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#1 2014-01-04 20:05:43

xor
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chess programs

do you like chess ?
what is your favorite chess program ?

i'm just a casual chess player - not really good at it, but i like the game a lot.
as we all know, there are plenty of free chess programs out there...

- glchess (2d mode preferred) once was a favorite for me, but it's still far too challenging.
- dreamchess is my present favorite. it is a much better match for me, because i can win against the CPU.
- brutalchess is also quite nice. its 3d mode is less fancy than dreamchess.

haven't tried anything else yet. do you have any recommendations ?

Last edited by xor (2014-01-04 20:14:11)

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#2 2014-01-04 20:44:10

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Re: chess programs

xor wrote:

do you like chess ?
what is your favorite chess program ?

haven't tried anything else yet. do you have any recommendations ?

1st question: OH YEA! - don't know anyone that plays here.
2nd question: none at the moment.

Hey, have not thought about chess in a while.  Never a 'great' player, I played a guy weekly for about a year when I was in my 20's.  In the beginning he clean my clock in nothing flat, in the end it was a 50/50 battle.  Always better to paly someone better than you.  Debian Stable Repos have:

 04 Jan 14 | 17:25:51 ~
    $ ser chess
p   3dchess                  - Play chess across 3 boards!                                  
p   brutalchess              - 3D chess game with reflection of the chessmen                
p   dreamchess               - 3D chess game                                                
p   dreamchess-data          - data files for dreamchess                                    
p   emacs-chess              - a client and library for playing Chess from Emacs            
p   glchess                  - chess game with 3D graphics                                  
p   gmchess                  - Chinese chess game (Xiangqi)                                 
p   gnuchess                 - Plays a game of chess, either against the user or against its
p   gnuchess-book            - Opening book for gnuchess                                    
p   hoichess                 - xboard compatible chess engine to play chess with            
p   pidgin-gmchess           - pidgin integration with gmchess                              
p   pychess                  - chess graphical user interface for several chess engines     
 
 04 Jan 14 | 17:26:00 ~
    $ 

I'll be checking a few out.  I'll come back in time.


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#3 2014-01-04 20:57:56

porkpiehat
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Re: chess programs

I use phalanx, playing on xboard. Both appear to be in the stable repo.

http://en.linuxreviews.org/XBoard

Last edited by porkpiehat (2014-01-04 21:00:19)

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#4 2014-01-05 17:25:22

xor
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Re: chess programs

historic flashback warning...
this was my very first chess program - CYRUS II CHESS on the Amstrad/Schneider CPC:

http://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=detail&num=656

it had amazing 3d graphics for that era.
i still have that good old CPC 6128, and it still works fine.

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#5 2014-01-05 18:19:16

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Re: chess programs

xor wrote:

historic flashback warning...

I used to play against Sargon II running on a 4-MHz Z80 CP/M machine with 64K memory.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sargon_%28chess%29

BYTE in 1980 estimated that Sargon II had a 1500 rating at the highest tournament-time difficulty level, and speculated that it was the best chess program on sale, including dedicated devices.

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#6 2014-01-05 20:16:42

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Re: chess programs

this is SO cool...

http://cpc.devilmarkus.de/applet/cpc.php?game=cyrus2

you can run it in your browser as a Java applet.

in-game controls: cursor keys move the arrow, ALT selects.

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#7 2014-01-05 20:45:00

Bradi
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Re: chess programs

I like chess and have started playing online lately. I currently have two chess programs installed: glchess and scid. Glchess i liked best for playing chess offline/against the computer after trying out some of the other software in the repos. You can set it up with different chess engines if the default is too strong for you, though i still haven't figured out how to make stockfish play poorer big_smile.
I use scid to browse PGN records of master games, and sometimes for trying out different variations on my own, with the help of an engine.
Still, i do most of my chess in the browser (lichess.org), so the software gets comparatively little use. And when it comes to playing against an AI, i prefer my phone (Chessmaster J2ME version, great game).
Oh, and i have used gameclock once or twice to keep track of time in real life games.

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#8 2014-01-05 21:24:21

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Re: chess programs

^ thanks a lot for the hint about LICHESS.ORG !

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#9 2014-01-05 21:31:34

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Re: chess programs

Oh so you reply to his posts but not mine? I'm hurt and offended (-;

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#10 2014-01-05 21:39:20

xor
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Re: chess programs

^ LIFO (last in, first out) stack concept... wink

i've checked out phalanx, but it is not my taste.

a side note:
the CPC 6128 also had a 4 MHz Z80 CPU running CP/M as an alternative to AMSDOS BASIC.

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#11 2015-02-09 02:36:16

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Re: chess programs

Hi all, sorry for waking up the dead post, but I just took up DreamChess since I really got to train (IRL partner keeps telling me 'my son'). Anyone care for a match? I don't mind the platform, anything could do. I'll be around.


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