World chess champ rocked by Deep Fritz computer

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Bonn (Germany) - Reigning world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik has lost a six game match against the Deep Fritz computer. Kramnik managed to draw four games, but lost two of them. Chess professionals considered Kramnik's loss in game two to be a major blunder because he missed a checkmate in one.

Kramnik versus Fritz Game 6

Fritz as white plays pawn to A4 and Kramnik resigns. White is up a pawn and is threatening to run his A pawn to the back.

Deep Fritz is a multiprocessor machine that is specifically tuned for chess. It runs a tweaked version of the Fritz chess software that is available commercially. Back in 2002, Kramnik played an IBM computer to a draw.

Kramnik versus Fritz Game 2

Kramnik as black plays Queen to e3 and misses the Queen to h7 checkmate.

Game two was probably the most exciting match. Kramnik, with the black pieces, let Fritz get a knight into his back row. He then played Qh2 to Qe3 and thinking that it was a decent move, calmly got up to go to the bathroom. Fritz checkmated by playing Qh7.

The matches were played in Bonn, Germany and the 31-year-old Kramnik walked away with $500,000 for losing. He could have made a million dollars if he had won.