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Subject: Re: Chess and Neural Networks

Author: Steve Maughan

Date: 10:30:05 01/27/99

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The problem with using NNs in chess is, as the old quote says, "chess is 99%
tactics".  This means that a knight on f6 or g6 may mean the difference between
+Checkmate and -Checkmate due to tactics, but to a NN it will only give a small
difference.  NN are better at finding positional elements and are therefore
extremely difficult to use in respect to chess.  If there were coupled to a
tactical engine they would perform better - but will be much slower at
evaluating a position, which in turn would slow down the tactical engine.

Othello is a game that may benefit from NN.

Steve Maughan

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