Interview with Albert Silver - His journey to Fat Fritz 2.0

by Arne Kaehler
2/15/2021 – Albert Silver is the head coach of Fat Fritz, and its successor. His path to inventing the 2.0 engine is worth talking about, because once he was almost ready to publishing it he came across a new neural network technology from Japan – "NNUE". Silver reconsidered his close-to-finished project, and dedicated his mind and soul to the efficiently updatable neural network. It paid off! Fat Fritz 2.0 is out and ready now, defining opening theory with a "human" touch, and being as precise as can be in endgames.

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Fat Fritz 2.0 is the successor to the revolutionary Fat Fritz, which was based on the famous AlphaZero algorithms. This new version takes chess analysis to the next level and is a must for players of all skill levels.

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Fat Fritz 2.0 - from closely done to beautifully finished

This was one of the longest interviews I had so far, but it is worth watching every second. I actually listened to the whole video, taking a walk outside recently.

  • 0:43 - Who are you, and what are you doing?
  • 2:07 - How did you start working with ChessBase?
  • 5:56 - How did you come to work on Fat Fritz, and how did Frederic Friedel and "Leela" help?
  • 17:29 - Where do you get all your working power from?
  • 19:00 - How heavily did graphic cards change in the last years?
  • 21:10 - What is the "NNUE" revolution about, and how did it contribute in the making of Fat Fritz 2?
  • 32:48 - How is the coronavirus situation in Rio de Janeiro currently?
  • 38:14 - How does a normal day for you look like?
  • 44:52 - How did you overcome the moment of starting almost completely from scratch with the Fat Fritz 2.0 development?
  • 52:11 - What is unique about Fat Fritz 2 regarding opening theory?
  • 56:44 - And what about one of the most difficult themes for engines - endgame studies?
  • 1:00:09 - A tiny summarization of Albert Silver about Fat Fritz 2.0

Fat Fritz 2

Fat Fritz 2.0 is the successor to the revolutionary Fat Fritz, which was based on the famous AlphaZero algorithms. This new version takes chess analysis to the next level and is a must for players of all skill levels.

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Arne Kaehler, a creative thinker who is passionate about board games in general was born in Hamburg and learned how to play chess at a very young age. Through teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess content on YouTube, Arne was able to extend this passion onto others and has even made an online chess course for anyone who wants to learn how to play this game. Currently, Arne blogs for the English news page of ChessBase and focuses on creating promotional and entertaining articles.
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