Are there strong chess engines that can beat most of the good chess engines without using databases (like opening databases), solely using brute force?

  • Well.... The question is a very simple YES.
    – SmallChess
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 13:21

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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.

  • I did not realize computer software/hardware have come this far. Has the software come up with new openings that humans have never thought of before.
    – stevek
    Commented Dec 10, 2015 at 16:18
  • @stevek I think you underestimated computer chess. Lots of chess openings played by the top players are analyzed by computers.
    – SmallChess
    Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 6:37

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