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How has chess managed to remain a competitive sport despite engine dominance?

For the same reason the Tour de France is still a thing even if you could perform much better on a motorbike. Most chess enthusiasts didn't stop playing chess after noticing there's some other person ...
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Are banter blitz players who draw arrows on the board during the game breaking the FIDE Laws of Chess?

I agree that it would break the FIDE rules against note taking, but this is not a FIDE tournament; it is online blitz on Lichess, so FIDE rules need not apply. You'd have to look at the Lichess terms ...
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How has chess managed to remain a competitive sport despite engine dominance?

An analogy often used here is to compare people to cars. Sure, cars can travel far faster than people like Usain Bolt, but that doesn't mean it's not entertaining to watch. When people watch players ...
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How has chess managed to remain a competitive sport despite engine dominance?

As much as people fear losing their jobs to machines that can do them better, Chess has seen the exact opposite take shape. That's because chess is a game. People enjoy playing it, and they enjoy ...
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How has chess managed to remain a competitive sport despite engine dominance?

Arguably, chess is more exciting today because of computers rather than despite computers. Chess engines have had the side effect of eliminating adjournment from tournament play and generally led to ...
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How has chess managed to remain a competitive sport despite engine dominance?

Now that we have "accepted" that we are worse, why do we still want to see who's better? Computers aren't human beings. They can't compete with us for any of the important things of life as ...
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How has chess managed to remain a competitive sport despite engine dominance?

Sport is about human excellence, humans competing against one another and fun. The fact that a computer can do something much better than a human might take a bit away from human achievement, but ...
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Why hasn't the rating of full-time chess streamers improved?

The answer is very simple. Full-time chess streaming does nothing to improve your chess. For players under 2200 the single best thing to do is work on tactics. Full-time chess streaming does nothing ...
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How has chess managed to remain a competitive sport despite engine dominance?

Man is a competitive person by nature. The computer is a machine that is manufactured to perform one or more specific activities, but the number of tasks it can perform is limited. But who made them ...
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Why hasn't the rating of full-time chess streamers improved?

I don't believe signing to an e-sport will magically improve chess rating. Highly doubt those e-spot clubs have the resources to train a GM player. They don't have access to deep opening preparations, ...
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How has chess managed to remain a competitive sport despite engine dominance?

An additional reason to what is already mentioned, from the eyes of a spectator/enjoyer of the game, is that computers play chess in a way that is either hard to understand for humans or very dry and ...
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How has chess managed to remain a competitive sport despite engine dominance?

We now have human chess and computer chess. Anybody who wishes for the strongest chess playing possible, head to the TCEC chess championship. Human chess is headed by Carlsen. There are two champions ...
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