Feb 10, 1996 CE: Computer Defeats Chess Champion

Feb 10, 1996 CE: Computer Defeats Chess Champion

On February 10, 1996, Deep Blue became the first computer to win a chess game against a reigning world chess champion.


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On February 10, 1996, a computer named Deep Blue defeated a chess champion for the first time. The champion, Gary Kasparov, went on to defeat Deep Blue in a series of games. A year later, Deep Blue defeated Gary in a series of games! Deep Blue was a “supercomputer” programmed for chess. It could calculate up to 200 million moves per second! Deep Blue “retired” in 1997. Gary, often called the greatest chess player in history, retired in 2005.

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