Computers cannot play chess – no, I’m serious. December 13, 2006Posted by dorigo in Blogroll, chess, computers, games, internet, news, personal.
After a few weeks of absence, I went back to pay a visit to Tim Krabbé’s refreshing Open chess diary, http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess2/diary.htm . Tim is a web-friend of mine, a strong chessplayer, and inexhaustible source of chess trivia of the highest level, besides being a talented writer of novels (many of you have probably seen the movie “The Vanishing”, featuring Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges: it is based on one of his novels, although he is unhappy of the movie).
If you visit his site, besides getting hooked, you will find item 330, which is a jaw-dropping demonstration that indeed, computers -even the strongest ones in circulation, that is, including Fritz 10 and Rybka 2.2- cannot play chess. In two ways: first, by not seeing a mate in one or a queen en prise. Second, by showing they do not know the application of one of the most important practical rules of the game.
If you love chess, you are strongly encouraged to check Tim’s diary. If only to claim we humans are still superior to machines… However, the problem is in the way we humans program the darn silicon beasts!