Chess computers have been around for a while, but they have gotten progressively better, faster, smarter, and more capable as the years have gone on and technology has progressed. You are able to play Chess against the computer, scale up its difficulty, or even play against people online. And now with smartphones like the iPhone and Android devices, you can play via your cellphone over your cellar network against other players. Some people argue that technology is ruining chess, but others argue that it is helping.
I am not here to argue, however, only to inform you about chess computers. As I said, they have become very affordable and accessible, and some Operating Systems like Windows even come with a Chess Game for free. The difficulty and intelligence of the AI (the Artificial Intelligence, the computer playing against you) depends on the program/game you are using, but for the most part, there should be a setting hard enough to be able to beat you mercilessly to a pulp, even if you’re a grandmaster or an expert at the game. Garry Kasparov, a world champion for many months and easily the greatest Chess player to have ever lived, lost against a computer named Deep Blue which was devised by IBM in 1997. Although, the computer was much more powerful than typical home computers at the time, and was considered a super-computer, it’s power is now matched by regular desktops and laptops of our time. The right program that is developed well enough can beat even the best Chess masters. And as time goes on, chess computers and AI will only get smarter, but will human Chess players? That is a question that will only be answered with waiting and time.
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