Sunday 19 April 2020

A bonkers computer game

I'm pretty sceptical when it is claimed that a whole opening has been refuted by a single game. I've seen this claim about the Scandinavian, as well as the Traxler. The latest opening that has supposedly been dealt a death blow is the Dutch Defence.
In a recent game between Leela Chess Zero (and open source version of Alpha Zero) and Stockfish, LC0 played a long term piece sacrifice in the Staunton Gambit, eventually trapped Black's Queen, and then ground out a win in a Q v 2R ending. Here is the full game, so feel free to make your own analysis and conclusions.

Lc0 - Stockfish [A83]
CCC13: Finals (15|5) (1), 13.04.2020

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