Posted by: Discovery Science Center Blog | August 12, 2009

The Ultimate Chess Game!

Robot vs Human

Robot vs Human

On August 15 and 16, Discovery Science Center visitors will get the chance to experience and visualize the ultimate game of chess! Karan Kamdar and Peter Shikli from RoboTeamX, a company committed to the study of robotics, have developed robots who can actually communicate with each other. On a giant chess board, 16 robots will compete against 16 humans in a game of chess. Who do you think will win?

According to Karan Kamdar, Co-Founder and Chief Engineer of RoboTeamX, chess is “a proof of concept demonstration of a team of intelligent and communicating robots that achieve complex tasks by working together in a range of different scenarios.” Through inter-robot communication, the 16 robots are able to process information and then send it to each other, in order to produce a coherent and thought-out decision as to what step to make next in the game. The robots are not controlled by a larger power, but rather have compact engines built into their controllers which allow them to analyze the game from their own point of view and send out signals to each other. In text version, a screen will show the audience what the robots are saying to each other. These chess robots are the “world’s first truly autonomous giant scale robotic chess set that is built on the idea of synergism amongst machines.”

Robotic Chess Board

Robotic Chess Board

The main goal of Shikli and Kamdar is to send a message to kids who are currently stuck in the two-dimensional world of video games: technology and science can be fun and interesting! By creating an amusing way of teaching science to kids, Shikli and Kamdar are instilling a possible motivation within the kids who come to visit their chess game. In doing this, they are producing a three-dimensional world full of the kid-friendly aspects of robotics, which starts with this chess game.

Shikli and Kamdar wish to generate a “Harry Potter Effect” with their debut of the new chess robots. This effect consists of their giant chess board and big chess robots that work to produce a fascinating, inspiring way of teaching kids the significance of robotics. Essentially, they are building the necessary tools to enable this imagination.

Even if you don’t know how to play chess, still stop by the Discovery Science Center and visualize the most exciting game of chess ever!



  1. Giant chess is brilliant, where did you get that set from?

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