How Chess Engines Have Changed My Style: Part 1
Most of you guys know that I am now living in China and have been for over 3 years now.
In order to quench my thirst for chess (and due to the lack of tournaments here), I spend a lot of time training with engines, usually at a 25 5 time control.
I also run tournaments on my computer between interesting engines and force them to play openings that I am working on at any given time.
This is a lot of fun despite my still yearning to play in a real OTB tournament some time soon.
Over the December holidays a former chess student of mine came to visit me in China and spent two weeks with me during which time we enjoyed lots of blitz chess (click here to see footage from one of our blitz battles), bbq, good coffee and beer!
During this time and perhaps during one of our countless blitz games Jerry said to me "You seem much stronger now! Maybe 100 points!".
Jerry is a reasonably strong player (inactive, but somewhere between 1800 and 2000 ELO) but was losing most games in silly miniatures.
My last OTB tournament was in 2011, so surely I haven't improved by 100 points so what had convinced Jerry that I'd improved so much?
The rest of this article can be read here