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Kasparov Vs. The World

Boot Camp feature for Monday, June 21, 1999

Your chance to play against the world's champion of chess. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Gary Kasparov may have had his problems against IBM's Deep Blue, but he's pretty confident when it comes to playing mere human beings. So he's taking us all on at once. People from all over the world are logging on at msn.com to take part in a one game match that should go on for some time. Each side has 24 hours to make a move. Kasparov tells us, the way it works is...you get to vote on moves that will be guided by four coaches, chess professionals....

"And they will analyze the game and they will submit their recommendations. So the world could make its own move or could follow the recommendations of these players, which guarantees that there will be no big mistakes or blunders."

The reigning champion expects a high quality game, but when we asked him for a prediction on the outcome...

"I think it is highly unlikely I will lose the game, but I think a draw is quite a feasible result because, as I said already, I cannot count on a big mistake. I would say, either I win or a draw and those two options are more or less equal."

And this is your chance to be part of the match against the player who has held the number one spot in the chess world since 1984. Again the site is msn.com.