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About SparkChess®

SparkChess was designed to be fun for you to learn, practice and play with your friends; it does not replace a professional chess tutor.

The SparkChess AI chess engine featues NegaMax with 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.
QA: Liviu Niculescu.
Additional art: Marius Borcea and Mihai Radu.
Multiplayer: Union Platform

Copyright ©2002-2018 Armand Niculescu / Media Division srl. All rights reserved.
Sparkchess is Registered Trademark of Armand Niculescu

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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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        Prizes for your questions for chess coach Elliott Neff

        Northwest University

        Want to win a one-year SparkChess Premium Live membership and a one-year Chess4Life Online Premium membership (valued at $99) at online.chess4life.com? In the comments to this article, ask National Master Elliott Neff a question. On May 25, SparkChess writer Alexey Root will select the five best questions from the comments. The commenters who asked the “five best” questions will each win a one-year Premium Live membership to SparkChess.

        Learn a basic endgame checkmate from Elliott Neff

        King + Knight + Bishop vs King chess endgame

        When facing a lone king, you should know how to checkmate if you have king, a knight, and bishop. Most videos only show the checkmate when the king is already on the edge of the board. But it is important to learn what to do when the defending king starts in the center. NM Elliott Neff shows how to drive the defender’s king from the center to the edge of the board and then follow it up with checkmate.

        The “ask a chess celebrity” winners are…

        The “ask a chess celebrity” winners are…

        SparkChess readers had questions for chess IM John Bartholomew. We decided which questions were the best ones. All five readers received one-year Premium Live SparkChess memberships. Read on to find out which of the five also won a three-month PRO membership to Chessable and for John Bartholomew’s answers.

        Prizes for your questions for chess celebrity John Bartholomew

        John Bartholomew

        Want to win a three-month PRO membership to Chessable or a one-year SparkChess Premium Live membership? In the comments to this article, ask International Master John Bartholomew a question. On April 22, we'll select the five best questions from the comments. Those “five best” will each win a one-year Premium Live membership to SparkChess. Then John will choose the very best question from my top five. The person who asked that “best question” will receive both a one-year Premium Live membership to SparkChess and a three-month PRO membership to Chessable. John will answer all five questions in my next article for Spark Chess. Read on to win (and to learn the Lucena position).

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        The Final Four of College Chess

        Unlike many U.S. universities, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) does not have a football team. Instead, UTD has a chess team. In 2018 Final Four teams of the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championships are Webster, Saint Louis University, Texas Tech University (TTU), and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Can you predict the order of finish of the four teams and the game points scored by the winning team? Ten Premium Live one-year memberships to Spark Chess will be awarded to participants in this contest.