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Friday, August 13, 2010

Revisiting Sofia World Chess Championship

World Champion Vishy Anand with his team.

Hello Everyone,

We found this very nice annotation of World Champion Viswanathan Anand's games against Topalov from the recent World Championship. The annotation is by none other than Anand's second Grandmaster Radosław Wojtaszek.

Grandmaster Radosław Wojtaszek's interview and annotations appeared in a Polish magazine and have been very well translated here.

This could very well go down as folklore when future generations read our modern chess history: The ever-continuing debate of computers versus humans.

Wojtaszek’s writes:

It’s worth emphasising the fact that before and during the match we were assisted in our preparation by such wonderful chess players as Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik. That was a great help and demonstrates above all the great respect that Vishy enjoys in the chess world. Also encouraging is the fact that preparation based on human ideas turned out to be better than preparation based on the use of the BlueGene supercomputer. That enormously powerful computer, located in Bulgaria, was made available to the Topalov team by IBM."

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