Questions tagged [computer-chess]

This tag refers to chess games played by computers. If you want to ask a question about those games, use this tag. Otherwise, use the tag [engines].

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What happens if a strong chess engine plays with itself many times?

If a strong engine (eg. Stockfish) plays with itself many times (say, 100 times), what will be the outcomes in terms of the following: What will be the proportion of draws? Will there be wins/losses? ...
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How did the engines improve since Deep Blue?

Computer chess engines have gotten better since Deep Blue beat Kasparov in 1997. Did the algorithms get better, or were the improvements mostly due to the same algorithms running faster thanks to ...
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What if we downloaded a gigantic database of chess games into our brains (intelligence downloads)?

If we downloaded a gigantic database of chess games into our brains (intelligence downloads), then would we play at a stronger level than the world's leading top players? What about if we downloaded ...
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On how old hardware can modern engines be run, and how strong are they?

For example, could modern Stockfish theoretically, with the hardware at the time, be entered into the 1974 World Computer Chess Championship? If so, would it be grandmaster level?
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Do top chess grandmasters have significant drawing chances against top engines?

the likes of stockfish and komodo are much stronger than humans. The 3300 plus ratings of these engines suggests that even the top humans would find it impossible to draw even 1 game, but is this ...
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Chess as random process

Not sure whether this is more of a physics or a chess question. Looking at the evaluation graph (computer evaluation vs. move number) of a game of chess, I realized that there are some similarities ...
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program to output features in a position

is there a program available that will take a position as input and output the features in that position such as: bad knight on H3, good bishop on g2, knight outpost on E5, passed pawn on c6, etc. It ...
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How to slow down replay in Arena [closed]

I am using arena to play through pgn games. Unfortunately the replay feature is far to fast for me. I have tried to slow it down by changing the settings in levels but this does not work. Thank you ...
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Is Magnus Carlsen ever going to play against Stockfish in a event?

I was wondering if the actual champion is ever going to play against a chess engine like Kasparov and Krammik did? Or is this kind of event not going to happen anymore due to the strength of the ...
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Can you objectively determine who was the best chess player of all time?

There have been a number of statistical attempts (e.g., chessmetrics and edo) or computerized attempts to determine who was the best chess player of all time. The statistical approaches attempt to ...
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Are there any dicylic graphing programs for chess? [closed]

Although chess is frequently thought of as a tree structure, it is not because positions can be arrived at through different move orders and moves can be repeated. Are their graphing programs/...
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Are computers playing good chess beyond what humans can see?

It is more than a decade now that no human has beaten a top chess program, and now there are computer vs computer matches continuously running and getting results. Those results are used by ...
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Alternative approaches to chess engine programming

As far as I understand, roughly speaking, chess engines work by: calculating all possible variations (game tree) up to some depth evaluating the final position based on some criteria (material, piece ...
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Improvement of chess engines over time

Chess engine strength has increased considerably over time due to increase of computer strength, but also improvement in algorithms/parameters. Is there any statistics or graph out there which shows ...
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Lessons to learn from Chess.com [closed]

How much do you know Chess.com website? Chess.com is the most successful website for chess players to use in their chess life. I'm a web developer and I'm going to create a social network for chess ...
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How do you implement Alpha-Beta search when you can only compare 2 positions to each other?

In their paper about DeepChess, http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/~wolf/papers/deepchess.pdf, David et al show a cool way to train a net to play chess. I've trained my net to some degree of success and I want ...
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How computers have changed the way humans play chess

A few years ago Vishy Anand mentioned in an interview that computers had changed the way humans play chess. Obviously computers help a lot in opening preparation, but what other concrete examples are ...
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Engine that likes to draw

Is there a world-class chess engine that can be configured so that it equally likes to draw and win? I imagine the engine would really like making exchanges, for example. What would happen if you ...
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Make chess great again [closed]

Chess at the highest level has changed a lot perhaps helped by computers, so that nowadays we have: black often playing for a draw GM analyzing some opening lines all the way to the endgame opponents ...
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Computers finding computer moves

There are positions in chess where the only good move (e.g. only move that preserves equality) is very unnatural for a human player. For instance if this move goes against common principles or if it ...
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Implementing Late Move Reduction (LMR) inside iterative deepening

Here I am trying to improve my engine, and the next feature on the list is LMR. I understood the general ideia, but since I don't want to introduce bugs and the CPW on the subject has no code, how do ...
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Using a Linux UCI Engine with a GUI (eg. Fritz 15)

Is there any way a Linux UCI Engine (such as StockFish 8) be used with Fritz 15? Will this involve customizing the source code and rebuilding to implement things like hash size, tablebase locations, ...
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How do the best centaurs compare to the best computers?

Do human-machine combinations still beat the best computer chess players, or have computer players gotten good enough to beat even the best computer-human duos?
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Who could win today: modern chess players or computers with old games database? [duplicate]

I know that modern programs are highly use historical plays databases to have openings and ends lists. Also chess algorithms often use AI to learn how to better calculate the move. Anyway I am not ...
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Validate Engine moves using Perft and divide

I'm developing a small Engine in Java, before trying something more elaborate in C/C++. Right now I'm running some perft tests (the 'perf_talkchess' file), but as expected it has some bugs. Consider ...
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Is computer chess exhibiting the predicted “draw death”?

At various times, even going back 100 years or more, people have been predicting the "draw death" of chess meaning that top players will get so good that every game will be a draw. In the 1984 World ...
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Are the GUIs of Chessbase chess programs the same?

Chessbase (the company) has several chess analysis programs available: Fritz, Komodo Chess, Houdini Pro, Deep Junior and Deep Rybka. Do all of these programs use one and the same graphical user ...
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Theoretically, shouldn't analysis of any chess move have exactly nine possibilities?

Since chess is finite and deterministic, it is theoretically possible to objectively label any position as winning, losing, or drawn. For example, it seems very likely that the starting position is ...
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What endgame, with 3 to 6 pieces, has the longest known forced checkmate?

I am wondering, what endgame, with 3 to 6 pieces, has the longest checkmate with optimal play? Right now, the longest I'm aware of is the two knights versus one pawn endgame, which in certain ...
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Has the performance of physical electronic chess sets increased similarly to the performance of software based implementations over the years?

From what I understand, the difficulty of most chess engines is determined by how long they are allowed to 'think' about the moves. From what I understand, the performance of software based chess ...
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How do I not play too fast when playing the computer?

When I'm playing against a computer, it moves virtually instantly. Automatically, I'm speeding up as if trying to match it. Obviously, I'm not a computer, so I make horrible blunders if I move so ...
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Is any rating information available for human/computer hybrid players?

So we know that the right computer can beat the best human. And computer players are rated as well as human players. Is there any rating information available for hybrid players? (Humans moving ...
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How useful is a 40-year-old chess book?

I have a chess book which I find great in terms of tone, formatting, etc., but the computer does not agree with some variations I gave it. How much has chess changed since 1977? I imagine the rise of ...
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Why would a correspondence chess player be accused of using a computer?

I play a good deal of online correspondence chess. On the website I use I sometimes see users being accused of using computers in correspondence chess, but without any evidence being presented. What ...
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The exsistence of IBM’s Deep Blue

How would IBM’s Deep Blue fair against modern day champions like Carlsen? Was it decommissioned after Kasparov's game?
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Did Deep Blue play like a human?

Kasparov said, in Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine, that Deep Blue "sank into deep thinking" and took like 15 minutes to make a move. The movie tells the story of their match, in 1997. At a ...
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Chess computers in human tournaments

Do computers play in ordinary human grandmaster chess tournaments with time limits at 40 moves in two hours etc? If so how do they fare?
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Can a computer have a good tournament?

Tournament players can "have a good tournament" because of the psychology involved, so their playing strength will vary from game to game. Do computers play at a constant strength all the time, or do ...
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What would approximately be the ICCF rating of a GM with no external help and of a computer with no human judgment?

I need some players who play at the ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) to answer this question. What would approximately be the ICCF Elo rating of the two following players? Player ...
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Have endgame tablebases ever been compiled for smaller variants of chess?

I am interested in compiling endgame tablebases for a few miniature chess variants, such as Chess Attack (5x6) and Los Alamos Chess (6x6). Have these ever been created before, and if so, are they ...
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What is approximately the Elo rating of an engine which selects its moves randomly? [duplicate]

An engine which, in a given position, finds all the possible legal moves, and then selects one of them randomly (each move has the same probability of being chosen) and plays it on the board. Its ...
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Do better board representations than the standard one exist?

Consider the classical representation of the state of a chess game. I'll draw the board: R BK BNR PPPP PP N Q PP p np p ppp pp r bkqbnr Here is its move list: d5 d5 c4 c6 Nf3 e6 ...
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Can you compile Stockfish in Windows without Unix/GNU?

Can you compile Stockfish in Windows (without Unix/GNU), perhaps via Visual Studio? The official "how to compile Stockfish on Windows" suggests using MinGW (see links below) and I am looking for a ...
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How many positions per second can a modern supercomputer calculate?

If we created a very powerful supercomputer (as powerful as the current most powerful supercomputers) which was only designed to find forced mates, how many positions could it calculate per second? ...
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Can a human defeat an engine in a 10-game match if he is given the White pieces and draw odds in every game?

What would happen in a 10-game match between one of the strongest human player (Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian, Kramnik or Anand) and one of the strongest engine (Komodo, Stockfish or Houdini), but with ...
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Will quantum computers solve chess?

The theory is that there are more that 10^40 positions, and a computer that works with an atomic scale has to be impossibly large(As in galaxy-scale large), and well beyond our current level of ...

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