There has just been a revolutionary development in the worlds of AI, and chess.
Google’s AI project DeepMind are on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be taught how. A little over a year ago, DeepMind released AlphaGo, which sensationally defeated the world champion of the famously CPU unfriendly ancient Chinese game, GO.
Now their AlphaZero program has kicked up a storm in the chess world. It obliterated Stockfish 8 in a closed-door, 100-game match with 28 wins, 72 draws, and zero losses. Stockfish is the go to chess engine for most top players today, and is generally regarded as the strongest chess playing engine in the world.