Training Match With Rice Student Nears for Deep Blue

first_img CONTACT: Lisa Nutting PHONE: (713)831-4796TRAINING MATCH WITH RICE STUDENT NEARS FOR DEEPBLUE Rice student Nathan Doughty is just four days awayfrom matching his chess skills against DB Junior, a smaller version of DeepBlue, the IBM chess machine that is preparing for a million-dollar grudge matchagainst world champ Garry Kasparov.The man-against-machine chess game will be featured during Rice’s Computerand Information Technology Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series, set for 4-6p.m. on March 18 in McMurtry Auditorium of Anne and Charles Duncan Hall.The chess demonstration is scheduled for 5-6 p.m., following a lecture titled“Deep Blue-The IBM Chess Machine.” The lecture will be presented from 4 p.m. to5 p.m. by Chung-Jen Tan, senior manager of the Parallel System PlatformsDepartment at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.Doughty, who began playing chess at age 11, defeated fellow members of theRice chess club for the chance to play DB Junior. The Will Rice College juniorplayed chess about 20 hours a week throughout junior and senior high school, hesaid, but due to academic demands at Rice he only plays the game a few hours aweek.“I’ve been preparing [for chess] all my life,” Doughty said. “It’s a greathonor [to be selected].”To get to Anne and Charles Duncan Hall, take entrance 16 off of RiceBoulevard and follow the road straight back to the three-story building; theparking lot is located to the left. News Office representatives will be on handto help direct traffic. Media planning to attend the event are urged to arriveat Duncan Hall by 3:30 p.m.The event is open to the Rice community and the general public. Mediaquestions should be directed to Lisa Nutting at 831-4796.### ShareMedia Advisory AddThislast_img read more