The latest chess column in the New York Times discusses the utter dominance of the machine these days:
Deep Blue made history in 1997 by defeating Garry Kasparov in a six-game match. A decade later, no human would dare take on a chess program at even strength. The premier chess engine, Rybka, is estimated at 3100, or 300 points higher than any player.
Rybka is exploring this dominant relationship with handicap matches against grandmasters. After narrowly losing a match at pawn handicap, I agreed to participate in an experiment. Every draw would count as a win for me. After we split four games, Rybka streaked to a 6-2 rout.