The first game of the 1996 match was won by Deep Blue, creating a debate around the world regarding the meaning of the victory and its impact on how far humans can take technology. Kasparov ultimately went on to win the match 4-2, but the historical relevance of the meeting has since intrigued a broad spectrum ofspectators worldwide -- young and old, men and women, technologists and neophytes, chess enthusiasts and even those who have never played the game. This year's match, with a $1.1 million purse, $700,000 of which goes to the winner, promises to again ignite a global discussion on the symbolic meaning of the match -- man and machine entering a new era of computing.


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