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So sick of all the computer-backed experts

Feb 21, 2009, 10:37 AM 4

Just watching the Kamsky-Topalov match at the moment on playchess, and all the commentary I can see in the kibitzers' window is people arguing between themselves about what their computers tell them about the game, stuff like "my Rybka says that move A was half a pawn better than move B" versus "but I am running my engine on a Toga II processor and the line it recommends is :(and then a sequence of 10 computer moves from each side)". Nobody seems to be willing to flex their own brain trying to UNDERSTAND what is happening on the board.  They don't talk about the specifics of the position, strategical or tactical possibilities that may arise, only the evals they get from their engines. Good thing is that at least the players at the board are the ones involved in THINKING.

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