(Berg) Is the game of chess starting to over-tax man’s natural abilities? Computers have already changed the way the game is played, and today only a handful of the world’s top grandmasters have a chance to win a match against the world’s leading chess programs. Tomorrow perhaps none will have a chance. Food for thought…while computers are revealing the depth of chess, we chess players are playing less well because we spend too much time infront of computers!
Former world champion Anatoly Karpov, in a recent interview (the first part was published the other day on chessbase), made an interesting observation regarding how the game has changed:
Question: What do they (today’s leading players-ed.) have over you? How are they better?
‘They have better knowledge. They sit at the computer several hours a day. I’m definitely do not. I play at the board. On the other hand if I come out of the opening without being in a situation where someone “caught” me, the position is still acceptable. Then I have problems with no one. Also, because the quality of the players has worsened. In the autumn, Carlsen and Anand were playing, and I came to the final. The FIDE Vice President Georgios Makropoulos came to me and said: “Judging by today’s games, even an out-of-shape Karpov would beat either of them…” ‘
My readers might also want to reviewwhat Lubomir Ljubojevic said several years ago, in an interview ,about how technology can be a double edged sword in the chess world.