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Scott Tortorice

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Nov 18, 2003
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On Chess: Computers hardly a threat to game

Some grandmasters have lamented that computers take the creativity out of chess, but their concern for the future of the game is off the mark.

An excessive use of computers undeniably dulls a player's mind - especially if the reliance on computer analysis leaves no room for hardscrabble human inquiry.

The games of top players such as Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura vividly demonstrate that free-flowing, swashbuckling creative chess might thrive even more in the age of computers.

It is, however, no longer possible to hide behind time-tested lines of play based on years of personal exploration and expertise. Computer analysis usually can quickly tear to shreds even the best human preparation.

New opening ideas are still as precious as gold but not as enduring in value.

Chess reflects the protean nature of modern life. There are fewer and fewer certainties or time-proven truths. One must adapt, adapt anew and then adapt once again.