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Spectators in South Korea look on as AlphaGo takes on Go champion Lee Se-dol. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

AI has beaten us at Go. So what next for humanity?

A machine has bested us at yet another intellectually challenging game. It shows artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, but it doesn't mean humans are redundant quite yet.
The game could be as dangerous as the cigarettes. Alvert Barnes

How the stress of playing chess can be fatal

The death of a chess player in the middle of a match at the world’s most prestigious competition may have shocked those who view the game as a relaxing pastime. Kurt Meier, 67, collapsed during his final…
He is on a tour. artbystevejohnson

How to get ants to solve a chess problem

Take a set of chess pieces and throw them all away except for one knight. Place the knight on any one of the 64 squares of a chess board. Can you make 63 legal moves so that you visit every square on the…
Computers have changed the face of chess, and put Carlsen in a winning position. EPA/Stringer

How computers changed chess

For his precocity, newly crowned World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen was named “The Mozart of chess”. For his tenacity and comfort with long games he was dubbed “The Nadal of chess”. More prosaically…
If the World Chess Championship ends in a draw, the players go to rounds of fast chess. How does this differ to traditional chess? gadl

Think (quickly) outside the square – how is speed chess different?

After six games, the 12-game World Chess Championship Match is now led, 4 games to 2, by 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen. This is a very important advantage, but reigning champion Viswanathan Anand is no stranger…
Chess can be applied to maths education – you just have to think outside the box. practicalowl

A good move to master maths? Check out these chess puzzles

In the spirit of the current world championship bout between Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen and Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, we should seriously consider the role of chess in how young students…
If she wants to be a grandmaster one day, practice will only take her so far, according to new research. Joe Shlabotnik

Sorry, but practice alone does not make perfect

We’ve all heard it before (usually accompanied by repeating hours of music scales or sports drills over and over): Practice makes perfect. But your music teachers and sports coaches were wrong - well…

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