When it comes to chess, chess engines such as Houdini and Fire are much more smarter than any human mind. The latest version of Houdini 5 has a standard rating of 3373 and believe it or not, the most brilliant chess player of the world, Magnus Carlsen, has a rating of just 2882. This simple fact is enough to explain how developed the world of chess engines has become and how this development has created new opportunities for human chess players. Personally, I find playing chess against an engine to be much more difficult, yet interesting at the same time. Playing against an engine can help any individual develop skills that might seem difficult for others. Today, I have listed the advantages of the development of chess engines and have mentioned why they are so important for the overall improvement of a chess player.
The most important benefit of playing against a chess engine is that it will help players explore their creativity in the board. Chess engines are very challenging and in order to win against them, players must be able to concentrate and focus towards building pieces in the most appropriate way possible. Since, it requires a lot of practice to be able to do that, chess players who frequently use a chess engine are very creative when it comes to putting their pieces at proper positions.
Artificial Intelligence in chess engines are known for calculating possible outcomes of various chess moves at a faster rate than any human being. They can analyze many outcomes and they do that by referring to historical chess strategies stored in their memory. Humans, on the other hand, cannot perform such calculations. Many Grand Masters do refer to their experience to make the best possible moves but humans are also equipped with instincts that are pretty difficult for computers to develop. Because of this reason, it is always a good idea to play against a computer, as it will help sharpen your chess instincts.
A chess game in between two chess engines is always informative for a chess player. A chess player can learn new openings, endgame and mid-game strategies. Similarly, chess engines are much more powerful and smart than any other ordinary human and as a result, watching two chess engines play can give people new ideas regarding how they should attack, defend and play important pieces.
The development of chess engines has also been closely linked with the development of artificial intelligence. When Deep Blue defeated Gary Kasperov, people were already very enthusiastic about the possibilities artificial intelligence had in store for them. People had started to speculate on how the future of the world would look like with well-developed artificial intelligence. IBM’s Deep Blue also encouraged many investors to invest their money for the research on the development of Artificial Intelligence. Some scholars even consider the game of chess to be very important when it comes to studying about artificial intelligence.
To conclude, the development of chess engines, super computers and artificial intelligence has done a lot of good for chess players from all around the world. Chess has made players more competitive, well informed and much detail oriented. However, we cannot rule out the possibility that super computers and chess engines might someday rule the game of chess rather than human beings. Even though such possibilities do exist, it would never be able to make the game of chess boring or uninteresting. Instead, super computers dominating the world of chess will make the game much more competetive, challenging and fun to watch. Hence, my prediction for the future of chess will always remain optimistic.