Modern Chess Formula – The Powerful Impact of Engines


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Vladimir Tukmakov

– Modern Chess Formula – The Powerful Impact of Engines

– 496 pages –  ISBN 9789492510815.

“The engine has become the “Holy Cow” to which all chess players now pray regardless of their religious convictions or rating. Far from being a foe or rival it has become an invaluable helper, consultant and the highest of authorities. Since the highest of all oracles is soulless and cynical it is ready to help anyone ignoring opinions and preferences.” ~ Vladimir Tukmakov

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Modern Chess Formula


This book is dedicated to chess, though I must confess it is not that same chess with which I immediately

and eternally fell in love many, many years ago.


There were plenty of wonderful moments, and no shortage of horrible disappointments associated with

that version of the game in which I certainly considered myself a true professional. The realities of chess

life during the second half of the twentieth century are diffi cult for today’s young people to imagine or

understand: Tournaments lasting 30,40 days with adjourned games being completed on specific days

allotted for such adjournments.


Unbelievable time trouble given that back then only the unrestrained dreamer David Bronstein even

thought about incremental time to be added after each move. Mountains of cigarette butts in ashtrays —

a fixed attribute of the chess battles and battlefields in those severest of days. Finally, suitcases filled to

the very brim with Yugoslav Chess Informants and handmade card indexes.


The arrival of computers dramatically changed the game, while the birth of “Chessbase” made all those

aforementioned suitcases that much lighter. Still, in the early 80’s this new trend caught onwith but a

select few even if the value of electronic databases was certainly evident.


As I am publishing this book in 2020 it is important to recall that back in 2004, during the Kramnik-

Leko championship match, a famous episode involving weak computer analysis could still take place.


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