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Chess, AI and Asia's future

Game offers lessons for region's technological and economic development

| China

Global chess enthusiasts are sitting enthralled this week as the sport's latest World Championships head toward a tense finale in London. $600,000 in prize money awaits the victor of the 12-game clash between Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian wunderkind and current titleholder, and his younger challenger Fabiano Caruana, a combative U.S.-born grandmaster of Italian descent.

Yet while this long-anticipated contest is being fought out between an American and a European, rapid developments in modern chess hold intriguing lessons -- technologically, geographically and institutionally -- for the future of Asia too.

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