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Krauthammer on Chess

3:39 PM, Oct 10, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The New York Times has published a piece on Charles Krauthammer's love of chess:

Charles Krauthaammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, occasionally takes up his pen and instead of lashing liberal causes writes about one of his passions: chess.

Krauthammer, in a recent interview, said he had written many columns on chess, including one each year for 20 years in Time magazine. When he was nominated for the Pulitzer in 1986, he said one of the 10 columns submitted to the judges was about one of the world championship matches between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. (He did not win the Pulitzer until the following year, when all of the submitted columns were political commentary.) [...]

One of Krauthammer’s favorite columns was one he wrote for The Weekly Standard after Kasparov lost to the computer Deep Blue in 1997. It was headlined, “Be Afraid: The Meaning of Deep Blue’s Victory.” It wasn’t just that Deep Blue won, he wrote, but how it won, particularly in the second game, when the computer appeared to play in an almost human fashion.

In that game, Kasparov resigned in what an analysis showed was a drawn position. But the experience shook him, and he later admitted that he played scared for the rest of the match. In The Weekly Standard column, Krauthammer said Deep Blue had passed a threshold of artificial intelligence, which should worry people.

You can read Krauthammer's 1997 piece on Deep Blue's victory over Kasparov here.

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