My father, Pal Benko, is an International Chess Grandmaster. He has been twice a candidate for the World Championship and he has finished atop eight U.S. Open Chess Championships.
I am an expert level chess player. I can also play blindfold.
I used to be interested in artificial intelligence, as a student I have written a mastermind playing program and a gomoku program. (Gomoku is also known as 5-in a row.)
In 1997 world champion Kasparov was defeated by Deep Blue with a score 3,5 : 2:5. In 2005 Hydra had a huge 5,5 : 0.5 victory over a leading grandmaster Michael Adams. Hydra is a chess supercomputer (like Deep Blue). It has 32 linked processors and it can analyse 200 million chess moves in a second. The Elo (playing power) of Hydra is estimated over 3000. In 2005 Shredder 9.0 was the best program running on personal computers. Its Elo rating was 2821 (on a slow 1.2 GHz machine). Kasparov had an Elo 2812 when he retired. In 2010 the best program is Rybka, available for personal computers with Elo 3213.
Here is a very nice puzzle, white to move and mate in 3 moves:
and here is another one, white to move and mate in 4 moves: