Monday 13 December 2021

Engine accurate?

One of the hot takes from the 2021 World Championship Match is that Carlsen's natural ability overcame engine prep from Nepo. Given the relatively low error rate from both players early in the match, I'm not convinced that this is true, although it is fair to say that Carlsen obviously did better when it wasn't just prep v prep.

Looking back at a number of older (pre engine) games is that their are often errors in analysis. The main reason for this seems to be that a lot of strong moves are overlooked at the top of the tree, either because it isn't part of an existing plan, or the assumption that the opponent is restricted to one or two choices. However, there are a number of examples where human analysis holds up against engine analysis, including the following game which I found in The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal.

Ravinsky,Grigory Ionovich - Ilivitzki,Georgi A [B93]
URS ch sf Riga (6), 1952

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