How AI Impacts Chess and the Game of World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen

Chess-playing computers have been better than human World Chess Champions for more than 20 years now. However, when DeepMind published a preprint in December 2017 (which was published in the journal Science in December 2018) about AlphaZero, a computer program based on neural networks and mastering the games of chess, shogi and go, not only the world of chess paid attention.

This webinar explains recent AI developments in chess and how it impacts chess played by humans. Join Peter Heine Nielsen, Chess Grandmaster and coach of World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, and Sebastian J. Kuhnert, CEO of chess24, who will share their experience in using AI in chess and illustrate innovation in sports during COVID-19 and beyond. The webinar is moderated by Kenneth Cukier of The Economist.

Key Topics:
– What have been AI developments in chess since AlphaZero?
– How has AI influenced and changed Magnus Carlsen’s preparation?
– Has human chess become better because of AI?
– How has AI been used to ensure prevent cheating: the use case of Magnus Carlsen Invitational (18 April – 3 May 2020)
– The use of AI in chess for kids
– What might be future developments of AI in chess?

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Chess Grandmaster, Coach of World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen
    Peter Heine Nielsen is a Danish chess trainer. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE in 1994. Nielsen became an International Grandmaster in 1994. He won the Danish Chess Championship five times: in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, and 2008. He played for Denmark in seven Chess Olympiads, three times on top board. Nielsen coached World Champion Viswanathan Anand from 2002 until 2012. Anand won the World Championship title in Mexico 2007, and defended it in Bonn 2008Sofia 2010 and Moscow 2012. Nielsen has been coaching world number one, Magnus Carlsen, since 2013. Carlsen won the Candidates Tournament 2013, which gave him the right to challenge Anand for the world championship. He defeated Anand, and has since defended the title three times. Nielsen has previously coached Carlsen in Khanty-Mansiysk 2005, where Carlsen became the youngest player ever to qualify for the candidate matches.
    CEO | CEO ChessX | COO Play Magnus
    Internet executive with over 12 years of experience, including general management of startups and small to mid size organizations, corporate development, product development, multinational business operations, strategy, sales, partnerships, fundraising, investor relations, communication, and M&A. Currently COO at the Play Magnus Group, the web’s most powerful chess ecosystem and CEO of several of its subsidiaries, including chess24, the number one chess broadcasting site and digital home to World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Prior to Play Magnus, I served as CEO at Tradimo Interactive, one of the web’s highest quality education sites for active financial trading, which I co-founded originally on behalf of Etruvian and later moved to Denmark following an investment by the CFH Group. Previously learned from a number of leaders in diverse industries such as online education, marketing, price management, management consulting and HR consulting.
    Author, Journalist
    The Economist
    Kenneth Cukier is a Senior Editor at The Economist, and host of its weekly podcast on technology. He is also an associate fellow at Said Business School at Oxford, researching artificial intelligence. Kenn is the coauthor of “Big Data: A Revolution That Transforms How We Live, Work, and Think” with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. It was a NYT Bestseller translated in over 20 languages, and sold over 1 million copies worldwide. It won the National Library of China’s Wenjin Book Award and was a finalist for the FT Business Book of the Year. Kenn coauthored a follow-on book, “Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education” Previously Kenn was a foreign correspondent for two decades in Europe, Asia and America. In 2002-04 he was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Kenn’s writings have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has been a frequent commentator on CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s global council on data-driven development.
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28 May 2020


CEST, Geneva
14:00 - 15:00



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