The ground-breaking chess battle between Garry Kasparov and computer Deep Blue in 1997 was a pivotal moment in the relationship between man and technology. Matt Charman’s new play The Machine explores the human drama at its centre. “I didn’t want to write a play that was just about chess,” admits Matt Charman in his gambit. “In fact, the chess is almost the least important part of the play.” Charman’s The Machine, which has its world premiere at Manchester International Festival in July, focuses on the two human geniuses behind one of the world’s most controversial chess matches. On one side was Russian world chess champion Garry Kasparov. On the other, IBM’s Deep Blue super-computer, whose chief architect was Taiwan-born Feng-Hsiung Hsu. Deep Blue beat Kasparov over …

Source: GameKnot online chess news