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  1. FastEddieB

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    First off, the Netflix show “The Queen’s Gambit” is quite compelling, fairly accurate in its of representation of the chess world, and with enough character development and nuance to draw folks in, even if they don’t play chess. Highly recommended.

    Second, today at 5P Eastern time Hikaru Nakamura, one of the world’s top players, is going to begin an odds match against one of the latest chess programs. The fact that 2 pawn odds is needed now to level the playing field is remarkable - it was only in 1996 that Deep Blue beat the world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a single game, and 1997 that it won a match against him. In my lifetime it was wondered if a computer could ever beat a top-tier human. That question was settled quite some time ago.

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    Anyway, I plan on tuning in - could be interesting.
     
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    I don't play chess but do know the basics... The Queen's Gambit was an great series.. we enjoyed it.
     
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    So it details how many wedgies and swirlies they got while in the Chess Club in middle and high school?
     
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    Queen's Gambit was awesome. Watching a guy play a computer doesn't sound like quality entertainment, though.
     
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    As a spectator sport, chess makes golf look exciting.
     
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    The problem with chess is the limited moves, that gives the computer the advantage. Add more pieces and make every piece can go diagonal, straight or knight combo, more squares and humans would beat the computers.
     
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    I'd rather watch chess than the Crossfit Games.
     
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    A bit underwhelming. I expected some expert commentary to go along with each game. It was 3 draws and headed to another draw in the 4th game when I went to bed.

    Still, I found his thought processes interesting as each game proceeded. I found it interesting that at times he’d look up while thinking about moves, much like in The Queen’s Gambit. Anyway, of enough interest I’ll try to tune in again today for games 4 to 8.
     
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    That was, perhaps, true when Deep Blue won against Boris Spasky. Today, not so.

    That's why Alpha Go (https://deepmind.com/research/case-studies/alphago-the-story-so-far) was such a big deal. Go is much more open ended and computationally complex. But Alpha GO beat the worlds best players in straight games.
     
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    That is remarkable about 2 pawns being needed to level the field now.

    When I was a young adult, the fact that a computer could not beat the best human players was considered by many as a sign that computers would never really "think".
     
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    I tried to get into chess when I was younger, but it just didn't take. I think I could be given not just a two pawn advantage, but also both rooks, a knight, and the queen and still get thrashed by a lot of players.
     
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    Poor Hikaru got smoked on all 4 games today.