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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Playing Chess With The Terminal
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Macworld recently posted an article on Sjeng, an open source chess engine available through the Terminal in Mac OS X. The article explains how to get started with the ASCII based chess program and offers tips and tricks for getting the most out of the "old school" gaming experience.

Why would you want to do this? Honestly, I’m not sure—perhaps you’re a chess addict, playing for hours on end, and you’re tired of all the beautiful 3-D eye candy in the GUI version. Or maybe you’re a purist, and you prefer to enter your moves in algebraic chess notation, instead of dragging pieces around.

Below the board you’ll see the Sjeng: command prompt; this is where you interact with the program. Chess moves are entered in standard chess notation, using the row and column labels shown at the edges of the board. An opening move for white’s pawn, for instance, would be d2d4. After you move (press Return to execute your move), Sjeng will ponder for a bit, then make its move. Continue in this manner until someone wins, or you grow bored of chess and decide to quit. (Type quit to do so.)

Sjeng has a number of options to control things such as the time per move and how well the computer plays; you can read about these options by typing help at the Sjeng command prompt.
Head over to the link below to read more.

Macworld: Play Chess Old-School Style

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