Where Harry met Sally

by ChessBase
2/13/2003 – Back at last in "old" Europe we look back nostalgically at two exciting weeks in New York, where Kasparov met Deep Junior and where we occasionally got a chance to look around a city that is bigger and more vibrant than any other in the world. In our final pictorial report we visit the Petrossian Restaurant, stroll through East Village and, yes, have exactly what she was having. More

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A farewell to New York

By Frederic Friedel

The New York Athletic Club, where all the action took place

Ice sculptures on the balcony of the Athletic Club

Live coverage on ESPN2: Yasser Seirawan and Maurice Ashles discuss the game in progress.

The audience watch the commentary and the close circuit 3D coverage on giant projection screens

After the game Garry Kasparov sits glumly between NY City Sports Commissioner Kenneth Podziba and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. On the right Junior programmers Shay Bushinsky and Amir Ban, on the left X3D-CEO Elliot Klein.

Afterwards he cheers up and talks to the audience

All participants and functionaries collect for a group photo on the stage

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who personally provided a prize fund of $1 million for this match

Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba checks out our Internet coverage

Documentary filmer Vikram Jayanti with producer Hal Vogel.

Shooting scenes for a 90-minute documentary on computer chess

Inside the Petrossian Restaurant we showed you from the outside in a previous report. A full three-course meal in excellent quality costs $21.

The bar of the Petrossian. It was interestingly to note that the management did not know about the chess world champion or the chess match being held across the street.

Where else in the world can you see a Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird parked above the highway, next to the city traffic?

A walk through New York's East Village takes us past this, well, monument or something.

The ubiquitous fire escapes on the sides of the buildings.

A typical shop-musuem in the East Village area

And a typical shop, selling the world-famous Jewish pickles, run by a Chinese proprietor.

One of the oldest and most famous bakeries in New York

Inside Kossar's, where the smell of fresh bread is pure heaven

New York's most famous Deli, the one in which Harry meets Sally

Inside the Deli, with pictures of famous customers on the walls

A sign hanging from the ceiling tells of the best-known pair

Remember the famous scene when Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) are having lunch? And can anyone forget Ryan's classic faking-it scene, which ends in the women at the next table saying "I'll have what she's having". Well it was shot in Katz's Deli.

Ryan and Crystal with Katz and director Rob Reiner

The thing to eat is the famous Katz's Patrami – but be forewarned: you must not ask for mayonnaise to go with it, and you should definitely only order one if you are really, really hungry.

This is it, two slices of bread served with a pound of cured meat.

Mig Greengard preparing to dig in. The pickles on the right and the deli mustard are things you will never forget.

Katz's also sells America's most famous salamis. During World War II the family tradition of sending food to their sons became sealed as the slogan "Send a Salami To Your Boy In The Army" (it rhymes perfectly in the local Jewish dialect).

With the weather at last warming up, and the ice statues crumbling, we leave New York, with a resolve to return for another match at another time.

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