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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

World Chess Fed denotes 2011 'Year of Mikhail Botvinnik'

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Hello Everyone,

The FIDE has decided to commemorate 2011 as the Year of Mikhail Botvinnik. In August, this year, we would celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the great chess champion. Mikhail Botvinnik was World Champion from 1948-1957, 1958-1960 and 1961-1963.



Working as an electrical engineer at the same time, he was one of the very few famous chess players who achieved distinction in another career while playing top-class competitive chess. He also developed a chess-playing algorithm that tried to "think" like a top human player, but this approach has been superseded by a brute-force search strategy that exploits the rapid increase in the calculation speed of modern computers.

Here's a nice video from Youtube.


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  • At January 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM , Blogger Egoist Paul said...

    I'd like to know what algorithms he had developed. I've been thinking about doing something like that years ago because I discovered that brute-force search is an inefficient algorithm and theorized that it might be more efficient to calculate moves with matrix manipulation, vectors, or something similar.

     
  • At January 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernando, Madrid said...

    Kasparov's teacher right? Interesting.

     

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