publication date: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 (part of Round XXVI)

category: Inventions

clue: This skilled player proved that anyone can beat a chess grandmaster if they can calculate 200 million moves per second.

explanation: IBM-built supercomputer Deep Blue famously beat chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in a single game in 1996 then a whole tournament in 1997. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Scott Horowitz, Megan Baxter, Aaron Fischer, Chris McKinnon, and Bob Miller

trivia: This was the first celebrity goo not to be a biological organism of some sort (even if fictional). Scott also accepted guesses for Marc Genty, the developer shown in the photograph.


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