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Game Changer

AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies

416 Seiten, kartoniert, New in Chess, 1. Auflage 2019.

22,50 €
inkl. 7% MwSt., zzgl. Versandkosten

It took AlphaZero only a few hours of self-learning to become the chess player that shocked the world. The artificial intelligence system, created by DeepMind, had been fed nothing but the rules of the Royal Game when it beat the world’s strongest chess engine in a prolonged match. The selection of ten games published in December 2017 created a worldwide sensation: how was it possible to play in such a brilliant and risky style and not lose a single game against an opponent of superhuman strength? For Game Changer , Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan investigated more than two thousand previously unpublished games by AlphaZero. They also had unparalleled access to its team of developers and were offered a unique look ‘under the bonnet’ to grasp the depth and breadth of AlphaZero’s search. Sadler and Regan reveal its thinking process and tell the story of the human motivation and the techniques that created AlphaZero.

Game Changer also presents a collection of lucidly explained chess games of astonishing quality. Both professionals and club players will improve their game by studying AlphaZero’s stunning discoveries in every field that matters: opening preparation, piece mobility, initiative, attacking techniques, long-term sacrifices and much more.

The story of AlphaZero has a wider impact. Game Changer offers intriguing insights into the opportunities and horizons of Artificial Intelligence. Not just in solving games, but in providing solutions for a wide variety of challenges in society.

With a foreword by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and an introduction by DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.

Matthew Sadler (1974) is a Grandmaster who twice won the British Championship and was awarded an individual Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympiad. He has authored several highly acclaimed books on chess and has been writing the famous ‘Sadler on Books’ column for New In Chess magazine for many years. Natasha Regan is a Women’s International Master from England who achieved a degree in mathematics from Cambridge University.Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan won the English Chess Federation 2016 Book of the Award for their book Chess for Life .


Sprache Englisch
Autor Regan, Natasha
Sadler, Matthew
Verlag New in Chess
Auflage 1.
Medium Buch
Gewicht 770 g
Breite 17 cm
Höhe 23,5 cm
Seiten 416
ISBN-13 9789056918187
Erscheinungsjahr 2019
Einband kartoniert


006 Explanation of symbols

007 Foreword by Garry Kasparov

011 Introduction by Demis Hassabis

016 Preface

019 Introduction

023 Part I AlphaZero’s history

024 Chapter 1 A quick tour of computer chess competition

033 Chapter 2 ZeroZeroZero

054 Chapter 3 Demis Hassabis, DeepMind and AI

067 Part II Inside the box

068 Chapter 4 How AlphaZero thinks

087 Chapter 5 AlphaZero’s style - meeting in the middle

131 Part III Themes in AlphaZero’s play

132 Chapter 6 Introduction to our selected AlphaZero themes

137 Chapter 7 Piece mobility: outposts

168 Chapter 8 Piece mobility: activity

208 Chapter 9 Attacking the king: the march of the rook’s pawn

235 Chapter 10 Attacking the king: colour complexes

276 Chapter 11 Attacking the king: sacrifices for time, space and damage

299 Chapter 12 Attacking the king: opposite-side castling

321 Chapter 13 Attacking the king: defence

351 Part IV AlphaZero’s opening choices

352 Chapter 14 AlphaZero’s opening repertoire

364 Chapter 15 The King’s Indian Sämisch

380 Chapter 16 The Carlsbad

399 Part V Conclusion

400 Chapter 17 Epilogue

406 Chapter 18 Technical note

409 Glossary

413 About the authors

414 Index of names

“Quite inspirational. I was thinking at several points during the game [in Round 11 of the 2019 Tata Steel Chess Tournament]: how would AlphaZero have approached this?"

Magnus Carlsen

“Chess has been shaken to its roots by AlphaZero."

Garry Kasparov

“Most unnerving was that AlphaZero seemed to express insight. It played like no computer ever has, intuitively and beautifully, with a romantic, attacking style."

Steven Strogatz, New York Times

“One of the most important chess books ever written."

Grandmaster Raymond Keene, The Spectator

“I absolutely love it. A fascinating read: provocative, inspiring, instructive and joyful. AlphaZero’s style is great fun, some of the things it is doing are incredible. This is just a great book."

Grandmaster Daniel King on his YouTube channel “Chess players will not only enjoy reading about this program and playing through the games (use a real chess set, please) but they will also obtain many new ideas to incorporate into their own game."

Carl Portman, author of ‘Chess Behind Bars’

“A fascinating read for players at all levels. Sadler and Regan have done an outstanding job (..) The most important learnings according to the authors are: the opening choices, new opening strategies where AlphaZero shows a clear plan and other engines are stuck at 0.00, a re-evaluation of compensation and the initiative and new attacking techniques and strategies around piece mobility."

US National Master Han Schut, on “I love Game Changer. This is a phenomenal book."

International Master John Bartholomew, on his YouTube Channel


Game Changer