Kasparov on Chess History and Computers
The New York Review of Books has an interesting article by Gary Kasparaov on some of the recent history of chess and computer chess. Commenting ona freestyle event that took place a little while ago he says:
The surprise came at the conclusion of the event. The winner was revealed to be not a grandmaster with a state-of-the-art PC but a pair of amateur American chess players using three computers at the same time. Their skill at manipulating and “coaching” their computers to look very deeply into positions effectively counteracted the superior chess understanding of their grandmaster opponents and the greater computational power of other participants. Weak human + machine + better process was superior to a strong computer alone and, more remarkably, superior to a strong human + machine + inferior process.
Hat tip to Jim Birch