When some ultra strong computer discovers the perfect game of chess, will chess as a game die?

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    “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” - Douglas Adams
    – Ian Bush
    Dec 10, 2021 at 14:13
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    Assuming perfect chess is a draw, I would assume players would just avoid the lines that lead to your hypothetical perfect game unless they're playing for a draw. Isn't that what happens with the Berlin and probably a lot of other lines that top players can play almost perfectly?
    – Matt
    Dec 10, 2021 at 14:19
  • Also, humans play chess for fun! Just because a computer knows every eventuality, doesn't mean humans will. They will continue to enjoy the challenge of playing other humans. Dec 10, 2021 at 19:41
  • At the rate progress is being made on that front (computers only know how to play 7-piece positions perfectly today, and that happened nearly a decade ago with 8-piece positions still unsolved) none of us will be alive when that happens, and quite possibly none of our children will be either.
    – Arlen
    Dec 11, 2021 at 20:09

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Probably not much. As some top players have stated, we're close to the limit of what humans can memorize to prepare for a chess game. Preparation will become slightly more refined, but that will only translate into a marginal improvement of the quality of the games.

  • Ancient Chess was based on scientific and logical calculations. Shad Yantra which is based on 10x10 squares cannot be solved.
    – ShadYantra
    Dec 10, 2021 at 15:39
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    @ShadYantra what are you even talking about? What's "Ancient Chess"?
    – David
    Dec 10, 2021 at 21:31
  • Ancient Chess named "Shad Yantra" was invented by logical and keeping Millitary ranks in mind. This game is elaborated in Kautilya ArthShashtra. It is played in 10x10 board.
    – ShadYantra
    Dec 11, 2021 at 6:48

Computer analysis of some parts of the start of the game might refute some openings which are at present considered sound. And possibly deem sound some openings which are at present considered dubious, by refuting their refutations.

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