Why Is Chess.com Crashing?

August 19, 2023
David Sunnyside

Posted on January 20, 2022

Posted in Articles
The world of chess is constantly expanding. In recent years, several hot issues have rocked the game, including a cheating scandal involving Magnus Carlsen and 19-year-old Hans Niemann, a massive chess bot that crushed a grandmaster, and the discovery of one of the greatest chess puzzles of all time.

Not long ago, chess-playing computers were intimidating, bulky physical monoliths christened with sci-fi names like Deep Blue and Mac Hack. These supercomputers dominated chess tournaments and wreaked havoc in the lives of human grandmasters.

Now, a tiny virtual robot has emerged to rewrite the chess universe. This time it’s not a supervillain. It’s a 1-point-ranked kitten named Mittens. Its debut threw the chess community into pandemonium, but it also highlighted an important aspect of the game: the joy of playing with a bot. Unlike the coding marvels that have previously crushed chess grandmasters, Mittens is designed to be fun and enjoyable.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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