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The IBM DeepBlue which is a chess computer that won against the one of the world's top chess players Kasparov was an IBM research project.

Can I buy this?

Thanks in advance.

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What is your net worth? How much are you willing to spend? – Lumberjack Jun 30 '14 at 14:05
It would probably help if you told us why you want to do this-whoever has the power to give you access is going to want to know. – Cleveland Jun 30 '14 at 19:45
How can this useless question can generate so many upvotes? Can I buy IBM deepblue. Yes you can. The same way you can buy almost anything in this world. If it exists, you can potentially buy it. – Salvador Dali Jul 1 '14 at 4:36
Of course, just buy IBM and then Deep Blue is all yours. – Wes Jul 1 '14 at 13:31
@Wes hahaha, that's the best way! :) +1 – JavaTechnical Jul 1 '14 at 14:23

I guess you have to ask IBM, but it's probably not for sale. Right now the custom made computer is on display at the Computer History Museum.

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How to contact IBM regarding this issue? – JavaTechnical Jun 30 '14 at 15:34
It's probably not for sale :) It was a special project with custom hardware built for playing chess. – Dag Oskar Madsen Jun 30 '14 at 15:43
It's certainly not a standard catalog item. Custom hardware, custom software, persuading IBM to divert the resources... I think the answer really is that few people can afford to spend what it'd take to make IBM consider it. You might do better talking to the Watson group about what it'd take to make a chess game that runs on their hardware. That at least is hardware IBM is currently tooled up to sell (or to rent time on). Again, I suspect that if you have to ask here you can't afford it, but at least that inquiry might be taken more seriously. – keshlam Jun 30 '14 at 19:37
You can call their sales department at: 1-866-883-8901 but you will need to convince them you are a serious potential customer. – slider Jul 1 '14 at 0:50

Most (all?) modern chess computers are software programs which can be run from anyone's computer. Back in the bad old days of 1999, though, IBM couldn't get what they wanted from some random laptop. They made Deep Blue using custom hardware which made mass production economically impossible. So no, you cannot buy it because they were never made for sale.

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I wonder how could I operate it? At least, a chance to play with it once in the museum? – JavaTechnical Jun 30 '14 at 15:33
Unless you have a lot of clout and/or a REALLY good reason (prominent CS professor with a specific purpose? New Yorker journalist trying to fully immerse? You have a family member on the museum board? Member of the US Congress?) I doubt it's going to be possible. – Cleveland Jun 30 '14 at 19:03

Deep Blue is a computing machine designed by the IBM research group, and is very customized. There is only one, and there is no intention to recreate it.

The machine itself is so tied with IBM's legacy and triumphs, even today, that it would be unthinkable for them, at this time, to part with it for any reason.

Further, it is not in a playable state, and requires significant effort to set up and run. It is unlikely that they would find a reason or need to bring it back up to a playable state, because as long as it remains unpowered it can't be beat. Similar to retiring after a major win, there is nothing to gain and everything to lose by coming out of retirement.

The 15 year anniversary was celebrated by IBM with the creation of a tumbler:

So even now they still use it as part of their marketing and outreach efforts. Read the articles and watch the videos there and you may get a glimpse of the effort require not only to create the machine, but to run it.

If you believe you have the resources or wherewithal to convince them to part with it or make it playable, you had best discuss the topic with them directly - this site is not a Deep Blue support board:

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If I am not mistaken, it was sold off to two different museums.


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