We already know that computers can beat pretty much any grandmasters out there when it comes to chess. Armed with databases filled with every major chess game in the history of the world and capable of calculating millions of possible move combinations per second, computers like IBM’s Deep Blue have proven capable of trouncing even the best human playersâ€¦ provided they have enough time to crunch through the nearly infinite possibilities implicit in every chess move.
Where computers fall apart, though, is when you make them play chess quickly. In fact, when you play a computer in chess on your home PC, the easier levels are usually programmed by giving the computer just a fraction of the time it wants to calculate the wisdom of any given mode.
That’s why the Chess Terminator is such an awesome little robot. It’s a lightning-fast, hydraulically-controlled robot arm with one mission in life: to destroy grandmasters in speed chess. In the video above, it plays Chess World Champion Vladimir Kramnik in a quick game of blitz chess, slapping the clock after every move.
The game does not go to completion, as Kramnik seems to either lose interest or become intimidated that he’ll lose, but it’s a fascinating look at how far chess computers have come. Not only can they beat grandmasters in both a quick or slow game of chess, but they’re also not strong and mobile enough to rip your arm off if you checkmate them.
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