Garry Kasparov was a world chess champion with a unique gift for the game that became evident even as a child. He reigned as the world champion from 1985 until 2000.
Deep Blue was a chess playing supercomputer developed by IBM and backed by a human team of programmers and a chess expert.
On this day in 1996, a six-game match of man vs. machine began. By the end of game one, a computer claimed victory for the first time. Ultimately, man would prevail with Kasparov taking the match 4-2 over the eight days of play.
A year later, a six-game rematch resulted with the computer prevailing. Some chess experts say Kasparov came into the match overconfident. Others say the computer’s capabilities had advanced over the year, and still others say the humans from IBM manipulated the computer to assure a win. Either way, IBM’s stock price surged 15% after the contest.
To that effect, we recommend The Barrister’s Chess Set. This set reassigns courtroom adversaries to the jurisprudence of the chessboard. The prosecution and the defense are represented by characters of law such as a bewigged judge, blind Lady Justice, attorneys, bailiffs and a partial jury. The board mimics the raised bench and jury box of a courtroom. It’s the perfect unique gift for the legal eagle in your life.
The games of Kasparov vs. IBM were played with standard time limits. You may prefer games of indefinite length. This is the chess set that mounts vertically to a wall, allowing for weeks-long play without interruption. An included “last move” marker signals to an opponent when it’s time for an equally crafty counter. This magnetic chess set is another option for deft vertical play and moves easily to a tabletop, while the magnetic pieces ensure the evening’s last move is preserved.
You may find yourself ready for tournament play. No doubt, at the tournament, you will be doing a lot of sitting, so we recommend bringing along The Portable Gel Seat. Unlike bulky seat cushions, this compact gel-filled cushion weighs only 2.5 lbs, folds in half, and is easily portable due to its integrated handle. Your level of concentration is sure to be improved!