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Zillions of Games. It can play an endless variety of abstract board games, and we have a large collection of Chess variants you can play on it.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Robert Mate wrote on 2021-11-05 UTC

Yes, that's what I did. We were in the same room and couldn't get it connected up in Windows 10 :p


Robert Mate wrote on 2021-10-16 UTC

Guess I could try emulating windows 95


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Robert Mate wrote on 2021-09-25 UTC

Not sure if it's a bug, but for example, fairy-max should be able to play Los Alamos but can't. I've seen keywords "losalamos" and "los-alamos". Perhaps better access to the keywords?


Robert Mate wrote on 2021-09-21 UTC

For the future, have you considered implementing NNUE? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficiently_updatable_neural_network

It would be a solution for piece drop games, and you'd be the only one doing this with large variants in mind.


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Robert Mate wrote on 2021-08-31 UTC

Still works in Windows 10, but can't get any internet play to work. If anyone out there knows how to set it up I'd be grateful.


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Robert Mate wrote on 2021-08-28 UTC

Pocket Knight Crash: For the first move, pick up the pocket knight and then put in back in the same place.


Robert Mate wrote on 2021-08-05 UTC

I just noticed a bug. If all I do is start a game, make one move, and then take back the move while the computer is thinking.. it crashes. This happens in 2.2 and the new update.


Robert Mate wrote on 2021-08-05 UTC

Silverman and Microchess cvc files. Microchess is playable between humans, but crashes the ChessV engine. Not sure why.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8t14o11x6lq5294/AACVwG8aPAtAswr-LUd0EqZDa?dl=0

EDIT: I'm slowly adding small chess variants here.


Robert Mate wrote on 2021-01-24 UTC

I would like to script some small chess variants. I started by looking at the Los Alamos chess, but can't figure out how to enable castling or allow an initial double pawn move.


Robert Mate wrote on 2020-11-26 UTC

Ok I went back and checked on the castling using only the ChessV engine with default settings with me as white. I've been playing mostly standard, gothic, and omega. Of three quick openings/midgames, Omega alone castled. What seems to happen is that the engine will push pawns away from a potential castle position before it gets the chance to castle into it.

On a different note, I tried to get P2P.exe (http://hgm.nubati.net/p2p.html) to work with this to play over the internet, but through no fault of either programmer, it won't work. This is because when you bring up the engine settings there should be a specialized window, but in ChessV there is always the same variation, weakening, etc. I only bring this up bcs there might be an easy fix ;)


elco2 wrote on 2020-11-20 UTC

Having used a lot of Zillions, I really like this interface, and the fact that a few extra engines come pre-installed. Zillions is all tactics, but I don't think these engines are.

AI never castles, but it probably wouldn't without an opening book, and making 100 opening books seems a bit much :o

Everything I would want in western chess variants, but I hope someday someone will add Asian variants. That someone might be me if I can find enough time.


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