Chess as Science

I think it’s safe to say that computers (and software) have chess down to a science. That is an expression that means computers are really good t chess (now).

But what is the definition of a science? The definition of science is that you record all pertinent data, and usually you can reproduce those results in a lab and you can make observations and statements about those results, the law of gravity is a science because here on Earth anyone can observe gravity and make statements concerning gravity. For one it makes things fall down to the Earth!!! But this isn’t too important to my topic.

Chess is like a science!! We have names for openings, endgames, opening traps, checkmates, we call a bad move a mistake, a really bad move is called a blunder, a tiny mistake is called an innaccuracy, we have good moves and excellent moves.

The fried liver attack!!

We now know with the aid of computers that the fried liver attack, has a few bad moves from both sides, but it’s the positions that have a few mistakes that make for the most interesting and beautiful.

There are mating traps with names, like “Scholars mate” and “fools mate” .. here:

KPK – King vs Pawn and King endgame

With the board down to 2 kings and 1 pawn there are still ways to draw if you get the right positions, but there is still possibilities to win with the side with a pawn.


In the first 10 moves there are billions upon billions of possible continuations and openings possible!!In those 10 moves there are still billions of billions of logical continuations possible, even pawn gambits and sometimes piece gambits are logical and playable!!


Chess facts:

“Anything is playable” Hikaru Nakamura

[Event “13th Sigeman & Co”]
[Site “Copenhagen/Malmoe DEN”]
[Date “2005.04.22”]
[EventDate “2005.04.15”]
[Round “7”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Hikaru Nakamura”]
[Black “Krishnan Sasikiran”]
[ECO “C20”]
[WhiteElo “2657”]
[BlackElo “2642”]
[PlyCount “174”]

1. e4 e5 2. Qh5??!

In a Grandmaster/International Master level game Hikaru played Qh5 on the second move in the King’s Pawn Game opening against Krishnan Sasikiran, and went on to win the game as well, proving that anything is playable. Now masters always teach their students “Don’t bring out your queen too early in a chess game”, however there are exceptions to this rule, it is not usually found in IM and GM play. Not only does it break those hidden opening rules that you shall not break, it’s rude and the opponent isn’t prepared for outright craziness in the second move in chess, so it may win psychologically.

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