Chess will never die as long as there are those that enjoy playing it.
this whole thread is bullshit. mathematicians have long estimated there are more possible chess positions than atoms in the universe. and so what if top GM's memorize lines to the first 10, 15 or 20 moves? okay, well there are still many moves left to be played in a typical game. computers have accelerated chess knowledge and made it possible for youngsters to become masters in far shorter time. but ruin the game??? hardly.
The average person can't even conceive of how complicated and "unsolvable" the game of Chess really is. Some of these same people think Poker is as complex as Chess. Basically, more power to us for identifying what the best game ever made was and is.