In collaboration with the Public Central Library’s “Digital Month” we have organised two lectures during the Max Euwe Tournament.
On Wednesday evening, 20:00-21:30, Jos Uiterwijk did talk on “Euwe and the development of computer chess”. Uiterwijk returned to the fifties of the previous century when the pioneers of Artificial Intelligence, like Turing and Shannon, published their first speculations on how a computer could play chess. He showed how in less than fifty years the computer has turned into a chess monster, beating the world champion in 1997. Present day chess computers have an ELO rating ranking above 3000, a strength of which chess players of flesh and blood can only dream. Max Euwe was very sceptical about how strong chess computers could become. He was very much interested in the development of computer chess, especially in the underlying mathematical
principles. Euwe was involved in the foundation of the Computer Chess Federation of The Netherlands. He challenged researchers to prove him wrong and
thus stimulated computer chess studies.
On Tuesday 15 November, 20:00-21:30, Hans Ree spoke on prof. Euwe and his importance for the chess world. The lecture concerned Euwe’s discussion with Botwinnik on chess computers, and how the both of them were wrong and the function of computers in modern chess both as an indispensable instrument for modern players but also as a source of potential fraud.