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I was watching some Fide Candidates post play conference and Grischuk mentioned that a certain move was suggested by AlphaZero. So I was googling a little and have a stupid question. Where is AlphaZero? I thought it is non-public and no-access engine and I really cannot find anything but an implementation of the algorithm on github based on their published paper but from the page it seems it is not really the AlphaZero.

So does anyone have more insight if AlphaZero engine is somewhere available to use or even play against? How would Alexander Grischuk have access to it?

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  • Which move? Is it possible that he was talking about a position which had occurred previously in one of the published AlphaZero games?
    – itub
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 14:03
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    I haven't seen footage of the moment you mention, but I'd guess that Grischuk was making a tongue-in-cheek comment about the supposed strangeness of a move that he played, jokingly suggesting that it came from AlphaZero.
    – ETD
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 14:03

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No, as far as I know DeepMind's AlphaZero chess program has not been publicly released in any form, and I don't know if they plan to do so at any point. The only games of AlphaZero vs Stockfish that have been publicly showcased are the 10 games that can be found either in their pre-print paper, on their website or the chess news outlets such as chess24.

I guess the comment you're referring to is the one made during the press conference by Alexander Grischuk after his first game vs Liren Ding, where they played the Anti-Moscow variation of the semi-Slav Defense, an opening that has not occurred in any of the published sample games of AlphaZero vs Stockfish. So for all we know, as ETD has also pointed out in comments, Grishuk is jokingly labeling probably his 16.a4 novelty (or possibly the whole sacrificial variation after Nxf7) as an idea liked by AlphaZero but disliked by Stockfish. This is also pointed out in the chess24 report of the 4th round.

Grischuk essayed 16.a4 in this variation where the main move is usually 16.Bg4 (which became famous after the Topalov vs Kramnik game in 2008):

 [title "Semi-Slav Defense: Anti-Moscow variation 16.a4"]
 [fen ""]
 [StartPly "38"]

 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Ne5 Bg7 12. Nxf7 Kxf7 13. e5 Nd5 14. Ne4 Qb6 15. Nd6+ Ke7 16. a4 (16. Bg4)

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