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By W.M. Ferguson
On his first match against a computer since he lost to IBM's Deep Blue in
1997: – Hopefully I will play better. The chess knowledge of Deep Blue
was quite primitive. Today we're facing computers that have accumulated immense
knowledge of the game of chess. To some extent, you may say that Deep Junior
is a Kasparov in computer chess. Very, very aggressive.
How will the highest-rated chess player in history attack the reigning champion
of computer chess? – I will try to create positions that will be most
unpleasant for the machine. I probably do better than most of my opponents in
tactical combinations, but I'm not mad to go into these kinds of positions with
a computer. To start calculating -- it would not be a very wise idea. When the
computer sees forced lines, it plays like God.
Is this revenge for his loss to Deep Blue? – IBM. stole the scientific
flavor of the match. Not only from me, but from the whole world. It was considered
a scientific experiment, and IBM treated it as win or lose. It was a corporate
mockery. Of course I asked for a rematch. But I insisted that the match be played
under different conditions, with the machine being supervised as a human player
is supervised. If you break a world record, you go for a drug test. Now when
I play Deep Junior, we worked out all the rules that I feel should be generic
rules for all the future matches.
What's at stake? – It's not the final battle, I treat it more like
a continuation of a very important scientific experiment. Where else can we
compete with computers? In the future it will not be just who is going to win
the match. It will be whether we can win one single game. I'm quite serious.
The experiment goes on as long as we are winning one single game.
Why hasn't the United States had a native-born player of the stature of
Bobby Fischer? – It's about the numbers. If you have one million kids
going into chess clubs, as it was in the Soviet Union, eventually you come up
with great talents. If you have maybe 50,000 kids, you're lucky to have one
Bobby Fischer in a quarter of a century.
On women chess players – The situation is dramatically improving.
Remember, 40 years ago, Fischer was proudly saying, ''I could give an extra
knight for any female player.'' Now I wonder whether I could be so prudent to
give a pawn. The gap is closing. It's still a long way to go. I don't think
it will be equal, but it'll be close.
York Times magazine, 22.09.2002