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SparkChess is a game of chess that everyone can enjoy!

The SparkChess AI chess engine features NegaMax, Alpha-Beta Pruning, Aspiration Window, Iterative Deepening, Time Management, Principal Variation, Quiescence, Transposition Tables, History Heuristics, Null moves, Eval Pruning, Killer Moves, Late Moves Reduction, Razoring, Opening Books.

Official site: SparkChess.com
Author: Armand Niculescu
Support: Liviu Niculescu
Additional art: Mihai Radu
Multiplayer: Union Platform

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Cody
Still learning the basics, Cody blunders, making him a good opponent for kids and beginners.
Deon
Deon knows the rules but doesn't have a clear strategy, so he easily falls in traps.
Claire
Your best partner for a quick game during the coffee break, Claire has a fast and friendly style.
Boris
Fast and aggressive, Boris is a powerful opponent for more advanced players.
Guru
This old master is slow but deadly. Are you up to the challenge?
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        Simultaneous Chess Exhibition

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        Better than Others

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        From Chess Player to Chess Advocate

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        London Chess Conference

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        Participants from more than 50 countries are expected for the 2019 London Chess Conference, coming up November 30-December 1. There is still time to register. The day after the conference ends, the London Chess Classic begins. The London Chess Classic features some of the best chess players in the world, headlined by the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.

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