Is anyone else wondering what happened to Deep Blue, the IBM supercomputer that used to battle Kasparov?
Now he's playing VR systems.
Chess Great Kasparov Faces NY Virtual Reality Test
NEW YORK (Reuters) - There will be no chess board and no pieces when world No. 1 Garry Kasparov plays the latest so-called man vs machine contest next week, just a computer monitor and a chessboard image as seen through 3D glasses.
Former world champion Kasparov, 40, pits his genius against "X3D Fritz," a combination of Fritz, the most dominant chess software, with X3D Technologies company software that specializes in virtual reality.
The four-game match starts on Tuesday at the New York Athletic Club with the other games scheduled for Nov. 13, 16 and 18.
Each game, which can last up to seven hours, will be broadcast on several chess Web sites. Kasparov will wear 3D glasses while sitting in front of a monitor showing the board. Promoters said the glasses will have the effect of making the board's image realistic, floating in front of him, but Kasparov will have to adjust to not being able to reach out, touch the pieces and move them.
"I don't know how much negative pressure this virtual environment will have on my mind," Kasparov said on Friday at a news conference to promote the event.