What computer defeated a champion chess player?

Author's Note

I have to confess, I'm not much of a chess player. I haven't played in so long, in fact, that I don't know if I could even tell you how each piece is supposed to move. But I admire the skill that it takes, and I'm amazed by the ability to foresee what one's opponent is going to do. Some people may have disliked it when computers beat chess champions, or when Watson won "Jeopardy!", but I think they're forgetting who created the computers. The fact that a computer can "think" and make decisions like a person is a testament to human abilities, too.

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