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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: Marius Borcea and Mihai Radu.
Multiplayer: Union Platform

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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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        Money for Love

        Money for Love

        The documentary The Gentleman Driver follows four amateur race car drivers who pay to compete alongside professional drivers. Just as these amateur drivers spend money to race, one amateur chess player likewise sponsors an annual event where he plays chess with professionals. Some amateurs spend millions to compete in the sports that they love, money that they earned from being extraordinary businessmen.

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        Win a chess book from Lauren Goodkind

        Lauren Goodkind

        Read an excerpt from a book-in-progress and then vote on a name for that book. The author of the book-in-progress, Lauren Goodkind, will pick one winner from the comments. That winner will receive a copy of her previous book 50 Poison Pieces: Solve 50 Puzzles Where the Unprotected Piece is Toxic.

        The Knight’s Tour

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        The knight’s tour is recommended by GM Susan Polgar. In her free Chess Training Guide for Parents and Teachers, she wrote, “Try to jump with the Knight from one square to another covering all 64 squares on the chess board, landing only once on each square.” When I taught BayAreaChess students, some taking their first chess class and others rated up to 1000, I included the knight’s tour.

        Instructional Chess Books for Christmas 2018

        Instructional Chess Books for Christmas 2018

        In this article, I review two instructional chess books published in 2018. Either one would make a great Christmas present! One is aimed at teachers, the other at kids. But both books would benefit chess players of any age, who know the rules of chess, have played several complete games, but are still learning tactical themes.

        Infographic: All World Chess Champions

        Infographic: All World Chess Champions

        We all know that Magnus Carlsen is the World Chess Champion, but who was the first one? And when? Even less is known about women champions. You probably have heard about Susan Polgar, but who is the current woman chess champion?

        Infographic: Chess Players Titles and Ratings in 2019

        Infographic: Chess Players Titles and Ratings in 2019

        Have you ever wondered just how many chess players are in the world? How many of them are women? And what’s with all the titles like chess master and international master? Who is the top chess player ever?

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