Saturday, 8 November 2008

Chess Quote - Albert Einstein

"Chess holds its master in its own bonds, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer."

- Albert Einstein (18791955)

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Comic Chess - Chess For Witches (by Caroline Parkinson)

Chess For Witches
This a cartoon about a game of online chess,
featuring a female protagonist, by artist Caroline Parkinson. It is currently being shown (here) as a webcomic on Factor Fiction (the online home of the girly comic).

Tags: Caroline Parkinson - Chess - Comic - Witch
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Musical Chess - Chess - Rivers Cuomo Cover

This is a youtube cover of the Rivers Cuomo (band member of Weezer) song - Chess.

Chess by Rivers Cuomo (Lyrics):
chess is such a difficult game
there are so many pieces
so many squares where you can go
so few promises
never you mind all the others
anticipating your next move
i know it's hard cause you got a lot to do
street signs and traffic lights ever confusing me it's you
stop left, go right, no U-turn, where's the goddamn exit
never you mind all the others
influencing your next move
i know it's hard cause you got a lot to prove
sex and drugs and rock n' roll
pieces are rocking for you
this puzzle can't be done wrong
so cover 'em while you can
never you mind all the others
aniticipating your next move
never you mind all the others
never you mind what they do
don't let them get you down cause it's there too
you'll be trapped forever under their shoe
here is the paper so go
i know it's hard cause you got a lot to do
fa la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la~

Tags: Chess - Musical Chess - Rivers Cuomo - Weezer
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Karpov, Anand & Computers

Karpov has recently made comments about Anand's current playing style being more computer-like (allegedly). This has been discussed at the excellent chessblog by Susan Polgar (and specific article link). The most useful comment for me was that by KWRegan which I enclose below.
KWRegan said...

"Judging creativity is hard to do without being subjective. The closest I see how to do objectively is to measure setting problems for one's opponent.

Sullivan's study (comment #4 by alchessimist) includes a measure of "complexity", and scales the raw deviations from Rybka+Crafty's best move down in complex positions. I have been developing a more-detailed model that (when finally tuned) will compute expected deviations for both the featured players and their opponents. The higher the latter, the more problems set for the opponent. My model requires taking data for (at least) the top ten moves in every position, so my engine---a special private version of Toga II which I know has not been regressed against GM games---needs to run far longer per move to reach depth 18 as in Sullivan's study.

Thus a "dynamic" player with a higher error rate may benefit if he/she also created a higher expected rate for the opponent. It will be interesting to see whether this work restores the likes of Tal and Alekhine (at their peaks) to the parity their over-the-board reputations would suggest. Alternatively, it may reveal that "positional" players are also the cagiest."
I have previously blogged (here) about Sullivan's excellent research (link) and very much look forward to seeing the results of Regan's analysis. The idea of analysing the effects of dynamic play, as measured by problems set for an opponent, is an interesting one. Dynamic play is likely to increase the effect of performance psychology, time pressure, and possibly the Einstellung (set) effect. To me, dynamic play is what makes chess a sport.

Tags: Anand - Computers - Creativity - Karpov - Sullivan
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