Garry Kaspárov was born in the capital of the Russian Republic of Azerbaijan.

His legend says that he learned the rules of chess noting how his parents solved problems. One day gave the solution to one of them.

Kasparov won the Youth Championship of the USSR at the age of 13, and repeated it at 14. When he was only 16 years old, his reputation in the Soviet Union and the West had grown to such an extent that no could already participate in tournaments without going unnoticed. The young «Gárik», as he was known in Russia, was considered to be a formidable competitor for teachers within the USSR and more experienced players.

With 21 Kasparov faced the legendary Soviet player Anatoly Kárpov for his first world title. The meeting had agreed to six wins, and the tables did not. The score was five to zero, but when all were lost the encounter began a long series of tables that exasperaban Karpov. Kasparov scored his first victory in the game 32. They followed 14 consecutive tables. Kasparov scored his second point in heading 47 and the third in the 48. The score was 5-3. Both players were playing a chess brightly, but after 6 months and 48 games, the showdown was suspended. Citing tiredness from both players, was suddenly canceled the contest without Crown a winner. The meeting was resumed the following year, and Kasparov beat Karpov proclaimed world champion, a title that has been preserved for more than 15 consecutive years.

On 17 February 1996, in Philadelphia, rose from a table full of triumph and glory chess. It had defeated the supercomputer Deep Blue of IBM company in the sixth and final game a battle of intelligence that was considered the greatest test between a man and a machine. The human race had won by a score of 4-2 but was not even so closely. Garry Kasparov had shown a control strategy beyond crushing machine brute-force tactics. Deep Blue could calculate 100 million positions per second, but lacked the necessary sensitivity to the subtleties of positional play, the true master seal. On May 11, 1997, in a different scenario, a new and improved computer called ‘Deeper Blue’ beat Kasparov in the rematch of the century by a marker end of 3.5 – 2.5.

I was always impressed the story of Kasparov – Deep Blue, and I always pointed to the technological development in intensive medicine.

In the heart of medicine, in our ICUs, where its expression is life or death and the intensity is extreme, it might be the moment of stopping to think if we want to be like Kasparov: those who win the battle to the machines.
Do we have that sensitivity needed for taking of positional play, and be teachers?.

Alltogether, I think so.

As well, says Dr. Dolores Escudero in her article On the one ICU open doors, more comfortable and humane . It’s time to change published in the official journal of the SEMICYUC, Medicina Intensiva and that we have already mentioned previously in Mara came with this blog under her arm. For some it will be, technological development must go hand turn the human being, and we must redesign clinical practice to make our patients comfortable and human.

We should not postpone more change since it is an inescapable social and professional demand.

This post is dedicated to Dr. Antonio Núñez: great chess player, excellent intensive care, and a better person.

Happy Friday, scoundrels!