chess

Artificial Intelligence

Million Dollar Computer Chess Problem Will Take 'Thousands of Years' to Solve

4,426,165,368 possible queen positions.
Claire Downs
9.6.17
There Be Space Dragons

NASA Will Stare Into the Cosmic Abyss for Signs of Star Babies

You merely adopted the darkness, these stars were born it.
Becky Ferreira
6.26.17
crypto

The Spy Who Checkmated Me: Why Postal Chess Was Banned During Wartime

The United States banned postal chess during WWII because it feared the game was being used to send secret messages. But how would this actually work?
Daniel Oberhaus
3.25.17
Gaming

'Really Bad Chess' Is a Really Fun Insult to Chess

“It's impossible to argue from a formalist standpoint that Really Bad Chess is good.”
Zack Kotzer
10.9.16
Motherboard

The Chess Engine that Died So AlphaGo Could Live

Google DeepMind's Go engine is being praised for its "intuition." But everyone seems to have forgotten AlphaGo's predecessor, Giraffe.
Rollin Bishop
3.14.16
video

This Grandmaster Lost an Internet Game of Blitz Chess to an Amateur

“Magical-schmagical stuff.”
Rachel Pick
6.9.15
chess

The Slow Race to Solve Chess

Can an algorithm deliver a definitive solution to the problem of a chess game?
Michael Byrne
1.3.15
Culture

Big Data's Strategy for Winning the World Chess Championship

When Viswanathan Anand goes aggro, he wins big.
Ben Richmond
11.12.14
Motherboard Blog

Why Armenia Is More Likely to Engineer Super-Children Than China

China is undertaking the largest, most sophisticated effort to identify and exploit "high IQ" genes in the world. But Armenia's going to breed a generation of super-smart kids using a 1,000 year-old game.
Brian Merchant
3.25.13
Motherboard Blog

Ones and Zeros: Fermilab FTW, Mind Control WTF

_It's good to see that Fermilab is still getting some_ h3. ONE: FCC's report on how to improve local journalism in the age of the Webs ("FCC":http://www.fcc.gov/info-needs-communities) h3. Zero: A cheating computer ("Extreme Tech":http://www...
Ones Zeros
6.30.11