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Please be advised: the Museum will be open on Wednesday, June 19, 12:00–6:00 p.m. for the Juneteenth holiday.


Checkmate: How Computer Chess Changed the World


​Advance reservations are no longer being taken. Tickets may become available at the door on a first-come, first-served standby.

With IBM computer scientist Murray Campbell in person, and other special guests

Not long ago, the idea of a computer beating a human at chess was the stuff of science fiction. But some of the most creative programmers of the 1980s and 1990s were determined to make it a reality. And they did. In two matches that riveted the world, Deep Blue, the IBM supercomputer, took on the brilliant world chess champion Garry Kasparov, and finally the computer won. The program begins with a very special secret screening of a feature film that will have its New York premiere in June—a darkly comic, fictional take on those early programming efforts, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at Sundance—and is followed by a fascinating discussion with some of the real-life programmers and chess masters involved in the epic match-up between man and machine. Murray Campbell is a research scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, and was a member of the team that developed Deep Blue.

Tickets: $30 public / $18 Museum members.