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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196 Comments

  1. Human: performs opening move

    Stockfish: “after considering half a billion possibilities in a million different realities, I will play knight to F6 🤓”

  2. If Caruana could find that combination(virtually impossible for a human) who knows if he could change Magnus and chess history

  3. Playing against stockfish is like playing against god.

  4. I wish you could have asked a bit more about how it's able to score a position. We know it looks at all the possibilities, but to assign a score of one position, it needs to look at the possibilities of that position and so on. When it finally hits its limit of depth (or time), how is it able to rank a position without going any deeper (afterwhich it can go back up the tree).

  5. i would rather watch people play chess, IA makes it boring since ultimately AI would win, not too fun.

  6. Wow. This Levi character should write a book… Or something.

  7. Uhm 12 million x30 = 360 million, that's not even half a billion. Dude can design advanced AI but can't do basic and I mean basic math. It's literally just (120×3)1000000

  8. So, stock fish is unbeatable. There's no way to defeat what is essentially an 18+ TB hash table for end game(7 pieces or less) because humans just can't see that far ahead in such little time.

  9. Cool video. We all know Levy knows what tablebase is but he’s a good sport. That’s crazy Fabi could have been world champion if he just trapped his knight.

  10. This is basically Gotham ft WIRED at this point

  11. What happens if stock fish went against itself

  12. idk why but the explanation of stockfish's 35 move win was so wild to me.

  13. Nice the software engineer side of the "theradbrad" the gaming youtuber.

  14. Computers don't "play" chess. They cross-check the board position to a database of hundreds of millions of other positions and select the best move. It would be like me playing with a hundred assistants reviewing games, analyzing positions, and telling me which move to select. That's called cheating, not playing.

  15. Levy pretending like he's never played against stockfish before for views.

  16. blah blah stockfish uses mostly bruteforce. not really that interesting.

  17. Im waiting for the day that chess engines figure out how to communicate there insane moves in details besides a giant table base where they found a winning sequence.

  18. Every answer to his questions were basically the same.
    Answer: Stockfish finds the best move.

  19. Humans don't even consider many of the possible moves, but sometimes one of those moves is the best. Some computer programs do that too ("forward pruning", not to be confused with "alpha-beta" pruning mentioned in the video) in order to search deeper elsewhere, but they end up making the same mistake that a human would. A computer program that doesn't forward-prune will find any win within its search depth.

  20. "Why Youtube titles are f*king obvious (ft. GothamChess)"

  21. Levy should have asked what is going on with Stockfish (and other engines) when in some theorical positions they declare it to be a draw, but we know that one of the sides is guarantied to win. Why can't the AI "see" the set of winning moves on those limited cases?

  22. Subtitles @ 0:40 – "It searches tens of millions of physicians per second." WELL THERE'S WHY IT'S SO POWERFUL. IT CHEATS PHYSICS.

  23. Is there any chance of seeing Alpha zero and stock fish battle again in 2024??

  24. I swore this was a Breaking Bad related video cause of the thumbnail

  25. Since it was not really clarified: The NNUE (neural net of stockfish) is actually not trained on human games.

  26. 0:16 so Levy just admitted that he is a robot and he's number one priority is to beat humans

  27. Gothams sarcasm is always on point. I love it.

  28. When they eventually solve chess entirely, then chess will be dead

  29. No wonder I can't win. I just am beyond uncomfortable playing people, so I hoped AI bots would be a fair solution. I'll have to set chess to the side with other multi-player games.

  30. So this is what we get if Gary Sinise and Daniel Radcliffe bumped uglies.

  31. Gotham is back!!!!! Awesome to see!

  32. Amazing episode! But I am so sorry to see that Levy actually lost a game of chess for the first time in his life! 😢 Darn thee androids! Stay strong bro

  33. Thanks again, Wired. More collabs in 2024? 👀

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