Something positive is finally happening with respect to the image of chess. Again chess will hit the "silver screen" in Britain with a movie about GM Garry Kasparov's infamous 1997 match against Deep Blue.  Dubbed "Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine," the movie follows Kasparov's ascent  and the slings and arrows of the highly-charged match culminating in a crushing loss for Kasparov. Chess players around the world had to endure all types of jokes for the behavior of the World Champion, but did Kasparov have a case in his accusations? Perhaps the movie will reveal these issues.

One of the interesting facts is that the film's Director
Vikram Jayanti also directed "When We Were Kings," an Oscar-winning documentary on the famous Muhammad Ali-George Foreman ("Rumble in the Jungle"). Given the exciting previews, it appears he will establish quite a legacy as the champion to have done the most to publicize chess, for better or for worst. Having played two additional drawn matches since the Deep Blue match, Kasparov will indeed continue to participate in these intriguing matches… the "Man vs. Machine" debate continues.

While this glare doesn't work against computers, GM Garry Kasparov may be the last hope to reclaim the throne for chess humanity.


ChessBase.com, "Kasparov for the Oscar?"

The Chess Drum, "GM Garry Kasparov vs. X3D Fritz."

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Posted by The Chess Drum: 26 January 2004