SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina
I have already mentioned to my readers the great chess site of Natalia Pogonina, http://www.pogonina.com/
, which is in both Russian and English. Lots of interesting material and quickly becoming one of the best personal sites on the web.
Today there is a long interview with her. At one point the following was put to her:
Could you briefly outline the differences between Ilyumzhinov’s and Karpov’s elections programs?
Pogonina: I can relate to your concern. So far both candidates aren’t that good at answering the question themselves, although both of them promise to publish detailed election programs later on. Ideally, both of them should have already found time to get acquainted with their opponent’s program, participate in debates, offer commentary to the media. Spread white-papers with honest and succinct comparison of their platforms. Had it been the case, you wouldn’t have had to ask people who don’t belong to the candidates’ election teams what’s going on…
There is also a very interesting article on a Robot that can play chess very well and played against several players, including Arkady Dvorkovich. Here is the article:
Arkady Dvorkovich and grandmasters vs Chess Robot
A remarkable chess event has been held at the Dvorkovich Lounge, Moscow. A chess robot (developed by Women World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk’s father and first chess coach Konstantin) has been playing blitz against GM Igor Beridchevski, WGM Alina Kashlinskaya and Arkady Dvorkovich (Russian President’s Economical Advisor and Head of the Russian Chess Federation Supervisory Council) himself.
As you can see, the robot is quite skilled at moving the pieces, and also proficient in chess. The machine was set on medium mode, deprived of the opening book and databases and given just 5 minutes in total against three opponents. Arkady mentioned that still, given the handicap, it managed to obtain winning positions on all the boards (and lost only to him – on time). Soon we might witness a new type of Chess World Championship, the one where robots will be competing!