04 September 2015

How Stockfish Works

From TNG Technology Consulting GmbH.

How do modern chess engines work? (56:25) • 'Speaker: Daylen Yang, University of California at Berkeley'

The description tells us more about the speaker.

Daylen Yang joined Stockfish open source project in 2010. He is the developer of the Stockfish for Mac app and has played various roles for the project team. He is currently studying electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley and is interning at Facebook this summer.

Early in the clip, the speaker shows a slide that says, '1997 Deep Blue; Defeated Kasparov 3.5-2.5; Specialized hardware; Typical depth of 6-8, sometimes reached depth 20' where depth equals 'half-moves' i.e. ply. This sounds low to me and is worth double-checking.

All in all, the clip is perhaps too technical and the sound is problematic, but it outlines several topics for further investigation.

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