Chess Sets of the future
In the turn of the 19th century, a rare exhibit found its way to the British Museum; Something whose origin is still shroud in mystery and only a glimpse of it is still widely acknowledged. The Lewis Chess Men is a collection of chess pieces made using Walrus Ivory and carved in the most elegant manner from the 12th century. For a person passionate about Chess, the discovery is an amusement as well as a lesson in History. Chess has evolved over several centuries to what it is today. Compare the Lewis Chessmen with the pieces of Shatranj ( an ancient form of Chess played in the Persian empire) and the fact is quite conspicuous – Chess has been evolving, is evolving and will evolve.
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Online Chess has bridged the gap between distance and availability. Now anyone can play with any level of players through the internet. But how should one approach it to make the best use of it?
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How to teach Chess to children? Teaching Chess to little kids can be tricky. People who tried teaching their six or seven-year-olds will know how the experience can either be a cherishable memory or a slow torture you somehow want to survive, especially with a group of naughty kids. The way the pendulum swings depends on how much you understand them and your approach towards the teaching.
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If Kasparov had challenged IBM’s Deep Blue to a kickboxing match, I’m sure he would have been more content. Chess and its logic fit a computer’s capacity like a glove. It calculates millions of positions and plays the best move. As technology evolves, the algorithms behind computer decision-making also evolve. Alpha Go, Google’s neural network-based chess computer would have crushed Kasparov more cunningly than Deep Blue, which is not even as strong as Stock Fish engine running on a typical commercial laptop.
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