Archive for December, 2004

Computer Chess Sourcebook

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Chess Software Sourcebook is thefirst book to focus exclusively on the latest chess-related computer programs. Several chapters review in detail the various types of software available, as well as the pros and cons of commercial programs in each category. Feature comparison tables help you decide which software best matches your specific needs, and screen shots show the graphical interface for each program. Playing live chess over the Internet (including its addictive tendencies!) is also discussed. Other chapters cover opening study, computer handicapping, game analysis, and time-saving tips so you can get the most out of the software you own or plan to purchase. Read the rest of this entry »

Sigma Chess 6.1 with HIARCS 9.6 engine

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Sigma Chess and Hiarcs announced Sigma Chess 6.1 with HIARCS 9.6 engine for Mac OS X.

Behind Deep Blue

Monday, December 20th, 2004

On May 11, 1997, as millions worldwide watched a stunning victory unfold on television, a machine shocked the chess world by defeating the defending world champion, Garry Kasparov. Written by the man who started the adventure, Behind Deep Blue reveals the inside story of what happened behind the scenes at the two historic Deep Blue vs. Kasparov matches. This is also the story behind the quest to create the mother of all chess machines. The book unveils how a modest student project eventually produced a multimillion dollar supercomputer, from the development of the scientific ideas through technical setbacks, rivalry in the race to develop the ultimate chess machine, and wild controversies to the final triumph over the world’s greatest human player. Read the rest of this entry »

Deep Blue

Friday, December 17th, 2004

Detailed account of IBM’s Deep Blue chess program, the people who created it, and its historic battles with World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, who challenged the AI principles of the technology with human intelligence. Read the rest of this entry »