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Was the fix in?
I may be alone,but I think the Kramnik-Deep Fritz match,especially the last 4 games,was nothing but a tank job by Kramnik.That 5th game,especially,with its so-called "blunder"?Blunder,my rear end! I haven't seen a dive like that since Brodie jumped off the bridge! It reminds me of Kasparov's 6th game swan dive vs. Deeper Blue.
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Hard to say
It didn't look anything like Kasparov's 6th game to me, though. Kramnik was in time pressure at that point and in an uncomfortable position that he might not have held anyway; Kasparov's blunder was, well, an amateur suicide. Game 6 was spectacular. Kramnik probably thought that a mate was outside of the computer's search depth ("horizon effect") when he played the sacrifice, so the computer was evaluating the position incorrectly, and only later realized that Bh4!! was even legal. Games 7 and 8 kind of gave the impression that Kramnik wasn't really trying and would be satisifed at that point with a draw.
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One is always suspicious when big money is involved. IBM's stock went up several points after deeper blue's win. How many millions that equated to I cannot say but surely if Kasparov took a dive it had to have been very lucrative.
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It was supposed to be very lucrative,but Gary shot himself in the foot.He threw the match in the expectations of a 3rd match for a super pay-day,but IBM fooled him when they took the machine away from chess,and turned it into a doctor,or whatever.