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Web Pits One Against the World

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Science  30 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5279, pp. 1166
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5279.1166


On 26 August, chess champion Anatoli Karpov used the World Wide Web to take on everybody in the world—and drubbed all comers. Karpov's opponents on the Web played one game collectively, with a computer in Finland tallying their votes to choose each move. Karpov isn't the only champion playing techno-chess; Garry Kasparov, his longtime rival, is gearing up for a rematch with IBM's Deep Blue, the world's most capable chess computer, which he defeated early this year. Computers/Math