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Game changer

English Chess Federation 2019 Book of the Year Award

FIDE 2019 Book of the Year Award


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For Game Changer, Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan investigated more than two thousand previously unpublished games by AlphaZero.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.

With a foreword by former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and an introduction by DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.

M. Sadler & N. regan

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416 pages

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Très bon livre.
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Intéressant de voir comment alphazero bat stockfish. Juste un peu dommage qu'il n'y est pas de parties alphazero contre alphazero. Peut être pour une prochaine édition.
Flavien F.
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Le livre a une approche assez intéressante vu qu'il n'est pas nécessaire de le lire dans l'ordre, mais à mon sens, les premiers chapitres sont malgré tout très utiles (jusqu'au chapitre 6 inclus) puisqu'ils permettent déjà de cerner la façon de penser d'Alphazero en confrontant son approche avec de grandes idées et thèmes stratégiques des échecs. A partir du chapitre 7 les auteurs mettent en avant des concepts qu'il est possible de reproduire, dès lors que les conditions sont réunies. Excellent.
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