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How to play with a computer

This article is primarily addressed to all those who are ready to give up home comfort, part with peace and sound sleep and fork out for online chess battles. For those who are ready to sit in the “shabby saddle” of their “iron” Rosenant with an unknown number of processors, spur him with a wild cry, which hardly recognizes the ancient battle cry, like “Hurray”, “Banzai”, “Santiago”, so that rush again in search of adventure, truth and come together in an endless duel with evil. Today, our evil will be a computer, or rather, not a computer, but chess programs – these “malicious” simulators of a great chess game.

Once upon a time, according to Marx, “work was made of a man from a monkey”, and much later, a man invented a computer. And so that this outlandish electronic animal does not get bored and climb over the fruits from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, man taught him to play chess. And everything would be fine in the relationship between creation (or rather, creature, it was created) and its creator, if not for one problem. This damn piece of iron began to play a wise game too well! More and more often in our “protein processors” the question arises: “How to beat this damned piece of iron?”, And next you hear an echo: “How to beat a lousy playing a chess program against you?” In this article you will find some thoughts, hints and tips that can help you in fights with electronic monsters and monsters, without using a sledgehammer or hammer.

Let’s start with the most important thing – there is no universal way to defeat a computer program, there is simply no guaranteed recipe for victory! This must be immediately recognized and accepted. Of course, this thought is scary, but, as Ilya Muromets said, chopping down Gorynych’s head “And Koschey the Immortal is mortal, the main thing is to break his egg”. You play chess, and the program plays chess. The winner is the one who plays better. Everything is very simple: in order to defeat a program, you need to be able to play chess better than it! Speaking even easier, to beat a computer, you need to improve your game. But in our time, many programs already play very hard, and learning how to play them even better can be very problematic, and sometimes simply impossible, not all of us are Kramniki and Kasparov.

Of course, this is not so scary, it’s even great on the other hand. What is the point of playing against the program that you constantly beat, where is the pleasure of the game? Such a “loser machine” is better not to include at all! And so, the die is cast, the fists itch, you are torn into battle with the “tin can.” It’s time to show who the king of nature is within your community! Where to begin? Let’s start by exploring the strengths of chess programs.

Strengths of Computer Programs
Any program that you have to face in a chess duel has four main advantages compared to people:
A computer is an ordinary machine, and like any machine, it is not subject to fatigue, mood swings and other manifestations of human emotionality. He doesn’t care – day or night in your yard, it pours rain or the sun burns you. His teeth do not hurt, he does not know what a migraine is. He always plays 100% of the possibilities laid down in him.
The computer contains a huge database, electronic libraries, etc., i.e. a priori, he has more information resources than the “protein” chess player.
The computer is a great tactic because his strongest side has always been the accurate calculation of any options.
This soulless piece of iron never forgives mistakes!
How to deal with this? Let’s start in order
Do not play chess against the computer if you are not in the optimal physical and emotional state. “It is better to sit in church in the service and think about God than to stand all the time and think about your sore feet,” wise monks said at one time. Do not engage in a battle tired, hungry, irritated, etc., when your thoughts are very far from the game.
On any database you can create your own even more powerful and deep, of course it requires a lot of work, which is not always necessary and convenient for amateur chess. In the end, the database is created by the same people as everyone else, which means they have their own shortcomings. You can offer the computer a fight on its territory and lure it into its well-thought-out schemes and set theoretical traps.
Many programs see and calculate tactical options almost perfectly. If you want to prevail over such software, then you just need to avoid complications and game-confusing moves and options, you must adhere to your chosen strategy and not get into tactical storms with your computer, you’ll drown faster in them.
The comp killer does not forgive not just mistakes, but even mistakes. Therefore, in a difficult battle, one must be as objective and rational as possible. If you can just bluff while playing with a person, then this number will not work with software, the only way to success is to play at the maximum of your capabilities.
The most important thing to keep in mind is do not avoid the strengths of the computer.

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