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anti-human chess

anti-human chess

Feb 27, 2014, 8:52 PM 1

When they play against computers, grandmasters adopt a style of play called anti-computer chess. This consists of avoiding all tactics and playing purely positionaly, in the hope that the computer cannot see far enough ahead to make the best moves. Magnus Carlsen seems to have employed an analogous technique when he played Anand for the world crown.

According to Jonathan Rowson, this includes, seeing complexity where others assume simplicity, developing exquisite timing for when to change the nature of the position, and navigating towards positions where there are no obvious moves. Carlsen, “That's really all I wanted to do in this match, make him sit at the board and play for a long time." In other words, Carlsen’s strategy was to put the pressure on Anand in the hope that this would cause errors, and this is exactly what happened.

Humans differ from computers in that humans (Carlsen included) make errors. Accordingly, I propose to dub Carlsen’s style of play as anti-human chess.

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