De programadores ajedrecistas y ajedrecistas no programadores

27/01/2020 – Según un estudio realizado por la FIDE en colaboración con con la empresa de productos informáticos Usetech, los jugadores de la elite mundial del ajedrez no disponen de conocimientos algunos acerca de programación informática. A los investigadores les ha sorprendido el resultado, dado que les parecía que para prepararse para las partidas de ajedrez con los módulos de ajedrez, haría falta tener ciertos conocimientos en este campo, también teniendo en cuenta los últimos desarrollos en el ámbito de la inteligencia artificial y los módulos de ajedrez, como por ejemplo Fat Fritz, basándose en ella. De los 21 jugadores más fuertes del mundo, tan sólo uno tenía algo de experiencia a la hora de programar y era capaz de crear un código. El resto de los jugadores, proveniendo de EE. UU., Francia, Rusia, Armenia y otros países más, no tenían experiencias algunas con la programación informática. A nosotros no nos parece tan extraño: el programa ChessBase y los módulos de ajedrez de nuestro surtido son fáciles de manejar y no hace falta ser ni programador, ni especialista informático. | Foto: Niki Riga (FIDE)

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Survey: Top Chess players Have No Programming Skills

January 26, 2020 -- London, UK:

According to a survey of the world’s strongest chess players, conducted by World Chess, the organizer of the FIDE Grand Prix Series, and software developer Usetech, the strongest chess players have almost zero programming skills. The findings are surprising given that professional chess requires major computer engine preparation, and recent AI developments, including Alpha Go, make chess almost a computer science as much as a sport.

Out of 21 world’s strongest players, only one had minor computer programming experience and is capable of writing a short script on his own. The rest of the field, including top players from the US, France, Russia, Armenia, and more, don’t have any programming skills.

Kuznetsov Maxim, the CEO of Usetech, says: “We were quite surprised to discover that the world’s strongest chess players cannot program: we hire a lot of developers, and we know that the best ones are usually very good in chess, and this sport became something of a proxy for top programmers in our company and in the industry. But it turns out that it does not work the other way around. I also feel that the new generation of chess players, the ones who are now 10 or 12, will apparently become formidable opponents because they will certainly have programming skills that will help them learn faster and be better!”

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the organizer of the FIDE Grand Prix Series, a qualifier to the World Championship, says: “Chess is very popular, and we are interested in the stars of the sport. This surprising finding adds a little context into understanding the current chess stars and likely stars of tomorrow!”

About the Survey: Conducted in December of 2019 during the final leg of the 2019 Grand Prix Series.