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As many of you have heard, the great GM Kasparov and his team last week used a new system of integrated computing with a cutting-edge, sophisticated "neural-networking" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neural_networks) approach to prove the superiority of the rarely-used 1. g4 opening.
According to the team, "The [g4] opening is displaying some incredible possibilities. After many sleepless nights and rigorous effort, the [Kasparov] team has finally ascertained the best opening move for White. Popular rivals, such as e4 - prey to the famous c5 Sicilian - and d4 are simply weaker in our cutting-edge analysis. Using a combination of Bayesian biased-estimates and the Gibbons-French (2008) approach to complex game theoretical analysis, we are able to calculate at an incredible, unprecedented rate of 12,000 move sequences per second. The integrated neural system allows us to view variant lines simultaneously, dramatically cutting down on computational time and energy."
The team goes on to detail the setup and the statistical results. They show the t-stats and p-values to prove the validity of the computation (all highly significant) and end up with a winning percentage of nearly 72% when playing the g4 opening correctly. In contrast, e4 only had a marginally significant (t-stat of about 2.4) winning rate of above 52%. Obviously, the implications of this are HUGE. I couldn't help myself, and just had to try the opening a few times. I played against the computer as well as live chess with unbelievable success, using their calculated lines which the team has graciously offered for free on their website.
It's unbelievable what the computing world has come to. What used to take months just a few years ago is now being done in days, if not hours. The Kasparov team is an excellent example of how the chess world will be influenced by technological leaders in the years to come.
On the subject of Black's potential responses to the new star, the team had this to say: "We believe Black's only true response to mitigate later threats consist of 1...b6 and perhaps the slightly worse 1...a5. These outside pawn moves serve as protectors of middle game forks which directly result from the extra space provided by g4. Black's best hope is to try for a draw, a task which our team will be covering in depth in the next few months."
Good luck players, and I wish Black the best of luck figuring out how to counter the new strategy! See you in Live!
!! Where is this website where all this has been posted?
Wow, g4, who would've thought! After all these years... Who said there was nothing new under the sun?
Surely everyone already knew that the only way to prevent utter humiliation as black is to respond to 1 g4 with 1..... resigns.
It was on http://www.kasparov.com/ but the site is under construction right now. I assume/hope they're updating more info and data.
I think I remember reading that some players are doing just that. Their only hope is that this will NOT be spread and thus white will go with the more traditional king's pawn or queen's pawn or even KIA openings. Given g4 and an excellent player, it seems to be hard to compete.
Good Call VergaBlanca.
...I've been had. Well done.
So is g4 now going to called the "Kasparov" opening?
I imagine so billy. we'll have to wait and see what develops.
Yeah, april fools. lol
wow, im going to try it out. thanks!!
bravo kasparov, for choosing one of my patented openings i have been espousing all this time. As a backup plan, I would recommed 1. h3, for an even more sophisticated attack.
Lovely thought but English IM Michael Basman has been playing it for at least 8 years.
And, Polish GM Michael Krasenkow has used it on move 4 in the Nimzo-English for years. You might also do a search under the name Keres just out of a sense of historical interest in russian chess.
Also known as the "Grob" and the "Spike" (for real).
I believe GM Sidd Finch has been espousing this opening move since 1985. His record while playing it was something like 168-0-0.
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