The eye-catching victory of AlphaZero, the artificial-intelligence program that taught itself to play chess, over the No 1 computer chess engine Stockfish, has evoked comparisons with human legends. Garry Kasparov has written a foreword for a newly published book in which he says AlphaZero’s “dynamic, sacrificial style … mirrored my own … AlphaZero prefers piece activity and attacking chances”. He also compares it to “Alexander Alekhine, with dazzling sacrifices and a fondness for unbalanced positions”. In-depth analysis by Sadler, a chess grandmaster and former British chess champion, of recurrent motifs in AlphaZero’s style which can be adapted by human chess players. Among the many themes which Sadler identifies, AZ likes Harry the h pawn to spearhead its long-term attacks with an advance to h6 which entombs a rook or bishop at h8. In the Queen’s Gambit Exchange it …

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