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Chess Broadcast Includes Players' Heart Rate Determined by AI


Magnus Carlsen during a chess match

An AI-based heart rate tracker will give broadcast spectators a sense of a player's emotions.

Credit: Chess.com

World Chess will show the heart rate of players in its official broadcasts of the final rounds of the FIDE Grand Prix Series, part of the World Chess Championship cycle, measured using an AI technology similar to that used by hospitals to track patients' vitals over video. The AI has been trained to read almost invisible changes in& reflections of the skin color that change based on a person's heart rate.

Display of the players' heart rate will give spectators an understanding of players' emotions and feelings while a game is going on — a rare insight into elite players trained to keep a poker face.

"Chess games are . . . full of emotions and often rage or disappointment, but you don't get to see it during the broadcast because the players are conditioned to hide it," says Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the Series organizer. "We are happy to add a layer of human sensitivity so spectators can have some insight into the state of mind of their favorite players."

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