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Dragon draughts

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Dragon plays international (10x10) draughts. The program won the dutch open championship for computer-draughts in 2012 in culemborg.

Main features of dragon draughts:

 

- 15+ different playing levels, from beginner to master level

- Tutor mode, warning you when you make a mistake

- Simultaneous analyses of all moves in a position

- Automated analyses of games

- Nederlands/English/Francais/Lithuanian language interface

- Opening book (20000 positions)

- Selective search

- Optimal play endgame databases

- Native PDN support

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Not entirely free, but what is is largely enough to enjoy the game.

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FIDE Online Arena

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FIDE online arena offers a complete chess experience online: challenge games and tournaments, master challenge matches and simuls, free master lessons and lectures, full statistical analysis, broadcasts of major FIDE events, chat, game files, multi-lingual interface and much more - all from the comfort of your home or anywhere elsewhere you happen to be.

 

So now you can enjoy all the features that FIDE online arena has to offer and very soon play in official FIDE events night or day, seven days a week.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

Good old Kirsan launched his very own online gaming site, I had a quick look at it, it uses a java client, the graphics look nice and the obvious trap comes from "premium" features. Check it out to see if you like it. The obvious interest is to get an official rating (which I do not so I passed). They also implemented an anti-cheating system whose effenciency remains to be attested.

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Perplexus

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With gnarly new obstacles that require a whole new level of concentration and finesse, Epic is here to humble you! Its impressive 125 barriers are certain to entertain, challenge and frustrate you to Epic proportions!

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Really nice and original puzzle. Beautiful abstract object too...

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Adaptoid

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ADAPTOID is a board game for two players designed by Néstor Romeral Andrés. Each game lasts around 20 minutes.

An ADAPTOID is a creature that constantly evolves to adapt itself to its surroundings. To survive it needs to be fed. In ADAPTOID, two players must confront their armies of adaptoids with the aim of eliminating the opponent.

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Get this as a real board game and more at http://nestorgames.com/

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St-Louis Chess Club & Scholastic Center (Video Channel)

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A wonderful chess channel on youtube. Very interesting lectures - around 40 minutes long - by top players. A must-watch for every player who want to understand the game better..

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Addictaball

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Addictaball - Have you got the skills?
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A total rip off of the aforementioned Perplexus. Still a good puzzle once you've finished the original.

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Apwin

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A wonderful GUI for chess problem software, complete with free solving engine popeye (to be downloaded separately) and a 340 000+ problems collection (bottom of the page).

 

That is, if you can survive the installation process. Keep cool and read the whole procedure carefully; if you miss dll files, search and download them from google, they belong in the windows\system32 directory. Don't forget to rename the popeye exe file to PY.exe.

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Japanese Mahjong

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Japanese Mahjong, also known as Rīchi Mahjong, is a variation of mahjong. While the basic rules to the game are retained, the variation features a unique set of rules such as rīchi and the use of dora...

 

Source : wikipedia

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

Free flash game. You can download it easily if you are using firefox: save the page then open the swf file in the saved folder with firefox and you can play it offline.

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Yinsh

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Yinsh is probably the easiest of the GIPF games to learn.  The goal of the game is to capture three rings of your own color.   You first place five rings on the board, then each move pick a ring to move.  Moving a ring leaves a chip behind, and changes the color of all the chips it passes over.  Whenever a row of 5 chips is created, they are removed from play, along with a ring of the same color.  There are a few subtleties in the rules, but that's the basic idea.

This looks vaguely similar to Othello, but it is much subtler because removing the chips creates new open space, and removing a ring (progress toward winning) weakens you.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

The linked site - BoardSpace - enables you to play online against a computer or human opponents. No compulsory registration, you can just play as a guest.

 

Yinsh is part of the GIPF series, of which nearly all games are a must have for abstract lovers. More info here : http://www.gipf.com/project_gipf/index.html

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Hexy

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- Hexy is a computer program. She plays Hex and loves doing it.

- Hex is a two-player game with amazingly simple rules. At the same time in order to win you have to demonstrate both deep strategic and sharp tactical skills.

- If you want, you can download Hexy's software and play against Her.

- Playing against Hexy is fun.

- Hexy will show you how to play Hex.

- By playing with Hexy, you will become a grand master in Hex very soon.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

A good hex program. Has to be registered (for free) for unlimited play.

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GNU Backgammon

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GNU Backgammon (gnubg) is for playing and analysing backgammon positions, games and matches. It's based on a neural network. In the past twelve months it has made enormous progress. It currently plays at about the level of a championship flight tournament player. Depending on its parameters and its luck in recent games, it rates from around 1900 to 2000 on FIBS, the First Internet Backgammon Server -- at its strongest, it ranks in the top 5 of over 6000 rated players there) and is gradually improving; it should be somewhat stronger than this when released. Since almost all of the CPU time required during supervised training is spent performing rollouts, and rollouts can easily be performed in parallel, it is hoped that users will be able to pool rollout results and collectively train it to a level stronger than any individual could obtain.

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"I dine, I play a game of backgammon, I converse, and am merry with my friends..."

 

                                    David Hume, "A Treatise of Human Nature".

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Retro Gaming : Super Tsume Shogi 1000

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The title is self-explanatory, 1000 shogi problems for the super-nintendo. The rom and an emulator should be easy to find on google.

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Aya

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A free GTP Go engine. It can be used in a GUI like GoGui or Drago or as a standalone. It is rather weak and thus a suitable opponent for beginners.

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Chess Problem Database Server

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PDB is a Windows program which allows to download problems from the Internet Problem DataBase in order to query and study problems without an active Internet connection. You can also enter new problems and upload these problems to the Internet PDB.

 

PDB has been developed by Gerd Wilts and is distributed by Die Schwalbe.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

A huge source of chess problems. Definitely not for the amateur. The free program is nice but could do with some improvements (like a button to hide solutions).

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ChessCafe is Back!

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One of the most respected freely accessible chess sites on the web, with the finest selection of chess books, sets, and clocks in North America.
Yannick Kilberger's insight:

I added a link to this site when I began this scoop.it, then suddenly they went to the dark side and made people pay to access archives which had been free for several years, which made the site far less attractive. They must have antagonized more than a few people - and found it profitable retract their move - since the archives are free access once more!

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Olive

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Olive is a free open source cross-platform graphical front-end for Popeye chess software and more. It is named after fictional character Olive Oyl, a girlfriend of Popeye the Sailor.

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Finally a simple GUI for solving / creating chess problems - especially fairies - that is simple to install and use. The Popeye engine is included in the install.

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Abalone

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Nice adaptation of this abstract game. Features include a trophy system (giving you that pleasurable if shallow sense of achievement), positions to study (and a new one each day as a bonus), play versus the computer or a human adversary. It features the official starting position and some popular ones. A set-up mode enable you to input any starting position you can imagine.

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How To Win At Chess

British grandmasters Daniel King and Ray Keene go through a special demonstration game from opening gambit to checkmate, revealing the key moves that can lead to victory. They explain the opening, middle and end games, and how to outwit an opponent with techniques such as forks, pins and skewers.

Along the way the colourful and diverse world of British chess playing is celebrated, including speed chess and chess boxing, and useful advice is offered on how not to be humiliated by a child prodigy.

Also taking part are novelist Martin Amis, writer Dominic Lawson, Britain's youngest grandmaster David Howell and under-16 champion Sheila Dines.

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Arimaa

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Arimaa is a strategy game with simple rules. It was designed to be:

 

- Playable with a standard chess set.

- Easy to learn.

- Difficult for computers.

- Fun and interesting for humans.

 

The creation of Arimaa was inspired by the Deep Blue vs Gary Kasparov match in which the computer defeated the world chess champion. Arimaa was created to show that humans can still outplay computers using a chess set and provide the next challenge to the AI community.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

An interesting albeit slow game. One can play versus a human opponent or one of many engines directly from the website. I'll review the PC and Android Games later.

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Zillions of Games

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Zillions 2.0 reads all current rules files and has been tested with over 5,000 different game variants in over 1,000 rules files. It has been revised to be fully Windows XP compatible and to support massively complex games. Zillions 2.0 requires DirectX 8 or higher.

 

 

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

The ultimate software for casual players, plays nearly all classic boardgames, especially lots of chess variants (hundreds of them). Among others, it plays Shogi, Xiangqi, Reversi, Hasami Shogi, Checkers, Gomoku, Pente, Dou Shou Qi...

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Power Play Chess

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Grandmaster Daniel King shares his expertise and passion for the game of chess. It's free to subscribe. If you like these short clips, do check out his Power Play DVD series in the ChessBase shop
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A great youtube channel by GM Daniel King of Chessbase fame. Besides showcasing his Dvds, he comments on tournaments, offers puzzles etc.

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Pentobi

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Pentobi is a computer program that plays the board game Blokus.

 

- Supported game variants: Classic (2 or 4 players), Duo, Trigon (2, 3 or 4 players), Junior.

- Different levels of playing strength.

- Player rating by playing rated games against the computer.

- Game analysis function.

- Save and load games in Smart Game Format including comments and move variations.

- Source code is available under the GNU General Public License.

- System requirements: 512 MB RAM, 1 GHz CPU (2.5 GHz or faster CPU recommended for playing level 7).

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

Play Blokus for free on either windows or linux. A good thing since the official site is dead.

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Invader

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According to Greek mythology, the Amazons were a race of warrior women within ancient Greek civilization. They originated from the area around the Caucasus Range and settled in Asia Minor on the shores of the Black Sea. Women entirely ruled their society, and two queens, one for defense and one for domestic affairs, shared the sovereign rule.

Amazons is a two-player board game invented in 1988 by Walter Zamkauskas of Argentina. El Juego de las Amazonas (The Game of the Amazons) is a trademark of Ediciones de Mente.  It can be played on boards of arbitrary n x n size, however, it is usually played on a 10 x 10 board.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

Not a "classic" per se however a 10x10 checkers board and go stones are enough to play the game.

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Champion Go (Android Game)

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'Crazy Stone' is a popularly known Go engine, based on the Monte-Carlo evaluation technique, combined with tree search, and has achieved 4d at KGS* rating. We have optimized this particular version for Android.

 

- 'Champion Go' has 2 game modes, Normal game & Medal challenge.
In Medal challenge, there are 150 different levels of play set by combination of 'COM level', 'handicap' & 'board size'. You can win medals by defeating computer under the specified conditions. Why don't you challenge to collect all the medals!


- There are 3 options of input methods (Zoom, Cursor & Touch).


- View full game history in the game record and restart game from the selected move, which should help reviewing your game. Various Game record features should be practical for improving your Go.


- Other Features :

 

・Human vs Computer, Human vs Human(sharing a single device) / 3 types of board size (9x9,13x13,19x19) / Handicap games, variable options of komi / Hint (suggest) / Instant Undo (available even when the computer is thinking) / Automatic territory calculation / Suspend/Re-start (in game) / Save/Load game record / Send game record (sgf-file) by e-mail / Automatic and manual replay of a game record / Byoyomi (time limit) settings (only for human) / Atari warning / Highlight the last move

 

 

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

A very polished game, beautiful graphics, strong engine and lots of strength levels. Definitely a must have, as usual with Unbalance Corp apps. Not free but  sold at a reasonable price.

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Stockfish

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Stockfish is a powerful and open source UCI chess engine by Tord Romstad, Marco Costalba, and Joona Kiiski.
Yannick Kilberger's insight:

Maybe the most powerful free chess engine and close to being the most powerful of all. I do not think any non-professional player could need more. I also use "droidfish" on my android tablet.

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Chess for Android

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Chess for Android consists of a chess engine and a GUI.

 

- An optional "move coach" highlights valid user moves during input and last played engine move.

- Full game navigation buttons enable users to correct mistakes or analyze games.

- Games import and export as FEN/PGN to and from the clipboard, load and save as file, are set up through a position editor, or import as application/x-chess-pgn MIME type on startup.

 - The engine plays at various levels (including random, against itself in auto-play, or free-play, where the game can be used as a "magnetic chessboard").

- The application supports the Universal Chess Interface (UCI) and Chess Engine Communication Protocol (WinBoard and XBoard), which allows users to play against more powerful third party engines or even play tournaments between engines...

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

A simple and efficient application for android.

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