Reclaiming the Biff Bam Pow
posted by Brian Cronin at 12:58 AM
Egads...neither of them really seem to have the temperament for chess.I'd guess Hal though, Kyle's got that sort of attention span that seems to me, if he were bored enough, he could lose a game in two moves. From setup.
I'm with Hal. He's more of a strategist.Kyle can pull a win out with a last minute unpredictable move in a battle, but a chess game? Come on.
Kyle easily. Hal's too rigid and tends to be oblivious. He's not creative. He'll go for the normal opening moves and a totally average midgame.Kyle, on the other hand, is an artist. He's trained to be overly perceptive. Even if he's not as good a strategist as Hal, he's got Hal beat in observation and creativity. He'll take Hal out with unconventional moves from across the board, which Hal never even considered.Chess is all about misdirection and seeing what your opponent can't. If either of those two can pull that off, it's Kyle.
If either of these two has any serious experience with chess, it's Hal, and he'll win easily. However, neither of the two seem like the chess type.Barring previous experience, I think it would come down to discipline of thought more than creativity. Kyle might notice the best moves, but won't consider every move, since he's anything but a methodical thinker.Hal, OTOH, has a thought process well-suited to chess. He doesn't think outside the box, but within the box he uses every resource to the fullest. This probably makes him better than Kyle at solving problems that don't have any giant-robot-related solutions.
Actually, the game would never come to a conclusion.Kyle'd take forever to make his moves, because he'll be thinking about some idea for a painting. While Hal would slip out of his chair from falling asleep due to bordom and smack his head on the table, thus upsetting the chess board and pieces and ending the match prematurely. What? You think there could actually be another outcome? Dreamer. ;)
HAL would totally win. Any computer that can pilot a spaceship all the way to Jupiter while its crew is asleep AND sing old-fashioned songs to you is DEFINITELY going to be able to play a mean game of chess.
Kyle. But only because at some point, Hal would jump up and punch him in the face. Because that's how Hal solves complex problems. With his fists. Like a real man.So it would be a moral victory for Mr. Rayner.
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