Finally, A Pc Grand Master With The Brain Of A Bobby Fischer?
Chess has long been held out as the ultimate test of computer smarts. Not even IBM's massive chess-playing mainframe, called Deep Thought, has been able to win matches against the world's top players. That's why the audience was astounded when, at a tournament sponsored by Intel Corp. in May, a PC beat several grand masters, including world champion Garri Kasparov. The victorious PC was powered by Intel's powerful new Pentium chip running the Fritz 3 chess program. "Everyone was flabbergasted," says Bob Rice, commissioner of the Professional Chess Assn. "There was a lot of hurt pride."
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