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MachineOfTheMonth: Using Linux to play chess part 2

Jun 24, 2000, 19:49 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Glenn Mullikin for this link. ]

"In part 1 we looked at using xboard with freechess.org to play chess over the internet. I want to take a look at some of the features of this free service. And I also want to discuss portable game notation, the html of chess."

"Portable game notation was invented a long time ago, probably before the internet became such a great way to distribute chess games but I would imagine the internet was a driving influence in it. What we have is a simple way to represent chess games so that no matter what chess program you use as a graphical user interface, it should be able to open a pgn file and play through the game(s) therein. ... The benefits of using a gui to be able to play through games in pgn notation is that you don't have to get out your chess board to play through a game. Although some would argue that is the best way to do it, you can do it much quicker with the computer..."

"Playing against computers is not as fun for me as playing against people but they do have their place. Grandmasters use computers to prepare for tournaments. Computers are useful in analyzing positions if you have the specialized software and also chess databases on cd-rom are available that give in-depth coverage of particular positions and openings."

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