Chess as a metaphor for strategic competition is not a novel concept, and it remains one of the most respected due to the intellectual and strategic demand it places on competitors. The sheer combination of moves in a chess game (estimated to be more than the number of atoms in the universe) means that it is entirely possible that no two people have unintentionally played the same game. Of course, many of these combinations result in a draw and many more set a player down the path of an inevitable loss after only a few moves. It is no surprise that chess has pushed the limits of computational analytics which in turn has pushed the limits of players. Claude Shannon, the father of information theory, was the first to state the advantages of the human and computer competitor attempting to wrest control of opposing kings from each other.
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