Garry Kasparov joined the podcast host Tyler Cowen for the latter’s program/podcast called Conversations with Tyler. In that episode, Kasparov discussed his views and opinions about AI (Artificial Intelligence), chess, and the future of creativity.
Towards the end of the interview, Cowen asked Kasparov who he thinks will be the most likely next challenger to the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen.
Kasparov ranked them in the following order:
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This NPR article entitled, “20 Years Later, Humans Still No Match For Computers On The Chessboard“, describes best the playing style of computers vs. humans:
“And in those borderline cases when it’s not obvious that you have to retreat, chess players tend to not like to retreat,” Polgar says. “Let’s say you move a knight forward towards your opponent’s king, attacking. Unless you absolutely have to retreat, you rather try to follow up that attack by bringing more pieces to attack your opponent’s king.”
Computers display no such stubbornness. “A computer, if it calculates that the best move is to retreat, it has absolutely no psychological boundaries holding it back from retreating,” Polgar says.
Karjakin: “If Carlsen wants to beat me he needs to show the best play of his life”
Personally, though, Sergey Karjakin may not be the most favorite challenger to match-up with Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship this year, but I think this will be the most followed World Championship match ever.
With her mother as her inspiration, she says she will be aiming for the GM title next year and the World Championship cycle in 2018.
“I feel I can do it,” says Janelle, who idolizes Hungarian GM Judith Polgar, the greatest woman player of all time.
Wesley So came in as 2nd seed at the start of Chess.com’s Isle of Man International Chess Tournament 2016 (Masters category), with an ELO rating of 2794. Throughout the duration of the tournament, he played 9 rounds against players with an average rating of 2709. He tallied 4 wins and 5 draws, for a score of 6.5 points, a performance rating of 2767 — below his current rating.
The table below summarizes the opponents and results of Wesley So’s games in Isle of Man 2016:
|1||Brunello, Marina||2382||So, Wesley||2794||0-1|
|2||So, Wesley||2794||Harika, Dronavalli||2528||1/2-1/2|
|3||So, Wesley||2794||Merry, Alan B||2388||1-0|
|4||Granda Zuniga, Julio E||2648||So, Wesley||2794||0-1|
|5||So, Wesley||2794||Rodshtein, Maxim||2687||1/2-1/2|
|6||Bok, Benjamin||2594||So, Wesley||2794||1/2-1/2|
|7||So, Wesley||2794||Salem, A.R. Saleh||2650||1-0|
|8||Nakamura, Hikaru||2787||So, Wesley||2794||1/2-1/2|
|9||So, Wesley||2794||Eljanov, Pavel||2741||1/2-1/2|
Nevertheless, a few changes happened since last month. Vladimir Kramnik retakes the 2nd place from Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Wesley So overtakes Hikaru Nakamura at the 6th place in the October ratings update.
Anish Giri may have earned 1 rating point, but Pentala Harikrishna and Ding Liren gained 10 points and 11 points, respectively, to overtake him in the ranking. Thus, Giri slid down from 12th to 14th place.
Listed below are the top 20 players as of the October 2016 update:
Check out the top 100 list in the October 2016 update.
Another strong tournament is happening beginning this weekend. It is still strong, with an average rating of 2760, despite the absence of the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, and the Americans (you know who).
See line up in the press release below:
Chess24 had a great interview with the Rapport couple. Richard Rapport (ELO 2752) played Board 1 for Hungary Open team, while his wife Jovana is a WGM (ELO 2318) and also played Board 1 for Serbia Women’s team, in Baku 2016 Chess Olympiad.
I think they’re a great chess couple:
And I wonder what Mr. Sinquefield has to say about bringing the Rapports to the U.S.?