30 November 2018

An AI/NN Blockbuster

Last week's AI/NN post, A Conversation with Demis Hassabis, quoted Deepmind's CEO saying, 'We had a couple of very strong chess players come in and look at the [AlphaZero] games and help us analyze them.' This week we learned the likely identity of one of those strong players -- Matthew Sadler -- who applied AlphaZero's analysis to the first eight games of the 2018 Carlsen - Caruana match, which finished two days ago. Here is the longest of the three videos that Sadler produced on the match.

DeepMind's AlphaZero on Carlsen-Caruana Games 1, 3, 5 & 8; Sicilian Defence (36:28) • 'Published on Nov 24, 2018'

The description starts,

Two-time British Chess Champion Matthew Sadler uses DeepMind's AlphaZero to analyse Games 1, 3, 5 & 8 (the Sicilian Defence) of the 2018 World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana.

The two other videos are also on Youtube:-

The three videos copy the remainder of the description:-

Matthew analysed the games together with Women's International Master Natasha Regan, his co-author for an upcoming book on Alpha Zero’s approach to chess: Game Changer. Chess24 is working with Matthew and Natasha to share World Championship game insights from AlphaZero with the chess community. We’re happy to have the opportunity to share this during one of the most exciting points in the year for all chess fans. With thanks to DeepMind for their support.

More about the book ('Expected January 2019') can be found at Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI (newinchess.com; 'The story behind the self-learning artificial intelligence system with its stunning chess skills'). The book is almost guaranteed to be a blockbuster of a chess book.

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