By David Levy, Monroe Newborn (auth.)
For a while now, i've got felt that the time is true to jot down a booklet approximately desktop Chess. Ever because the first makes an attempt at chess professional gramming have been made, a few twenty 5 years in the past, curiosity within the topic ha"s grown from yr to yr. in the course of the past due Nineteen Fifties the topic used to be first dropped at the eye of the general public via a piece of writing in Scient(fic American, and no more than a decade later a chess software was once competing in a match with people. extra lately, there were tournaments within which the one individuals have been desktop courses. and whilst the 1st international machine Championship used to be held in Stockholm in 1974 the development used to be a superb good fortune. Laymen frequently doubt the price of making an investment in an issue so esoteric as machine chess, yet there's certainly enormous profit to be received from a research of the automisation of chess and different highbrow video games. If it proves attainable to play such video games good via desktop, then the thoughts hired to examine and determine destiny positions in those video games can also be beneficial in different difficulties in long-range making plans. i've got attempted to make this booklet either fascinating and instructive. those that comprehend something in any respect approximately chess yet who've no wisdom of desktops, may be in a position to persist with my description of the way desktops play chess. people with a data of either components will nonetheless locate a lot to curiosity them.
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Although many beginners' books assess these two pieces as being of equal or nearly equal value, it is well known that the value of each depends on the type of position in which it finds itself. A bishop, How Computers Play Chess 29 in a closed position with an obstructive pawn chain, is often worth far less than a knight which might be able to roam in and out of the pawn structure or to transfer quickly from one area of the board to another. On an open board. however. the bishop is nearly always superior and the reason is easy to understand-from any square on an empty board a bishop can make many more moves than a knight; the ratio varies from 13: 8 in the centre of the board to 7: 2 on a corner square.
The game played between Turing's hand simulation and a weak human opponent is given below. White: 'Program' Black: Human Manchester 1951 1 2 3 4 P-K4 N-QB3 P-Q4 N-B3 P-K4 N-KB3 B-Ns P-Q3 5 B-Q2 N-B3 6 P-Qs N-Qs 7 P-KR4 Strangely enough, even though such moves would be almost unthinkable in a game between reasonable human players, they are not uncommon in computer The Early History of Computer Chess games. The reason is not hard to find. The program's positional 'judgement', is governed by its evaluation function which, in turn is designed to incorporate varIOUS chess rules-of-thumb (called heuristics in computer jargon).
Three other moves also increase SOMA's score by 8 points: 1 P-K4. 1 N-KB3 and 1 NQB3. In such cases, where there is a tie, the move is chosen at random from those with the maximum score. 1 P-K4 N-QB3 2 P-Q4 P-Q4 3 N-QB3 4 N-B3 P-K5 5 N-K5 B-QN5 6 NxN PXN 7 B-Q2 N-B3 B-Q3 8 P-QR4 9 P-KR4 White's last two moves have increased the mobility of his rooks! 9 B-KN5 lO B-K2 Q-Q2 11 0-0 0-0-0 12 P-B3 B-KB4 13 pxp BxP 14 B-RO+ K-Nl 15 NxB NxN 16 Q-K2 SOMA is only a one move analyser and so it does not see ...
All About Chess and Computers: Chess and Computers and More Chess and Computers by David Levy, Monroe Newborn (auth.)