CHESS UPDATE….Kasparov has now punted two games in a row. In game three, playing white against Deep Junior, Kasparov played strongly until the end, when he slipped and looked headed for a draw ? but then missed a crucial play and allowed Deep Junior to pull out a last-minute win.

This seems to be the pattern in the three big-time man vs. machine chess matches since 1997: the human plays well for the first two or three games, but then folds under the pressure of the computer’s unblinking eye. Is that going to happen again this time?

The score is now tied at 1.5 to 1.5. The next game is on Sunday.