Real World Applications of Computer Chess Strategy

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With account executive experience in the pharmaceutical sector extending more than two decades, Thomas (Tom) Spetter holds key account manager responsibilities with a successful company. Strategically focused, Thomas Spetter enjoys activities such as playing chess in his free time. This classic board game has adapted well to the digital age, with computer chess offering players the chance to hone their skills against real and virtual adversaries.

One of the most well-known computers in chess history is Deep Blue, which was developed by IBM and was the first to defeat a world champion. Following Garry Kasparov’s loss to the computer in 1997, Japanese engineers designed the first computer able to defeat professional shogi players. Also known as Japanese chess, shogi is recognized as being more complex than traditional Western chess, as it has many more possible moves.

These achievements have real-world applications, and the engineering team that created the shogi program created a startup, Herzog, Inc. The aim of the company is to utilize the programming knowledge gained through Japanese chess and apply it to the complex world of mortgage decisions. The company has plans to provide in-depth analysis for banks deciding whether home loan applicants are creditworthy.

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