Computer gambit

July 2004
New Scientist;7/17/2004, Vol. 183 Issue 2456, p4
As the world's top players battled for the FIDE world chess title, the best chess-playing computers also faced off across the board at the Computer Chess World Championships in Israel. The winner was a particularly aggressive and daring program called Junior, which had won the title in 1997, 2001 and 2002. It claimed the crown by beating the defending champion, a program called Shredder. Junior is prone to making human-style blunders because, unlike other leading programs, it places less emphasis on the value of individual pieces than factors such as mobility and positional advantage, an approach known as "compensation."


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