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February 17, 1996

Garry Kasparov, a chess master, beats an IBM computer called "Deep Blue" in a chess match.

 Why does it matter?

Garry Kasparov, one of the best chess players who has ever lived, agreed to play an IBM computer called "Deep Blue." The computer had been designed to play chess. At a time when many people believed that computers could do better than humans at most tasks, Garry Kasparov proved that human brainpower could beat even a super-computer. However, in 1997, Kasparov again played a redesigned "Deep Blue" in a rematch, and this time, he lost.

For more information...

Garry Kasparov
Quick biography of Garry Kasparov.

IBM Research/Deep Blue/Overview
IBM's site dedicated to the rematch between Kasparov and an improved Deep Blue, during which Kasparov lost. Lots of good information about the computer, and about Kasparov.