Armand Niculescu

Old vs New: The SparkChess board redesign

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Old vs new SparkChess board

With the new board design we introduced for SparkChess 10, some people were left wondering if the change was really necessary . After all, the old design has served the community for eight years and people grew attached to it. Far from us to pursue change for its own sake. In this post I’ll try to explain the reasons for the redesign.

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Classic Sicilian Counterplay

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white's position is hopeless

White doesn’t really understand the opening. Black’s play is organized and coherent, so it’s no surprise that he quickly gains the advantage. White makes an unsound exchange sacrifice. Black defends, there is a tactical flurry, and the game ends soon after that.

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How we test SparkChess across platforms

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How we test SparkChess across platforms

SparkChess 9 is now available on all major platforms and devices, completing a cycle started last year. You may be wondering why the mobile version came out a month and a half after the desktop version. Read on to learn how we test it.

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What would you like to see in SparkChess multiplayer next?

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SparkChess 7 has been rock solid for the past year, with an uptime of 99.98% and almost all feedback from you is positive. Still, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve the game and the way you play with it. We’re now looking at some changes and additions and we’d like your feedback.

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Chess is fun!

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Chess doesn’t have to be boring. Long, slow games are not a requirement. A chess computer AI doesn’t have to be a cold, merciless terminator. Playing chess online in multiplayer doesn’t have to be complicated or subject to bullying. Yes, you can actually have fun with chess. We assembled a video of what SparkChess can do.

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Viswanathan Anand vs. Magnus Carlsen at World Chess Championship 2013

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Former World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand, fought to defend his title against Magnus Carlsen. If you own SparkChess 7 Full Version you can download the PGN database and replay the games at your leisure.

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