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World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov

This past spring in Philadelphia, in a well publicized match, Kasparov beat IBM's Deep Blue, which was considered the most competitive chess computer to date. Kasparov recently has been promoting chess as a learning tool in schools. He made a new chess computer game called "Talking Coach Kasparov" by Saitek. It has the unique feature of having an electronic chess tutor talk to you when you're in trouble. Kasparov was born in Moscow and was an outspoken critic of communism during the Cold War. After the fall of the Soviet Union, he became a cofounder of "Democratic Russia," a political movement that supported Boris Yeltsin's presidential campaign.


Other segments from the episode on November 26, 1996

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 26, 1996: Interview with Garry Kasparov; Interview with John Updike; Review of Margaret Atwood's novel "Alias Grace."


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