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posted by mattie_p on Saturday February 22 2014, @03:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the computer-resists-you dept.

andrew writes: "Over the last decade, computers have been able to dominate human chess players. in that time attention has shifted from creating anti-computer strategies to creating computer-resistant chess variants. The inventor of one such game, Arimraa, has an interesting article on about what it takes to make a board game in which it is still possible for the best human players to remain competitive against computer software."

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Spottywot on Saturday February 22 2014, @03:43PM

    by Spottywot (2784) on Saturday February 22 2014, @03:43PM (#4846)

    Looks like an interesting game, I'll try it. My boy is interested in chess but he's 5 and finding it tough to grasp the principles. I'll learn Arimaa with him and see how he takes to it.
      It is an interesting goal to find a game that humans can be better at than computers,(more like current software finds it hard, or doesn't exist)but chess computers have been around a long time. Can't imagine it would take long for a determined developer to devise something to start the ball rolling. Then again I've not played the game yet.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by drgibbon on Saturday February 22 2014, @03:55PM

    by drgibbon (74) on Saturday February 22 2014, @03:55PM (#4851) Journal

    Kids will probably appreciate the proper board [] (with the animal shaped pieces). They sell it through Amazon [] for a reasonable price. I'd like a larger board and pieces myself (and some are a bit hard to distinguish from one another), but they're weighted, and not bad at all.

    You could play with a chess set, but that can make playing chess a bit difficult later on (once you start to see chess pieces as Arimaa pieces).

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