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AnMon Chess Engine: Tough, Solid and Strong!

By Brendan J. Norman

What’d you think of the video above? Was the AnMon chess engine lucky to “swindle” me or was it a fair result? I actually think it was a fair result. (BTW…If you just want to download AnMon, you can do so at the bottom of this post ūüėȬ†) Moving on… Having¬†outplayed the engine with my […]

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Johnny Hector: A Fearless, Sword Swinging Chess Engine!

By Brendan J. Norman

Way back in August I wrote an article¬†where¬†I introduced a chess engine personality called “Johnny Hector”, which plays sword-swinging, crazy¬†attacking chess! This is the¬†type of violent chess that’d have even the most seasoned tournament player quaking in fear. Interested? Today I’m proud to show you four recent games which are not only beautiful, but very […]

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The 5 Best Chess Engines for Training Players U1600

By Brendan J. Norman

Here’s¬†a question I get almost on a daily basis. “What are the best chess engines I can play against that aren’t gonna just smash me in 10 moves? I’m only rated 1550” Well…there are a few. The ones I like the most (for sub 1600 guys to train against) are: Storm 0.6 Mephisto Amsterdam Kanguruh […]

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Computer Chess and Engines: What’s the Big Deal Anyway?

By Brendan J. Norman

I have been fascinated by computer chess and chess engines since almost the day I got into chess. The Beginning of Computer Chess The first¬†chess software I got hold of was ChessMaster 3000 back in 1998 and this program became my addiction for a long time.   This software had “personalities” and would change its […]

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Chess Engine Review: Chess Tiger 2007

By Brendan J. Norman

This review was¬†a request from a fan of my Facebook page. Always happy to do things for my loyal readers. ūüėÄ This WILL however be a very subjective review, based on my own experience with Chess Tiger… Let’s begin… I first became a fan of the Chess Tiger chess engine back in 2001 when I […]

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Chess Endgame Strategy: Learn from Stockfish 7!

By Brendan J. Norman

I know, I know… I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I’m not a fan of these 3000+ ELO engines (like Stockfish, Komodo and co) and that I prefer weaker, but more “human-like” engines. This is all true. But a lesson we learn in life is that even though we might not like somebody, we […]

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Chess Engine Challenge: Chess System Tal 2 (Game 2)

By Brendan J. Norman

Black against Chess System Tal was no walk in the park.   Game 1¬†was difficult enough although I managed to save that game from a worse position. In game 2 I actually had a better position at some point, but mis-timed my critical break and allowed Chess System Tal to take over. Chess Engine – […]

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Chess Engine Challenge: Chess System Tal 2 (Game 1)

By Brendan J. Norman

Many of you will remember back in March¬†when I began a fantastic tournament with 15 of the leanest, meanest chess engines in existence. Many of you have also contacted me saying “Brendan, what happened to your awesome training tournament with the engines? ūüė• “. Here is my response. My Windows 7 installation which held the […]

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