It's official – Garry Kasparov vs X3D Fritz

by ChessBase
8/10/2003 – Newsweek broke the story and we reported on the preparations. Now it's official. X3D Technologies has announced that Garry Kasparov will take on the computer program X3D Fritz "in total virtual reality, with the chessboard floating in the air between man and computer". Here is the X3D press release.

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X3D Technologies presents
Garry Kasparov vs X3D Fritz

The First Official World Chess Championship
"X3D MAN vs MACHINE" in virtual reality

Press release
New York, NY – August 12th, 2003

X3D Technologies today announced the ultimate "X3D Man vs. Machine" contest as Garry Kasparov takes on X3D Fritz in total virtual reality, with the chessboard floating in the air between man and computer. This historic match will mark the marriage between the most dominant chess program and the most powerful 3D software to challenge the greatest chess brain of all time. Kasparov will neither touch nor move the pieces as the voice activated X3D Fritz works its magic to create the ultimate 3D experience. Spectators will be treated to the latest in cutting edge technology as they watch the entire virtual reality experience on the X3D Displays.

The championship will be held at the New York Athletic Club in New York City from November 11 to November 18, 2003, in four games at classical time control. The games will be broadcast by X3D Technologies, live on the Internet at

The match has been sanctioned by the International Computer Games Association (ICGA) and the United States Chess Federation (USCF) as the First Official World Chess Championship Man vs Machine in total virtual reality.

The event will also mark the launch of two extraordinary new X3D products:

The X3D PC is the first computer to show you the third dimension with the images appearing to float both inside and in front of the monitor. It comes with all the multiple award winning software and hardware to create the ultimate 3D effects along with a substantial library of 3D educational and entertainment content:

  • Turns any PC game into a virtual reality experience
  • Transforms your PC into a 3D Television
  • Allows you to watch your favorite DVDs in 3D
  • Plays your console games in Extreme 3D

Garry Kasparov testing the X3D technology

The X3D Display is a culmination of revolutionary hardware and software that allow radically lifelike 3D images appear to jump off the screen and into the room without the need of special glasses. This brand and message enhancing technology is adding a new dimension to the Out-of-Home advertising business boosting the reach and recall of advertisers' marketing campaigns. Furthermore, this versatile technology is being used for a diverse range of applications spanning medical, gaming and education. With its unique product offering combining its display and 2D/3D conversion software, X3D Technologies is preparing the launch of the X3D HDTV - the first ever no-glasses 3D television that will change the dimension of digital TV.

X3D Technologies is the leading 3D technology company with multiple applications and award winning patented software and hardware applications, which allow viewers to see true depth 3D images that appear to float both inside and in front of the screen, covering a wide range of sectors. X3D's product offering encompasses both glasses-based and glasses-free 3D technologies with which it is adding a new dimension to various industries including television, advertising and the Internet. X3D's 2D to 3D conversion software does 90 million complex calculations per second creating the ultimate 3D imagery.

In a darkend room the 3D board appears to float between the monitor and the player, an effect that cannot be captured by a 2D photographic image.

Garry Kasparov is and has been the world's number one chess player for an incredible 18 consecutive years. On November 9, 1985 Garry became the youngest ever World Chess Champion when he beat Anatoly Karpov. In January of 1990, Kasparov created two milestones in chess history. First, he moved past Bobby Fischer's best ever rating of 2785 and then broke the magical 2800 sound barrier. He was the first player in Chess history to do so. At that time, it was the chess equivalent of breaking the four-minute mile. In 1999, after winning the three major events of that year, he created a unique new milestone by topping the 2850 ELO ratings mark. From December 1981 to February 1991, Kasparov made chess history by winning every single event for nearly ten years. He remains the undisputed "King of Chess".

X3D Fritz: is the marriage of the most dominant computer chess software with the most powerful 3D software. X3D Fritz has ruled the virtual chess world since inception in 1991 accumulating more victories than any other professional chess software program in history. X3D Fritz can list amongst its victims chess goliaths like IBM Deep Blue, GM Polgar, GM Kortchnoi, GM Adams and Deep Junior before leveling 4-4 with then current World Champion Vladimir Kramnik achieving a rating performance of over 2800.

For more information and press passes to the event, please contact Belinda Banks at 718-320-4898 or


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