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Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, who rarely lost a match, was in the habit of taking off his watch at the start of a contest -- and putting it back on at the decisive moment that a checkmate had become an inevitability. His opponents usually conceded.

During a tournament match in 1996, however, Kasparov put on his watch and was dismayed to find that his opponent stubbornly insisted upon finishing the game. The opponent in question? Deep Blue, IBM's famous chess-playing supercomputer.

[Kasparov won the tournament 4 games to 2 but lost a rematch in 1997.]

["When Garri Kasparov wrestles with his conscience," Dominic Larson once quipped, "he always wins. It's what he's best at."]

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