September 22nd, 2003

games

Chess preview

A really exciting month of European chess coming up; I am quite pumped - nay, stoked - about it.

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I don't play chess myself, but I do enjoy following the stars and listening to the markedly-improved-though-still-rather-cheesy chess.fm. I'd love to be able to follow go, poker, Scrabble, backgammon or even bridge in the same way, but I don't think anyone's found a way to make it happen yet - even on a non-commercial basis.

In the longer-term, Garry Kasparov will be taking on another computer, Fritz, in New York over four games from the 11th to the 18th of November. ESPN are set to give 17½ hours of coverage to the match. Kasparov has always been considerably less confident against computers than he is against human competition, but let's hope the world gets to see him at his best on television.
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