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Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (2003)

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Garry Kasparov is arguably the greatest chess player who has ever lived. In 1997 he played a chess match against IBM's computer Deep Blue. Kasparov lost the match. This film shows the match... See full summary »

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Vikram Jayanti
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Credited cast:
Marc Ghannoum Marc Ghannoum ... Voice Over
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Benjamin Joel Benjamin ... Himself
Michael Greengard Michael Greengard ... Himself
Anatoli Karpov ... Himself (archive footage)
Garry Kasparov Garry Kasparov ... Himself
Jeff Kisselhof Jeff Kisselhof ... Himself
John Searle ... Himself
Terry Wogan ... Himself - Interviewing Garry Kasparov (archive footage)
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Garry Kasparov is arguably the greatest chess player who has ever lived. In 1997 he played a chess match against IBM's computer Deep Blue. Kasparov lost the match. This film shows the match and the events surrounding it from Kasparov's perspective. It delves into the psychological aspects of the game, paranoia surrounding it and suspicions that have arisen around IBM's true tactics. It consists of interviews with Kasparov, his manager, chess experts, and members of the IBM Deep Blue team, as well as original footage of the match itself. Written by Anonymous

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Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2004 (UK) See more »

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Fim de Jogo - Kasparov E a Máquina See more »

Filming Locations:

Bled, Slovenia See more »

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| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Ancient Mountebanks would challenge people at chess puzzles, and the puzzles would have a surprisingly limited number of responses to avoid check. See more »

Quotes

Hushed Voice 1: Do you think there'll be a rematch?
Hushed Voice 2: Let me put it like this: when Deep Blue won, IBM's stock went up 10%.
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Features The Chess Player (1927) See more »

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Flawed but fascinating.
18 August 2004 | by BalibariSee all my reviews

Vikram Jayanti's documentary on the 1997 clash between IBM super-computer Deep Blue and Russian chess grand master Garry Kasparov is frustrating and fascinating in equal measure.

Kasparov's insistence that IBM cheated (by using one or more chess masters to influence the computer during the match) seems perfectly possible, but the computer manufacturers refusal to allow either a rematch or analysis of their data makes it impossible to substantiate the claims. Sadly that doesn't stop Jayanti, his subjective approach is unaffected by the apparent stalemate.

Fortunately the film has more to offer. The actual match becomes hugely dramatic and exciting in Jayanti's hands. Kasparov himself is an extremely enigmatic and passionate figure, the footage of him in the press conferences that took place after each of the six games is dynamite. In the second, he accuses IBM of cheating. In the last, after nine days of play, he appears on stage looking physically and mentally destroyed, the applause that greets him (and the boos for IBM) would seem to indicate a general feeling of suspicion of IBM's sportsmanship and honesty.

Too subjective to be a 'great' documentary, it is still a fascinating insight into a game and community that would seem to offer much potential for future study.


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