Although Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue are considered to
be two of the greatest chess "players" in the world, each has a distinct
manner of playing the game. Both have the ability to look at a chessboard,
analyze positions, then make the most optimal move. But the way Deep Blue
arrives at the decision to move a particular piece is very different from
Kasparov's method of analysis.
The following is a top ten listing of the dissimilarities between the way
Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue play chess:
         
Deep Blue can examine and evaluate up to 200,000,000 chess positions per
Garry Kasparov can examine and evaluate up to three chess positions per second
Deep Blue has a small amount of chess knowledge and an enormous amount of
Garry Kasparov has a large amount of chess knowledge and a somewhat smaller
amount of calculation ability.
Garry Kasparov uses his tremendous sense of feeling and intuition to play
world champion-calibre chess.
Deep Blue is a machine that is incapable of feeling or intuition.
Deep Blue has benefitted from the guidance of five IBM
research scientists and one international grandmaster.
Garry Kasparov is guided by his coach Yuri Dokhoian and by his own driving
passion play the finest chess in the world.
Garry Kasparov is able to learn and adapt very quickly from his own successes
Deep Blue, as it stands today, is not a "learning system." It is therefore
not capable of utilizing artificial intelligence to either learn from its
opponent or "think" about the current position of the chessboard.
Deep Blue can never forget, be distracted or feel intimidated by external
forces (such as Kasparov's infamous "stare").
Garry Kasparov is an intense competitor, but he is still susceptible to human
frailties such as fatigue, boredom and loss of concentration.
Deep Blue is stunningly effective at solving chess problems, but it is less
"intelligent" than even the stupidest human.
Garry Kasparov is highly intelligent. He has authored three books, speaks a
variety of languages, is active politically and is a regular guest speaker at
Any changes in the way Deep Blue plays chess must be performed by the members
of the development team between games.
Garry Kasparov can alter the way he plays at any time before, during, and/or
after each game.
Garry Kasparov is skilled at evaluating his opponent, sensing their
weaknesses, then taking advantage of those weaknesses.
While Deep Blue is quite adept at evaluating chess positions, it cannot
evaluate its opponent's weaknesses.
Garry Kasparov is able to determine his next move by selectively searching
through the possible positions.
Deep Blue must conduct a very thorough search into the possible positions to
determine the most optimal move (which isn't so bad when you can search up to
200 million positions per second).