Computer tied with Kasparov

Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 11:14 p.m.
NEW YORK - A blunder cost chess legend Garry Kasparov the third in a series of championship games with supercomputer Deep Junior on Thursday.
"I had a complete blackout," Kasparov said. "Despite Deep Junior having a great team and grandmaster trainers, I had great positions."
Kasparov sacrificed a pawn, one his least-powerful pieces, hoping to further strengthen his position. But the sacrifice actually left him vulnerable, and Deep Junior capitalized on the mistake. Seeing few options, Kasparov conceded. The six-game series is tied at 1 1/2 games each. Kasparov won the first game Sunday; the second on Tuesday was a draw. The next game is Sunday.
Kasparov, 39, said he becomes fatigued during the games, which can last for hours, while the computer doesn't.

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