Chess King Takes On Computer in Gotham

One of the greatest chess players ever, Gary Kasparov, is set to take on a computer rival in New York City for one week in November.

X3D Technologies today announced the ultimate “X3D Man vs. Machine” contest as Kasparov goes head-to-mother board with X3D Fritz in virtual reality, with a chessboard floating in the air between man and computer. This match will mark the marriage between a chess program and powerful 3D software. Kasparov will neither touch nor move the pieces as the voice-activated X3D Fritz works its magic to create a 3D experience. Spectators will be treated to the latest in cutting-edge technology as they watch the entire virtual reality experience on X3D displays.

The championship, consisting of 4 matches with classic time control, will be held at the New York Athletic Club in New York City from November 11 to November 18, 2003. The matches will be broadcast by X3D Technologies, live on the Internet at www.X3D.com.

The International Computer Games Association (ICGA) has sanctioned the match as the First Official World Chess Championship “X3D Man vs. Machine” played in total virtual reality.

Kasparov is and has been the world’s number one chess player for an incredible 19 consecutive years. On November 9, 1985 he became the youngest ever World Chess Champion when he beat Anatoly Karpov. In 1999, after winning the three major events of that year, he reached a unique new milestone by topping the 2850 ELO ratings mark. From December 1981 to February 1991, Kasparov made chess history by winning every single event for nearly ten years. He remains the undisputed “King of Chess”.

For its part, X3D Fritz can list amongst its computer-player victims chess goliaths like IBM Deep Blue, GM Polgar, GM Kortchnoi, GM Adams and Deep Junior.