Now there’s a stage play about Deep Blue’s win over Kasparov

I honestly don’t like him playing chess. I mean I see him sitting there for ten minutes thinking four moves ahead before he makes one. And he actually does the same thing in the ring – he thinks too much.

-Emmanuel Steward, trainer of Lennox Lewis, a past undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

The Machine, a stage play written about the 1997 chess rematch between Deep Blue and Garry Kasparov, premiered at the Manchester International Festival recently, and tells the story of Kasparov’s loss to the mindless silicon monster. The loss was narrow, but it was harrowing. The machine had arrived; engine supremacy was established and chess as we….