28 Jul

Rice Student IBM Chess Machine to Match Wits

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Lisa Nutting PHONE:(713) 831-4797 Tony Elam PHONE: (713) 527-4734 97-94RICE STUDENT, IBM CHESS MACHINE TO MATCH WITS Before Deep Blue — IBM’s chess machine and thefirst computer to beat the world’s human chess champion — takes another shot ata million dollar match in May, a Rice student and DB Junior, a smaller versionof Deep Blue, will go head-to-chip as a crowd watches their every move.The man-against-machine chess match will be featured during Rice’s Computerand Information Technology Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series on March 18.The lecture, titled “Deep Blue-The IBM Chess Machine,” will be presented byChung-Jen Tan, senior manager of the Parallel System Platforms Department at theIBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.The event, sponsored by Rice’s Computer and Information Technology Institute(CITI) and the University of Houston, will be held 4-6 p.m. in Anne and CharlesDuncan Hall’s McMurtry Auditorium and Martel Hall. The lecture is set for 4-5p.m., followed by the reception and chess demonstration from 5 to 6 p.m.Rice student Nathan Doughty, a Will Rice College junior, has been selected tomatch wits against DB Junior, a smaller RS/6000 workstation chess system basedon Deep Blue technology. DB Junior will be programmed at Doughty’s level ofchess play to ensure a competitive game, said Tony Elam, executive director ofCITI. The game will be played through a network connection to a system at IBM inNew York and projected to the audience via a big-screen monitor. Doughty and theDeep Blue representative will be located in a small room nearby.Deep Blue made history last year by becoming the first computer to beat WorldChess Champion Garry Kasparov in a regulation game. The two competed in thefirst-ever traditional chess match between man and computer. The match beganwith the famed win for Deep Blue, followed by a win for Kasparov, two draws, andtwo more wins by Kasparov.Although Kasparov, an 11-year champion, came back to win the six-game match,the IBM Deep Blue system demonstrated that a sophisticated chess system can bedeveloped using the IBM RS/6000 SP parallel processor, achieving a long-standinggoal of computer science.During his lecture, Tan, manager for the IBM Deep Blue computer chessproject, will describe the architecture of the Deep Blue system and illustratethe strong and weak points of the computer through highlights of the match. Hewill also cover the implications of the event on chess and technology.Since the Deep Blue-Kasparov match in February 1996, IBM has worked toimprove its chess machine in preparation for “The IBM Chess Challenge Rematch”against Kasparov, set for May 3-11 at the Equitable Center in New York City. Toadvance the system’s development, IBM has been modifying algorithms and takingcare of its weaknesses in the past year. Deep Blue has also been matched againstother chess masters.The reception is open to the Rice community and the general public. Forfurther information call 527-4734.### last_img

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