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Calculation and the Chess Master

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: In 1912, J. B. Shaw wrote in the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society: "The game of chess has always fascinated mathematicians, and there is reason to suppose that the possession of great powers of playing that game is in many features very much like the possession of great mathematical ability.... One has only to increase the number of pieces, to enlarge the field of the board, and to produce new rules which are to govern the pieces or the player, to have a pretty good idea of what mathematics consists." Peterson here describes the first games between world chess champion Garry Kasparov and computer Deep Blue.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games, Articles
Math Topics: Number Theory

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