February 12, 2005

For all you Chess-heads out there - Mike's List brought up a link to a visual chess game on the web. It shows lines of influence as force waves on the board, and also graphically represents its own thinking as it evaluates moves. It's a neat project, and artistically pleasing. You should go check it out for yourself.... Since it's a Java Applet, its strength will likely be different depending on what computer you play on, but it was wise enough to grab a piece from me in about 15 moves even on this old clunker I'm using (1.5Ghz PIII) so the algorithms are reasonably smart. Of course, I'm no deep thinker, and am not well versed in many opening lines...so I'm probably easy pickings.

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