AlphaZero vs. Stockfish 8

OK, AlphaGo has morphed into AlphaZero, a self-learning neural net that is claimed to have trounced Stockfish 8, the current champ chess engine. There were 100 games between the two, ten of which were published in this paper: Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm (arxiv) Now, lots of sites have…

Visual Puzzle – 2017-09-25 – Button it up!

The question of PGN view controls has arisen over at <CG>, due to their recent change to their home-cooked Olga viewer (from the previous default of pgn4web). I went out and survey various viewers for comparative purposes, and being asked to share my notes, decided to “gin it up” a little as a visual puzzle.…

Visual Puzzle – 2017-09-12

This one is definitely for the more geeky among us, and explains why my recent burst of postings has dramatically slowed: The puzzle is to recognize the significance of the above “graphic”. Here’s another clue, showing where I’ve been hanging out a lot these last few days… (Click image to enlarge)