But why does Fisherandom hold such special appeal to programmers? Wired journo, Kevin Poulsen, tells us:
Because the placement of pieces is random, computers rely on lightning-fast processing, without retrieving archives of past moves from a database.I've never tried Fischerandom myself, yet it sounds quite exciting. Though I doubt if it will ever displace the regular version. Sydney's Jason Chan and Melbourne's Trevor Stanning are aficionados.
Conventional chess-playing programs, with their dreadful power to calculate moves deep into the future, still rely on a digital version of an opening book at the outset of each game. This is essentially a look-up table constructed by a specialist, dictating the correct move for two million or more unique positions.