Man versus machine match ups are increasingly becoming Man vs.
near perfection match ups. Garry Kasparov said:" that even one victory
by man will show his superiority over the machine." Well Sergey
Karjakin showed his superiority over Deep Junior at the Men vs. Machines
match in Spain last week. This tournament was held from October 6, thru
to October 9, 2004.
The Men's team consisted of number 5 rated Veselin
Topalov, the former FIDE KO Champion Ruslan Ponomariov, and it was top off
by a possible future World Champion Sergey Karjakin. The Silicon Monsters
were represented by Hydra, Fritz, and Deep Junior, the current
computer world champion. The Men did a good job, scoring 3.5 out of
However they did draw blood from the Silicon Beasts, if that's even
possible. It was Karjakin who stared into the eyes of the Dragon
Deep Junior, the current Silicon Beast World Champion. This time the
Dragon blinked. In another David vs. Goliath story, Karjakin, with white,
out maneuvered Deep Junior in a Silicon Sicilian Defense. It was Karjakin
whose near perfection took home the only full point for the men's team.
took Garry Kasparov, the world's number one player, 4 games to win a game
against Deep Junior in New York City in February of 2003. Sergey
Karjakin was able to win in his only encounter against Deep Junior. Sergey
scored 1 point of 4 against the silicon beasts. But lets not forget
Kasparov's words, "that even one victory by man will show his
superiority over the machine."
For Sergey this David and Goliath
story is getting old. In Dortmund 2004, Sergey became the youngest player
in the world to defeat a sitting world champion in a blitz game. Sergey
took on and defeated Vladimir Kramnik at blitz. In the same tournament
Sergey also gave the World Champion a serious run for his money in a
classical game. Had it not been for Kramnik incredible deep understanding
of chess, he would not have been able to draw that encounter.
mid 1960's Baseball great Ted Williams, upon seeing a young Johnny
Bench play, signed an autograph for Bench stating " To Johnny Bench,
A Hall of Famer for sure. Regards Ted Williams". Bench went on
to become one of Baseball's greatest catchers. He was a two time NL MVP.
He won two World Series, and he was the series MVP in 1976. Bench retired in
1983 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. Should Hangin
ever get the honor to sign an autograph for Sergey, Hangin will write
"To Sergey Karjakin, a future World Champion and Hall of Famer for sure. Regards