Visiting the DeepMind Headquarters: My AlphaZero Challenge

DeepMind’s AlphaZero shook the chess world in December 2017 by mastering the game from scratch: after only 4 hours of self-play the AI system was capable of beating the strongest chess computer, Stockfish, in a 100-game match. A year later DeepMind released a full evaluation of AlphaZero in the journal Science — occasion on which chess International Master Anna Rudolf visits the DeepMind headquarters to figure out more about the “AlphaZero effect”. The survey she conducted at the London Chess Classic, a super tournament held a floor above DeepMind’s offices at Google, presents the opinion of renowned figures of the chess community on the AI system. The twist? Each interviewee was limited by Anna’s challenge: Describe AlphaZero in one sentence.

Find out more about DeepMind at

Read the academic paper in the Science magazine:ç

“Chess, a Drosophila of reasoning” by Garry Kasparov:

Dominic Lawson’s piece for The Times on facing AlphaZero:

Game Changer, the upcoming book on AlphaZero by GM Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan:

Filmed by Anna Rudolf and Maria Emelianova
Post production by AntonSquaredMe

Special thanks to the DeepMind team for granting me permission to visit and film at their headquarters!

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