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The day a computer beat a chess world champion, 1997

Kasparov wears a look of dejection after being swiftly defeated by Deep Blue in their final game. May 11, 1997.
Kasparov wears a look of dejection after being swiftly defeated by Deep Blue in their final game. May 11, 1997.

It’s 1997, and Garry Kasparov is hunched over a chessboard, visibly frustrated. He’s fidgeting in between turns and shaking his head in disbelief as he waits for his opponent to put the final touches on an inevitable victory. Finally, Kasparov makes his move, stands up and races away from the board. He raises his arms, astounded that he was beaten by a machine.