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This post was published more than 15 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Stephen Moss asks in the Guardian…

Has chess had its chips thanks to computers?

As with most questions in newspaper headlines, the answer is ‘no’.

Computers can do a great many things better than humans. A well-equipped computer could almost certainly beat humans at any number of sports, and if we widen the problem to include machines as well as computers, then there’s barely a sport I can think of that humans are better at. The difference is, the development of computers that can rival the chess-playing ability of the human brain is something new. But it no more invalidates the game than motor cars invalidate marathons.

Chess will continue, and I’ll continue to be beaten, as humans try to out-do each other, even if computers are better than them. And to suggest otherwise is nothing more than a cry for attention and an attempt to get people to read an article. It worked.

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