The problem with AI is it does not retain memory and it cannot make judgements based on bluffs. I wish I had access to Stratego.com's statistics so that I could make some qualified statements about the game accurately. Playing the game over and over again will not make you a better player. It is remembering what worked and what doesn't. The limitations of movements are vital as are risk vs reward.
At some point if you are 1 in 10k (that is just a guess) you may make it to platinum marshal. The game loses its luster as you remember nearly every possible outcome. Then who is the computer? They end up always reacting to the game as it unfolds in the same way. At some point there is nothing more they can learn as we all have memorization limits on what we can store and recall. They are the best.
I wonder how many variables really there are. Plus factor in players who don't care about winning or losing. Once you reach the top the computer is designed to rarely match you with the 1000s of bronze or silver players. The bronze and silver player just play over and over, but with same moves and the same players will little variants. Eventually, unless they change their methods they will stop gaining ELO. They will go up and down 100 ELO 1000 times.
Then there are tournaments that pit the best against the best. How much difference is there between a player ranked at 1000 playing a player ranked at 900? A cursory glance would say 10% better, but what does that really mean. Emotion also plays a factor. Confidence matters.
How does one reach the pinnacle and what happens when you reach the ceiling? Jumbo changed the rules and expanded the rankings. It artificially pushed everyone upward. Nothing really changed. Do you ever wonder why Heilco and about 10 other players always end up in the finals of tournaments? What is it that they have? Maybe they just started earlier than others ergo more experience? What is it? It's not playing more games as I have seen players with over 10-15k games and they are still bronze.
They play discover, chase and trap over and over again. Silver players tend to move on to marshal/general blitzes. Gold players defend well, but tend to place their highest pieces in the back two rows to maintain protection of the flag and bring them into play late. By then the silver player has lost his edge and pieces attacking until it is too late for them to protect their flag.
Platinum are all about piece movement. They see the square rule moved in advance. They do not move anything without a reason nor do they move pieces in their last two rows until the late game. Controlling their opponent based on bluffing and the limited amount of options they have to choose. Putting them into win/lose positions only they recognize. To them information is king.
That is my simplistic and completely unsubstantiated by statistic observations.
Edited by queenbee1, 17 October 2016 - 11:01 PM.