World chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik scored a point for man kind yesterday in the second of eight matches against the world's most powerful computer chess program.
The program, dubbed Deep Fritz, resigned from the game after almost six hours and 57 moves at the event, which was held at the Bahrain Mindsports centre in Bahrain.
This brings the score so far to one and a half point for Kramnik and half a point for Deep Fritz. Kramnik and Deep fritz drew in their first match on friday.
The man versus Machine, Brains in Bahrain chess championship is being held under the patronage of his Majesty the King.
In a press conference folowing the epic match, Kramnik said he would not be resting on his laurels. "Its nice to take the lead but there is no reason to start celebrating" he obeserved. He said he was confident of victory in the final minutes of the match.
"It made little difference what move the computer made. At that point i was not thinking about playing and enjoying the match. I was thinking about how to win."
Kramnik said that it was difficult at times for him to adjust to the computer's way of playing. "It used some strange tactics that only a computer could come up with" he said. "Sometimes i couldn't find out what was behind it's moves." But towards the end, Deep Fritz found itself unable to keep up with Kramnik.
"The endgame might have been played better by a human being because it required long variations, which human beings are better at than computers." he added
Kramnik will play his third match against Deep Fritz tomorrow. matches will also be held on thursday, sunday, October 15, 17 and 19. It will begin at 3pm local time (8am est..12pm GMT) on each day.
The stakes are high, with a $1 million prize on offer for Kramnik if he wins and $700,000 for a draw. An estimated 100 million world wide are following the contest on TV or live on the internet website www.brainsinbahrain.com
In each game Kramnik and deep Fritz each have up to three hours to make their moves. They each have to make a min of 40 moves in the first two hours and a min of 16 moves in the last hour.
Kramnik sits behind a real chess board in a room with five cameras and three cameramen. There is a fourth man in the room to make Deep Fritz's moves.