Regular readers of this blog will not be surprised to learn that I play chess.
I have a chess app on my mobile electronic device, which is rather fun. But it has a minor flaw. The computer’s endgame is far worse than its openings or middlegame, even on the highest difficulty setting. (My ill-informed guess is that the programmers have undervalued the pawn. But I don’t know enough either about chess or about programming to say for sure.)
Now secretly this is rather enjoyable. I get to have a challenging game and then, even if I’m a couple of pawns down as the board begins to clear, I know I’ll be able to win.
It’s not doing my game any good though. My matches against Deep Blue resemble the clash of two punishment battalions on the Eastern Front circa 1943: losses are not just inevitable but desirable, as long as…
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