How do chess engines think?
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How do chess engines think?

It’s rare to find a chess player unaccompanied by a chess-engine equipped computer during tournaments or training sessions at home. Gone are the days when in order to analyse a complicated position various grandmasters needed to spend hours and even days to try and get to the bottom of things – often without success. Nowadays it’s a matter of seconds for the “machine” to tell us the best move in any position more reliably than the World Champion Magnus Carlsen himself could manage.




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  • Reports May 14, 2017 | 8:37 AM 4

    TePe Sigeman, 4: Grandelius catches Jobava

    Swedish no. 1 Nils Grandelius beat his compatriot Erik Blomqvist to join Baadur Jobava in the lead with just Sunday’s final round of the TePe Sigeman & Co. Chess Tournament remaining. The game of the day was a first win for P...

  • Reports May 13, 2017 | 11:29 AM 4

    TePe Sigeman, 3: Blunders & missed wins

    Erik Blomqvist pounced on a blunder by Harika Dronavalli to join Baadur Jobava in the lead as the TePe Sigeman & Co. Chess Tournament in Malmö crossed the halfway mark. Elsewhere a Sicilian thriller between Pavel Eljanov and ...

  • Reports May 13, 2017 | 2:18 AM 4

    Asian Champs 1: Wei Yi shines as rivals struggle

    Yu Yangyi, Adhiban and Vidit were all held to draws on Day 1 of the 2017 Asian Championship, with 22-year-old Indian star Vidit coming within a whisker of defeat. In the women’s section 4th seed Padmini Rout did lose, to her 220-...

  • Reports May 12, 2017 | 8:57 AM 3

    Jobava stops Short, leads TePe Sigeman

    The newly revived TePe Sigeman Tournament started with two very entertaining rounds. Nigel Short got off to a good start with a win over Erik Blomqvist, but went on to lose against second seed Baadur Jobava in Round 2. Blomqvist, me...

  • Reports May 9, 2017 | 6:47 PM 2

    Russian Teams 5-6: Giri wins as Siberia take title

    Vladimir Kramnik and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov were rested as Anish Giri led Siberia-Sirius to victory in the 2017 Russian Team Championship. The favourites did it with a round to spare after 5:1 wins against two weaker teams, with A...

  • Reports May 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM 12

    Russian Teams 3-4: Mamedyarov on fire

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is up 20 rating points to world no. 7 after his three wins in three for Siberia-Sirius propelled the Russian Team Championship favourites to the only 100% score after four rounds. It looks unlikely anyone ca...

  • General May 4, 2017 | 4:24 PM 5

    Sigeman returns after 3 year hiatus

    Even long-established tournaments sometimes vanish, and that's what appeared to have happened to the Sigeman Chess Tournament in Sweden, which last took place in 2014 after more than 20 years as a fixture on the chess calendar. But ...

  • Reports May 3, 2017 | 6:10 PM 0

    Russian Teams 1-2: From Shamkir to Sochi

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Vladimir Kramnik had barely finished the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir when they headed to Sochi for the Russian Team Championship. In Round 2 Shak beat the reigning Russian Champion while Vlad was held t...

  • Reports May 1, 2017 | 10:08 AM 24

    Shamkir 9: Shak triumphs, Kramnik snatches 2nd

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov retained his Gashimov Memorial title after an anticlimactic final round in Shamkir. His game against Veselin Topalov raced to a draw, meaning only Wesley So could force a playoff if he beat Harikrishna with ...

  • Reports Apr 30, 2017 | 7:43 AM 5

    Shamkir 7-8: Mamedyarov rocked by Wojtaszek

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov stumbled into a ferocious attack from Radek Wojtaszek in the penultimate round of Shamkir Chess 2017, but even after that loss he still leads by half a point going into the final round. He has the white piec...

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