9 1/2 and needs only a draw to clinch a 12-12 tie.
NEWS
September 3, 1986 | Associated Press
Anatoly Karpov, who is trailing Gary Kasparov by one point in the World Chess Championship, today asked for a timeout. A match official said Karpov cited respiratory problems. The two Soviet grandmasters played 12 games in London and had been scheduled to begin the second half of the tournament in Leningrad today. The game will be played Friday.
NEWS
August 18, 1986 | Associated Press
The ninth game of the World Chess Championship between champion Gary Kasparov and challenger Anatoly Karpov was postponed today when Karpov took a timeout. The game between the two Soviet grandmasters is to be played Wednesday. Kasparov leads the match with 4 1/2 points to Karpov's 3 1/2.
NEWS
November 24, 1986 | United Press International
American grandmaster Yasser Seirewan defeated world chess champion Gary Kasparov of the Soviet Union on Sunday in the 27th World Chess Olympiad. The upset came when Kasparov resigned his adjourned game against Seirewan, 26, of Seattle. It was Kasparov's first defeat since he successfully defended his world title in October against countryman Anatoly Karpov. The United States and Hungary are tied for first place after seven rounds of play.
NEWS
December 15, 1987
Chess challenger Anatoly Karpov took his final timeout in Seville, Spain, postponing until Wednesday the 23rd game of the world championship match with champion Gary Kasparov. With just two games remaining in the 24-game championship, the score is even at 11-11, but Kasparov has the advantage because in the event of a 12-12 tie, he will stay champion. The 24th and final game will be played Friday.
NEWS
September 13, 1985 | From Reuters
Titleholder Anatoly Karpov regained the initiative by defeating challenger Gary Kasparov in 63 moves today in the continuation of the adjourned fourth game of their world chess championship match. Karpov's win ties the score of their 24-game limit series at two points each. The champion retains his title in the event of the score being level at 12-12.
WORLD
July 7, 2007 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, now an opposition leader engaged in a high-stakes political match with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, gamely put the best face on a modest turnout at a recent protest rally. "There could have been many more people here if the authorities did not oppress people so much," Kasparov told a crowd of about 1,500 at the mid-June rally in a downtown Moscow park.
WORLD
May 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police prevented chess champion and opposition leader Garry Kasparov from boarding a flight to the city of Samara, where he had planned to take part in a protest march coinciding with a Russia-European Union summit, an aide said. Kasparov said police at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport took his passport and ticket. "Police at the airport have simply stolen our passports," he told Echo of Moscow radio. Another opposition leader, Eduard Limonov, said he also was barred from the flight.
WORLD
April 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Garry Kasparov, the former chess champion who has become a vocal critic of the Kremlin, was questioned for four hours by security agents. He was ordered to see prosecutors today. "They have no hook to proceed with criminal charges, but today in Russia, we know that nobody is safe," he said. Kasparov was among the chief organizers of last weekend's Dissenters March in Moscow, at which participants were beaten by riot police. He was arrested and held for hours.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2003 | From Reuters
The latest attempt by Garry Kasparov, the world's leading chess player, to conquer a computer program ended in a tie Tuesday when he drew the fourth and final game of his match against "X3D Fritz," which had voice-recognition and virtual reality features. Kasparov, 40, said after the weeklong match at the New York Athletic Club that computer programs were stronger now than the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue he took on in 1996 and 1997, the benchmark for man vs. machine contests.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
World No. 1 chess player Garry Kasparov and the computer program Deep Junior crouched their pieces and pawns in defensive formations to draw the fourth game of their six-game match in New York. Kasparov, taking no chances after losing the third game with a blunder, and his computer opponent established a "hedgehog" opening that led to cautious play.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
World chess champion Garry Kasparov defeated computerized challenger Deep Junior in the first of six games pitting human wit against computer logic. Kasparov forced the Israeli-programmed Deep Junior into a position from which it could not win, compelling the human moving its pieces to resign four hours into the game. Both players' queens were captured by the end of the game, leaving them to use less powerful knights, bishops and rooks. The second game is set for Tuesday.
NEWS
December 11, 1990 | Associated Press
The 19th game of the world chess championship, scheduled for Monday, was postponed at the request of Anatoly Karpov, who has fallen behind in the series. After Karpov's loss Sunday to reigning champion Gary Kasparov, the score stands at 9 1/2 for Kasparov and 8 1/2 for Karpov. The 19th game will be played on Wednesday, organizers said.
NATIONAL
January 26, 2003 | Thomas S. Mulligan, Times Staff Writer
It is a bold, if unintentional, stroke of counter-programming. In one corner, with a crowd of 70,000 in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium and a U.S. broadcast audience of 80 million, is pro football's Super Bowl. In the other corner, in a function room at the New York Athletic Club that seats 250 and with a mouse-clicking Internet audience that promoters hope will reach 100,000, is chess giant Garry Kasparov and a computer nicknamed Deep Junior.
NEWS
February 18, 1996 | Jack Peters
World chess champion Garry Kasparov finished his exhibition match against IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in impressive fashion Saturday, winning the sixth game to seal a 4-2 victory. Kasparov won three games, lost one and drew two. Despite the final score, the match was a tremendous success for IBM's team.
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