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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Apple Games Features Chess & Backgammon Classics
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Apple Games latest feature article offers a review of Chess & Backgammon Classics for iPod. The game brings the classic board games to Apple's multimedia device with 2D and 3D display modes, adaptable skill level dependent on player ability, and three different modes of play. The article includes a review of the game's features and a history of both board games.

When you select Chess Classics, you’ll also have the option of entering quiz mode or viewing classic matches, complete with commentary. Quiz mode presents you with 10 puzzles to solve, such as figuring out the correct move that will result in checkmate; your score depends on how quickly you determined the right answer.

The classic matches include such well-known battles as the split match between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov during the 1990 World Championship. You progress forward and backward through each contest one move at a time, with commentary appearing at key moments when the tenor of the action changed. You can even view a match played between early chess master Gioachino Greco and an unknown opponent during the 1600s.

The classic match commentary will help most chess players improve their games, but if you’re really inexperienced, you can also ask the computer for advice during a match. In addition to nine difficulty settings between “monkey” and “master,” you can give the computer one second, five seconds, or all the time it wants before determining a move. The faster it must make a decision, the greater the chance it will err.
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Apple Games: Chess & Backgammon Classics

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