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October 19, 2002: Man vs computer chess match drawn

The eight-game match was held at the Bahrain Minds Sports under the auspices of Shaikh Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain

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Vladimir Kramnik looks at the board prior to the start of his game against 'Deep Fritz' in Manama, Bahrain. - Gulf News Archives
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2002 - Humanity and computer-lovers can all be happy. The much hyped Man vs Machine, the Brains in Bahrain chess battle between World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and the German-made super computer Deep Fritz ended in a draw after only 21 moves. The eight-game match, which was held at the Bahrain Minds Sports in Muharraq under the auspices of Shaikh Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain. The eighth and final game was drawn on Kramnik’s offer after he played 21.Qd2. He hadn’t won a game since the third. He took the first half of the match 3-1, and Fritz the second half by the same score. Kramnik will get $700,000 (Dh2.57 million).

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