Game Over: Kasparov And The Machine

Released in 2003, Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine is a film by Vikram Jayanti which chronicles the tale of how Garry Kasparov, the highest rated chess player in history and World Champion for 15 years straight (1985 – 2000) lost to IBM’s chess playing computer known as “Deep Blue”.

In 1996 Kasparov initially beat Deep Blue but upon winning he agreed to a rematch. This rematch took place the following year in May 1997 and Kasparov started off by winning the first game with ease. However in the second game Kasparov found himself struggling but set a trap that most computers would fall for. Deep Blue didn’t fall for it and ended up winning this match to level with Kasparov.

The following three games all ended in draws, by this stage Kasparov appeared to be psychologically drained and with this Deep Blue managed to win the final game, marking the first time in history that a computer had beaten a World Champion in a match of several games.

Kasparov later went on to accuse the IBM team of cheating, suspecting that there was human intervention during the course of the match to improve on Deep Blues strategic strength. Including interviews with Kasparov himself and other key figures this documentary tries to shine some light on what truly happened all those years ago.

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