HOW HARD IS CHESS?

EVEN IF DEEP BLUE COULD BEAT KASPAROV EVERY TIME, IT WOULD STILL BE THE SAME BIG ZERO INSIDE

We already knew that computers are first-rate at solving equations, entertaining children, burying friends and enemies under E-mail and doing many other useful chores. They have also been brushing up on their chess. By the end of the second game between Deep Blue and Garry Kasparov last week, it was clear that IBM's extraordinary computer was playing better chess than any machine ever had before. After Saturday's game ended in a draw, the match was still tied at one win and three draws apiece, but technology watchers were pretty well agreed: if the machine doesn't triumph this time, it is likely...

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