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Into the blue yonder

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By Philip Cohen San Francisco THE time for games is over, say the handlers of the world’s leading chess player, the IBM supercomputer, Deep Blue. But chess enthusiasts are questioning the motives behind the announcement that Deep Blue will henceforth concentrate on practical challenges, such as studying disease and weather patterns. Deep Blue became a media superstar when it beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game match last May. Now Kasparov’s hopes for a rematch have been dashed. “What we want is to use the computer for cutting-edge scientific research,” says IBM spokeswoman Melinda McMullen. But Daniel King, a chess grandmaster from London and author of a book about the Kasparov/Deep Blue match, says he thinks IBM is simply quitting while it’s ahead. “They have nothing more to gain and everything to lose from another match.” If Deep Blue is never again to play chess, says King, the world will miss out on an exciting arms race that would have spurred supercomputer development. “Humans learn fast and would probably catch up to Deep Blue soon,” he says. “Then IBM would catch up and we’d all learn so much.” IBM’s decision seems to have been taken suddenly. The latest issue of the IBM magazine Think declares that the Deep Blue team’s first concern is chess. In the article, team leader C. J. Tan talks about making the computer available via the Internet: