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Can Grandmasters beat computers when given time-odds?

Yes. A grandmaster or a team of grandmasters can hold a draw or win against an engine when given time odds. I think that there is a minimum time control at which an engine can perform equally good or ...
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Giving moves as odds, what's the least number of moves by White which forces checkmate by the time it's Black's turn?

I think something like this is the easiest solution. The set-up takes 16 moves, but then it's only two more moves to checkmate and you don't need a computer to verify it. This is almost the same as ...
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Is there a way to use handicaps in chess to bridge the gap between players of different skill levels?

I have been handicapping student games for over 15 years, and my two favourites, if the relative strengths allow, are these: 1) White replaces queen with rook (about 4 points) -OR- 2) White replaces ...
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Equation for Handicap

Are there any sort of equations for how much of a handicap one should receive to make a game between two players with differing Elo ratings as balanced as possible? The short answer is "No", ...
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At what handicap are humans as good as computer?

No scientific studies on this that I know of, but chess.com has hosted some online matches between super GMs (like Nakamura) and top engines in the world (esp. Komodo if I recall correctly). In these ...
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How does "time odds" confer an advantage to the weaker player?

Indeed, you can think on your opponent's time. However, Your opponent may make a move you didn't expect Your calculation may be slightly worse because you had to see one ply farther Even if he played ...
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Can Grandmasters beat computers when given time-odds?

Your question is stated in such a way, that the answer Yes is almost certain. And I will explain why. First of all, from mathematical (game theory) point of view, chess is an extensive-form game, ...
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How to prepare for a handicap game (queen odds) / strategy?

Years ago my club in England ran a handicap tournament in the summer, which I organised and also played in. Had you and your friend been members, I think you would have played at Queen odds, or maybe ...
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Can Grandmasters beat computers when given time-odds?

Yes, at some ratio. But that ratio changes every day, in favor of the computer. Grandmasters are getting very slightly better over the years, while computers double in speed every few years. Maybe a ...
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What is the required Elo to beat a Grandmaster with queen odds?

I'm a senior master (2400+), and I've played thousands of odds games with players up to expert level (2000+). In the 90s I was able to give a local 2100 the odds of piece-for-pawn (White removes his ...
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What is the required Elo to beat a Grandmaster with queen odds?

I have played against computer engines with material odds for myself. At queen odds I win easily. Minor piece odds gave me a lot of good practice. I was losing them to start off but managed to ...
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Does Deep Blue give handicaps?

I'm going to answer this question from a literal interpretation - dfan's answer gives some nice background that may be what you're looking for but doesn't answer the question directly. There are ...
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Does Deep Blue give handicaps?

Note that IBM's chess computer was called "Deep Blue", not "Big Blue". It was dismantled a long time ago and current chess engines are significantly stronger than it anyway. There have been some ...
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Can Grandmasters beat computers when given time-odds?

I'd like to address a slightly different question: would a grandmaster be favored to win over a computer given time odds? I say this because even a weak player has some statistically significant ...
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Can Grandmasters beat computers when given time-odds?

Absolutely not, a human has no chance whatsoever to win against supercomputers these days, even at 10 to 1 ratio on time. Chess engines on supercomputers are so sophisticated these days that they can ...
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Can Grandmasters beat computers when given time-odds?

Nope Time odds are irrelevant on the computational side. Computation of chess positions is easily parallelized, meaning additional computational resources can be brought to bear independently of ...
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How to prepare for a handicap game (queen odds) / strategy?

makes no sense. Opening theory is thrown off the window the moment you give material odds. All considerations about "knowing the opening" do not apply. Play the type of game that allows you to put ...
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Is there a heuristic for how much time handicap to give players of different skill levels?

we have even odds when poor player myself (1200 lichess) gets 5 minutes and stronger player him (1900 lichess) gets 1 minute That's probably not too far out. As I wrote in this answer about some of ...
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How and why were the chess pieces given as "odds" predetermined?

The queenside pieces are less missed than their kingside equivalents, not only in defense but also in attack. Giving the kingside piece amounts to increasing the handicap. This would be most ...
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How does "time odds" confer an advantage to the weaker player?

This question raises a couple of topics: What is the minimum amount of time per move a player needs in order to avoid blunders, displacing the pieces, fingerfehlers, etc. When the time handicap is ...
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Is there a way to use handicaps in chess to bridge the gap between players of different skill levels?

Like some people have mentioned in the thread, both time and piece handicaps are popular in chess. You also can do "wager" handicaps if you're playing for cash or play-money currency. There are ...
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Is there a way to use handicaps in chess to bridge the gap between players of different skill levels?

I play against kids at my high school, and they're terrible. I can handicap a queen and both rooks, but usually I still win. When you're playing against low-skill players, handicaps don't matter much.
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