game changer - Sadler & Regan
ECF Book of the Year 2019!
AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI
The story behind the self-learning artificial intelligence system with its stunning chess skills.
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For Game Changer, Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan investigated more than two thousand previously unpublished games by AlphaZero.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.
“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?”
“Chess has been shaken to its roots by AlphaZero.”
Grandmaster Daniel King on his YouTube channel:
“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.”