Kasparov, computer tie fifth game

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updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Garry Kasparov, the world's top-rated chess player, and computer opponent Deep Junior tied the fifth game of their Man vs Machine series, playing just 19 moves. The six-game series remains tied at 2-games apiece. The final game of the match - which could end in a draw - is set for tomorrow. In the 10th move of the game yesterday, the Israeli-programmed Deep Junior sacrificed, or exposed, its bishop to Kasparov's king to draw the piece into a vulnerable position. The king was then repeatedly attacked by Deep Junior's knight, keeping it in check. The repetition of moves forced a draw in nine more moves. Experts watching the game said Kasparov was forced into a no-way-out situation and none of his other pieces could help him. Kasparov, 39, rose to chess prominence as a Soviet junior champion in 1976, at age 12. He has held the world's no.1 point-system ranking since 1984, despite occasional losses to humans, and has achieved almost mythic status in the chess world. Deep Junior is a three-time computer world champion and won the last official world chess championship for computers in July. (AP)