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Quote of the week: Former chess champion Garry Kasparov

From <em>The New York Review of Books:</em> The number of legal chess positions is 1040, the number of different possible games, 10120. A player looking eight moves ahead is already presented with ...

“The number of legal chess positions is 1040, the number of different possible games, 10120. A player looking eight moves ahead is already presented with as many possible games as there are stars in the galaxy. There are more possible chess games than the number of atoms in the universe. These comparisons impress upon the casual observer why brute-force computer calculation can’t solve this ancient board game. They are also handy, and I am not above doing this myself, for impressing people with how complicated chess is.”

Former chess champion Garry Kasparov in The New York Review of Books

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