Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

6.71 h 24 min2004PG
In 1997, chess champion Garry Kasparov goes head-to-head against IBM's computer, Deep Blue, and accuses IBM of cheating its way to victory. Interviews with Kasparov, his manager and members of the Deep Blue team illuminate the controversy.
Vikram Jayanti
Garry KasparovTerry Wogan
DocumentarySpecial Interest
English [CC]
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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AngryPandaReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating topic, terrible treatment of it
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The topic itself was very interesting and the historical footage was good. However, the director of the video tried to play up the conspiracy side of the occasion by having narration dialogue be whispered, using spooky music, and odd camera angles. Disappointing treatment of a fascinating topic.
6 people found this helpful
MexicoconutReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great insight of this historic battle of man vs. computer
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I wish the sound was better because I couldn't understand some of what was spoken... but its an older film. Poor Garry simply did not know what he was getting himself into. I don't think IBM cheated. The outcome for them would have been the same had the computer lost. Corporations don't put millions of dollars into something just 'for fun' and an oppressive Soviet government doesn't train top chess players just 'for fun'. In both cases, Garry was on the stand against a trial lawyer who doesn't ask a question that he does not already know the answer too. Garry just needed to swallow the realities of life, take the money and walk away quietly. You played magnificently Garry. This shouldn't take anything away from him.
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MLReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The distrust and egos were Human vs. Human
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If you like history, worked for IBM, write software, or play chess I highly recommend the documentary Game Over Kasparov and the Machine. Fascinating history for culture, the history of man vs. machine, history for computing hardware and software, history of chess, and one of the last great pre-9/11 stories. The documentary has a few hokey parts (weird whispering segues, etc.), but the animus and egos of the participants (to this day) makes it plenty dramatic.
C. RyanReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
What did IBM gain from cheating?
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Interesting piece. I wanted to know how IBM programmed it. Instead, to hold view attention, it suggests IBM was cheating. Really? This is a firm that was the only game in town for decades. It didn't need to cheat on a scale few would notice.

Worth watching only if you're interested in chess.
John LivelsbergerReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
That Krazy Kasparov!
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If you love chess you have to see this fascinating conspiracy theory film. Didn't you ever wonder how an IBM computer beat a brilliant human player like Kasparov? I did, but now I know, or at least I think I know, how it happened. I believe IBM cheated to put it bluntly. It's a quirky, obtuse film unlike anything I've ever seen before, full of unusual facts & deep insights into the realm of ultra intelligent people, which you and I are probably not. Stop watching the same old stupid predictable DVDs and give this one a chance to make you really think. Check it out Mate!
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SJReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film. Not just for chess lovers
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Great film. Not just for chess lovers . . . also just good drama. The story of man versus machine resonates in all of us these days.
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BRENT E SMITHReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Eh ok at best
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This was somewhat of a letdown. Perhaps slightly insightful at times, but just boring.
Claudio RiveraReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars
Ok, but...needs more serious content
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This DVD is ok, but lacks of serious and deep investigation of the chess related topics. I was expecting more analyses of each game and chess problems of the match. But, because of that, the DVD could be easy understood by any chess player or persons without chess knowledge.
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