Kasparov-Deeper Blue, Match 1997
Game One

Kasparov Manhandles Machine, Leads Match 1-0
A crushing Deep Blue Demise in game one of the world-watched match.

Kasparov, unlike his matches over the last eight years against this technical team allied with a variety of GrandMaster advisors, opted for a hypermodern "anti-computer" opening. Deeper Blue's first significant mistake was 22. .. g4, which at first blush seems to open the game (a desirable goal for the machine), but instead inaugurates the decimation of Black's kingside.

Deeper Blue played 28. .. f5 "instantly", according to media reports. Morely likely it got suckered--the track record clearly demonstrates that computers snatch material with no regard to the deeper consequences. At this point it "believes" that it is on its way towards winning a rook at the mere expense of bishop and pawn.

The machine's win of the minor exchange was at the cost of the game. White carried the day with his well-placed bishop on c3, small pawn steamroller, and mating nets which exiled and finally consumed the Black king.

31. .. hg was not possible, as White then opens a line for his queen with 32. Ng4! Bxg4 33. Qxg5+ and mate to follow.

Further, this game has a minor theme: Black's aggression on his second move (2. .. Bg4) marks the square of his demise: 22. .. g4?!, and Kasparov's predictably winning 39. g4!

      White: Garry Kasparov
Black: Deeper Blue
Game One of Six, 3 May 1997

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Bg4 3.b3 Nd7 4.Bb2 e6 5.Bg2 Ngf6
6.0-0 c6 7.d3 Bd6 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.h3 Bh5 10.e3 h6
11.Qe1 Qa5 12.a3 Bc7 13.Nh4 g5 14.Nhf3 e5 15.e4 Rfe8
16.Nh2 Qb6 17.Qc1 a5 18.Re1 Bd6 19.Ndf1 dxe4 20.dxe4 Bc5
21.Ne3 Rad8 22.Nhf1 g4 23.hxg4 Nxg4 24.f3 Nxe3 25.Nxe3 Be7
26.Kh1 Bg5 27.Re2 a4 28.b4 f5 29.exf5 e4 30.f4 Bxe2
31.fxg5 Ne5 32.g6 Bf3 33.Bc3 Qb5 34.Qf1 Qxf1 35.Rxf1 h5
36.Kg1 Kf8 37.Bh3 b5 38.Kf2 Kg7 39.g4 Kh6 40.Rg1 hxg4
41.Bxg4 Bxg4 42.Nxg4 Nxg4 43.Rxg4 Rd5 44.f6 Rd1 45.g7 1-0

Annotations by Inside Chess' GM Yasser Seirawan

Kasparov vs
Deeper Blue:
Overview Game
Games Three
and Four
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