Monday, September 12, 2016

[fnngupvi] Chess960 knight handicap

Consider a human versus computer chess tournament with the human getting an advantage of a knight.

Rybka vs. Meyer seemed to prove that a knight is too much of a handicap, but I still feel there is more that computers could do to learn to swindle.

To decrease the human's advantage, let it be initial position be chosen randomly among the Chess960 opening positions.  A human can no longer deeply prepare a single low-risk or anti-computer opening from the orthodox opening position.  Meanwhile, the computer, being not constrained by memory, can deeply prepare 960 openings (or 1920 if we randomize which knight is removed) designed to lead the human into tricky waters.

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