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Saturday 21 November 2015

how chess works

How chess games work

People have always wondered, “How to play like a grandmaster?” But when the question is “How to get into IIT?” the simple answer known to everyone is study hard and solve all problems; also make sure you solve them on time during the exam. But when it comes to chess, I found it really hard to come up with “what do players actually do to win the game?” Or what causes a grandmaster to play better than anyone? If the question is about IIT-JEE, the simple answer would be, “Just know them all, and solve problems on time”. Nevertheless when it comes to chess, it is quite hard to determine how a good chess game should be played.

Chess is a battle, where you mustn’t make mistakes. You might already know that any standard chess engine running on an ordinary machine would easily defeat the world’s top grandmasters. If you have tried playing with one such chess engines, you would think “Fine, that’s obvious. The computer is unimaginably strong. Beating it is impossible”. Not so soon; if a super grandmaster plays ten games with the computer, he is bound to lose most of them. But not all of them! This clearly shows that not all chess games played by a computer is unbeatable. If you are someone (like me) who have tried to improve your chess by trying the beat the engine, but failed unbelievably but finally managed to bring the game to a draw, after several “reverse moves” and finally realised that you have mistakenly set a lesser “fixed search depth” value; and badly want to know how chess works. You have come to the right place.

So what is so different about chess grandmasters? Or perhaps, any strong player (especially if you have got the awesome opportunity of playing chess with a chess grandmaster, being an ordinary player). Let me tell you the secret. You need to always make sure that you do the following each time you play:

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