Why AI Chess Bots Are Virtually Unbeatable (ft. GothamChess) | WIRED

“I got checkmated in 34 moves.” Levy Rozman a.k.a. GothamChess plays chess against Stockfish 16, the strongest chess computer in the world, and analyzes the way it thinks in order to apply it to his own gameplay. With help from computer chess software engineer Gary Linscott, these chess pros identify why Stockfish is virtually unbeatable by a human, from opening move to endgame.

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Director: Lisandro Perez-Rey
Director of Photography: Francis Bernal
Editor: Paul Isakson
Talent: Gary Linscott; Levy Rozman
Line Producer: Joseph Buscemi
Associate Producer: Paul Gulyas; Brandon White
Production Manager: D. Eric Martinez
Production Coordinator: Fernando Davila
Camera Operator: Brittany Berger
Gaffer: Mar Alfonso
Sound Mixer: Michael Guggino
Production Assistant: Albie Smith
Post Production Supervisor: Alexa Deutsch
Post Production Coordinator: Ian Bryant
Supervising Editor: Doug Larsen
Assistant Editor: Andy Morell

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120 Comments

  1. Why is this IM in every chess video when there are so many stronger and more insigthful players?

  2. That last statement is exactly why Kramnik thinks today's high ranking guys with long streaks are cheating. I don't think he understands they are learning how to be better with the help of AI when training and studying.

  3. No human would make an obvious blunder? Really Levy?

  4. “Only about 10-20 TB of data, which is manageable”
    Person prior to 2000: mindblown

  5. What I don’t understand is why would stockfish pick a different opening on another game?
    It has already assessed all possible structures for all the openings and it knows which one scores the best.
    In your game, after 1.d4 it responded with Nf3, but I’ve seen it respond with d5 too.

  6. My computer beat me at chess… But it didn't stand a chance at kickboxing.

  7. It lacks creativity. it can only mimic possible moves that seem to be effective. You can beat it. You just need to play in a new way.

  8. If anyone's wondering about the sound: Brendon Moeller – Low Impact.

  9. it can examine moves ahead but how does it expect you to think?

  10. Hope AI has enough processing power to analyze all chess moves combinations one day which is ~10⁴⁰ moves and then chess is solved with only 1 result always. 😃

  11. I mean, this is how chess computers have worked for decades. The only difference is Stockfish has the advantage of more processing power for faster lookups, cloud storage for more data, and machine learning tools to reduce the number of possibilities. It’s still basically using brute force, just like every other chess computer that came before it.

  12. So who wins if 2 Stockfish AIs play against each other?

  13. Hey. This was very interesting. Good stuff!

  14. This was pretty boring for someone that has very little knowledge of neural networks. It's not doing anything unique and every question was answered essentially by "its a neural network"

  15. Can you stop making video ft this scummy scammer.

  16. cool vid, though I feel a lot of the questions had the same answer. "Why doesn't Stockfish have biases" because it's a very powerful computer thinking very far ahead. "Why does it find weird moves that even good players wouldn't think of? "It's a very powerful computer thinking very far head."

  17. I just played against Stockfish, and I also survived 35 moves! So against Stockfish, Levy and I are on the same level. My elo is 1100.

  18. Either you can play two chess games the same or AI as presented is BS.

    What is it?

    Is chess the game that will never play the same way twice, or is AI not “magic” and chess just isn’t that amazing a strategy game?

    Or do chess players and people working in AI have a vested interest in not exploring that?

    I play chess for fun. That’s my horse in the game.

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