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First-Ever Quantum Chess Tournament Won by Amazon Researcher


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A representation of entangledness between pieces.

An Amazon researcher recently won the world's first quantum chess tournament.

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Amazon researcher Aleksander Kubica won the world's first quantum chess tournament during the virtual Practical Quantum Computing (Q2B) conference.

Quantum chess incorporates ideas from quantum mechanics, with pieces able to be placed into a superposition of two locations, for instance, or entangled with one another.

The winner must capture the opponent's king and make a robust quantum measurement of its location.

California Institute of Technology's Spiros Michalakis said, "It's like you're playing in a multiverse but the different boards [in different universes] are connected to each other."

Cantwell noted the ultimate goal of quantum chess is to provide a familiar mechanism for teaching the basics of quantum mechanics.

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