Letter: Deep ignorance

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Deep ignorance

Sir: Len Salem (letter, 19 May) need not worry on behalf of F-H Hsu and the rest of the Deep Blue team. They are all well-known as individuals "in the trade", and are receiving plenty of media attention.

The UK has a proud record of achievement, both commercial innovation and academic research, in computer chess. Sadly, whereas in the US and Canada, the Netherlands and Germany, and many other parts of the world, this work earns respect and attracts extensive sponsorship from companies like IBM and Aegon, in the UK it is treated with faint derision and ignorance. Such is life.