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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 ... Self
Michael Greengard Michael Greengard ... Self
Anatoli Karpov ... Self (archive footage)
Garry Kasparov Garry Kasparov ... Self
Jeff Kisselhof Jeff Kisselhof ... Self
John Searle ... Self
Terry Wogan ... Self - 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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Documentary

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »
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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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pointless conspiracy theory
4 January 2005 | by ergundelSee all my reviews

I'm not sure who this movie is targeting. There are interesting tidbits concerning the history of the challenge to make a chess machine. These might intrigue both chess fans and non-fans alike, though much more could be made of this, as the history is richer than even this film implies. More could also be made of the history between Kasparov and his arch-rival Karpov (two almost perfectly matched players, though you'd never guess from this movie). More could be made about the connection between chess champions and paranoia, or between chess and politics in the USSR (a connection which makes one understand better why chess players are so paranoid).

Instead, the makers of this film push the silly idea that IBM's Deep Blue beat Kasparov in '97 because of human intervention (ie, IBM cheated). The film bases this on one piece of evidence: Kasparov believes his loss in game two of the match was the result of a move that no computer would ever make. This is made all the sillier because a typical home chess program (Fritz 7) makes the very same move as Deep Blue after only a moment's thought. The film also claims that IBM never released the logs of Deep Blue's analysis after the game (just go to IBM's historical site concerning this match, and you will see this is not accurate).

Are documentaries getting lazier with their facts, or am I just finally wising up after years of taking them at their word?


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Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fim de Jogo - Kasparov E a Máquina See more »

Filming Locations:

Bled, Slovenia See more »

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| (Ontario)

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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