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How a chess grandmaster tried to outwit the computer

When artificial intelligence began beating the world’s greatest players, a chess grandmaster devised his own way to give human ingenuity an upper hand against the machine. The result, however, was not quite what he expected

By David Edmonds   December 2020

Thinking that chess had lost much of its spontaneity, American grandmaster Bobby Fischer developed his own variation of the game that is still played today

On Sunday 23rd July 1972, the American grandmaster Bobby Fischer made the first move of the sixth game in the world chess championship—shunting his pawn two squares up the board.

Nothing, in itself, was unusual about that. Pushing either of the middle “d” or “e” pawns two squares forward is the most common way to begin a game. But this…

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