Hold On to the Knight
On this date in 1996, IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer beat Garry Kasparov in a game of chess for the first time. This week’s questions are in honor of that amazing feat.
- When and how did you learn to play chess?
I learned the basics so that I could teach my son when he was 5 or 6, so I was in my 30s. I haven't played much sice then; I'm not much of a strategy competition person.
- How is your chess game?
Hah. I think the fact that I started getting beat regularly by a 6-year-old pretty much answers that, eh?
- When did you last find yourself in a stalemate?
Oh this is a daily occurrence at work. I'm becoming a master work-arounder.
- A gambit is a chess opening in which a player sacrifices a piece in hopes of gaining an advantageous position. What was one of your recent, real-world gambits?
I've had to learn to keep almost all my opinions on the DL at work so that I can eventually get the boss to Do the Right Thing by making him think it was all his idea to start with. I hate this game.
- Which piece on the chessboard is most like you, and why?
Oh I am, of course, the queen. (ha ha ha ha)