Intuition or Calculation

Previously I believed that human is superior to machine in positional aspects of chess but as far as calculation is concerned, machine can calculate much more than human. Very few are having doubt with the above statement but recently I come across a gambit in the Caro-Kann Advance Variation where white offers rook. To my surprise computer failed to calculate or analyse the position.

1. e4 c6
2. d4 d5
3. e5 Bf5
4. h4 h5
5. Bg5 Qb6

Just wanting to gain tempo against an early Bg5.

6. Bd3 Bxd3
7. Qxd3 Qxb2
8. e6

Computer considers it to be a blunder but after playing the game I am giving !! to this move, a powerful move which boost your greed. I went for 8….Qxa1, later on I have checked the same position with some of powerful engines which states black is having winning advantage due to material deficit on white side. 9. Qb3! from here I went wrong in the game and played 9… b5 10. Nf3 Nf6 11. 0-0 a5 and lost the game (the game was played on and my opponent’s title was GM).

I have searched database for the following position and found some games with great results for white. Here is the game of GM Milos Perunovic (Rated 2630 Current) played the same gambit in 2009 against GM Lalith Babu (Rated 2572 current).

After 8….Qxa1 the computer believed that black has superior position but as game proceeding computer was losing interest in black. I believe that it is very hard or near to impossible to calculate the given moves where intuition can make difference. Though it was my opinion, I leave it on reader whether to go for intuition or calculation.

Ashvin Chauhan