Are there strong chess engines that can beat most of the good chess engines without using databases (like opening databases), solely using brute force?
In the recent Nakamura - Stockfish match, Stockfish played with a one pawn handicap.
Additionally "According to match conditions, Stockfish was not allowed to access either an opening book or an endgame tablebase.".
Without opening database and with a one pawn handicap, Stockfish still beat Nakamura quite handily 3-1.