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Re: Will computers ever solve chess?
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:31:02 am »
To solve a game means learning which side will win if both sides play perfectly, or learning if both sides can force a draw. The solution should also define the strategy of doing so. If chess is solved and known to be a win for White (for example), then one who is in possession of the "solution" and plays from White, will always be able to win, regardless of the opponent. Strictly speaking, every game requires its own solution. If any rule or piece is altered, then the game may have a different solution.

Although chess is played on an 8x8 board (only 64 squares) solving the game would be a monumental task.

I believe the only thing that will be done with infinite chess and Trappist-1 is theoretical discussion if these games can even be solved, and what resources would be required (algorithms, time, and computer processing power). I'm sure no team or university will actually undertake the task, at least not in my lifetime. I'm usually not one to say something is impossible. Early astronomers once said that there will never be a way to determine the composition of stars. But today astronomers are doing that.

Solving any of these games may require things that we currently can't imagine at the moment. But maybe in the future there will be a way.:)
« Last Edit: April 23, 2018, 09:39:28 pm by chilipepper »
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