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Chess Art: Kasparov vs. Deep Blue

· Timo Denk

In 1996 the IBM supercomputer “Deep Blue” beat the reigning world champion Garry Kasparov at the game of chess. An event of symbolic significance. I created an artwork which shows the final position of the game, with special emphasis on the defeated human king. This post contains some photos and a making-of video. There is a Wikipedia article about the game.


Queen and king right after the print.
Practicing for the bloody part, knowing I’d have only one chance to get it right.

The final position of the game. Kasparov (black) resigned to the supercomputer Deep Blue (white). Note how black is just one single move (E1 to H1) away from checkmating white. Yet, Kasparov can’t play it.