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Escaping checkmate: why human chess has survived the robot conquest

Computers can now easily beat grandmasters. But as the World Chess Championship approaches, fans still want to see flawed humans battling out. David Edmonds investigates why

By David Edmonds   November 2018

Endgame: fans watch Garry Kasparov with his head in his hands at the start of his final match against IBM’s Deep Blue in 1997. Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES, PAUL ZIMMERMAN/GETTY IMAGES

What is the difference between “almost” and “nearly”? What rules dictate the selection of one word in a sentence rather than the other? You’re unlikely to know. And yet if you’re a native English speaker, you’ll almost certainly (as opposed to “nearly certainly”) be able to use the two words correctly. You might say: “I am not nearly…

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