Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Oldest Chess Program

Putting my mind to things long ago (well 30 years or so), I'm trying to remember the earliest chess playing program I ever saw. It may have been a version of Sargon on a TRS-80 on display on a Tandy store (possibly at North Rocks Westfield around 1979), or it may have been the chess program you could get for the Microbee in the early 80's. Moving forward a few years, I do remember having a copy of Chessmaster 2000 and Battlechess, although as a serious player I had a preference for Zarkov. I even had a copy of Fritz 1 at one stage, but I can no longer find it. I even thought of writing my own on my Microbee, but as the only programming language I had acces to was BASIC, this proved impractical.

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