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(Edmonton Sun)   Bill Gates got checkmated by world Chess champion Magnus Carlsen in just nine, count 'em, nine moves. Adding insult to injury, Gates kept calling the knight "the horsey guy"   (edmontonsun.com) divider line 107
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2014-01-24 11:01:29 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: "the world's second-richest person behind Mexico's Carlos Slim,"

Fine.

I'm probably ignorant for never having heard of him. But the name "Carlos Slim" sounds like something out of an Onion article. Now I have to go google it.


Good for you. At least you didn't ask who the hell he was as many here do.

/off to goog myself
 
2014-01-24 11:07:46 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: I've always thought it odd how ability in chess is conflated with intelligence.
I've met some people who were smashing at chess, but more or less retarded at other things (like math).
And I've met the opposite. One of the most intelligent people I've known is rubbish at it, rubbish enough that I can beat him, and I'm pretty mediocre at chess.


i remember in high school a bunch of people considered me a "smart kid" and someone had a chess board so they asked me to play.  and they were like "oh, this kid is gonna win cause he's smart."  but it turns out i have no aptitude for chess at all, i know how the pieces move, but i cannot understand any of the strategy.  so i lost like every game and they were baffled.  i'm straight up terrible at chess, even my college friends were surprised how bad i am.  i just can't follow the strategy of the game at all.
 
2014-01-24 11:10:38 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: I've always thought it odd how ability in chess is conflated with intelligence.

I've met some people who were smashing at chess, but more or less retarded at other things (like math).

And I've met the opposite. One of the most intelligent people I've known is rubbish at it, rubbish enough that I can beat him, and I'm pretty mediocre at chess.


Chess is memorizing. I had a friend who had played so much he had pretty much every counter move memorized. He was kind of hyper and I moved v-e-r-y slowly. I was able to beat him because his mind was already four moves ahead.

/good times
 
2014-01-24 11:25:35 PM  

obenchainr: spawn73: Yeah I did.Now how long do you need to think about the fact that a computer couldn't beat a human till 1997, given that computers are kinda known for being good at memorizing things.

Everyone knows how to force a draw at tic-tae, because the number of permutations is limited.  Chess just has a metric shiat-tonne more permutations.  So many more that, at the end of 2 moves each, there are about 9,000 possible board combinations; after 5 moves, that number is 5,000,000.  Even with the massive processing power we have today, it's not practical to extrapolate every possible permutation to end-game (which is the only way to flat-out guarantee a win: never make a move that allows the opponent to eliminate all possible victory conditions).


Try this one. I used to be pretty good at it.

ladygeekgirl.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-25 12:49:30 AM  

gameshowhost: I doubt most non-master-class folks would last any longer.


agreed, that was a good showing

Im a "dont feel the need to describe it" and I got nailed in 7 moves by an 11 year old chess master
 
2014-01-25 01:17:10 AM  
I got burned out on chess years ago--never was that good, anyways, and now I find that strategic computer games like Civ and the old Warlords series are much more fun.  I'm also into maze solving and found this really hard railroad maze on the Internet...

www.lunatim.com
 
2014-01-25 01:58:27 AM  
p4p3rm4t3:
/ultimate chess problem. an opening that guarantees mate.
//unavoidable
///what do i win?


Be careful what you ask for.

There is a story about this, more or less.

I googled around and found one version, quoted below.

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Once during an international tournament, in which the most illustrious players in the world were participating, a strange looking fellow introduced himself to the great Cuban, who was no doubt expecting another plea for an autograph, and told him that he had solved chess.

You can imagine the look on Capablanca's face who immediately began to turn away just in case the man wasn't just crazy, but violent as well. Still, the strange insistent man then pulled a thousand dollars from his pocket and told Capablanca it would be his if he could avoid being mated in twelve moves. Well, crazy or not, a thousand dollars is a thousand dollars, so he accepted and obligingly followed the man to his room.

The game started simply enough, but after a couple of strange moves, as soon as move eight, the position began to look menacing, and to his absolute shock, Capablanca saw his King being mated on the twelfth move. His eyes were bulging, he couldn't believe it, and he insisted that they start over. This time he tried a completely different opening, one that could never lead to that same position, but just as before, after a few strange moves, with no possible counter, he found himself checkmated again.

Something was wrong, he must have made some very obvious mistake, but he couldn't see where, so he told the fellow to wait, and 20 minutes later he came back with both Lasker, and Alekhine. Lasker seemed dubious about the whole idea before the game began, and played a slow and very defensive opening, yet twelve moves later, in front of an equally incredulous Alekhine, he too saw his King surrounded.

"It was terrible, and embarrassing", Capablanca told his friend, but no matter what opening they tried, no matter what they did, they were always checkmated after twelve moves. What were they going to do? They were the best in the world and yet now it was all over: chess had been solved.

"But I never heard that chess was solved. What did you do? What happened?" his friend asked.

"Why we killed him, of course."
 
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