FYI:w00f: Kasparov vs Deep Blue (fwd)

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Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 12:23:40 -0600 (MDT)
From: Ryan R. Snyder <>
Subject: w00f: Kasparov vs Deep Blue

It's time for the rematch. Gary Kasparov and Deep Blue will square off
(again) starting May 3rd at 1pm MDT. If you want to keep up on it, Deep
Blue's WWW HQ is at

Here's info on how Deep Blue has been upgraded:

What are the differences between last year's
rendition of Deep Blue and this year's model?
There are two main differences between the Deep Blue of
last year and the current version. First of all, this year Deep
Blue will be running on a faster system - the latest version
of the SP - which uses 30 P2SC or Power Two Super
Chip processors. As a result, it will run about twice as fast
as last year's system. And as Murray Campbell says, "
chess programs, speed is very important. The faster you
are, the stronger you play."

Secondly, Deep Blue's "chess knowledge" has improved
since last year. Working with international grandmaster Joel
Benjamin, the development team has spent the past several
months educating Deep Blue about some of the finer points
of the game.

Last year, Deep Blue averaged about 100 million chess
positions per second. This means it examined and evaluated
100 million different chess positions every second. This
year, the developers estimate that Deep Blue will work
about twice as quickly - that is, 200 million chess positions
per second.

Incidentally, Garry Kasparov can evaluate approximately
three positions per second.

Ryan R. Snyder     Internet Specialist
"To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the 
alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die." -Oscar Wilde