Friday, August 1, 2014

Chess Engines that play positional moves and speculative sacrifices like Mikhail Tal and Rashid Nezhmetdinov

Mikhail Tal. the famed 'Magician of Riga'.
Soviet-Latvian chess Grandmaster and the eighth World Chess Champion (from 1960 to 1961)(Source:

hess is art. Chess players who make speculative sacrifices are pure artists. Ever wanted to make your chess engine play like Mikhail Tal or Rashid Nezhmetdinov? In this short post, I will show you some commercial chess engines with aggressive personalities that allow you to do just that. I will also introduce to you what I think is the best free chess engine, ever! I'm not talking about a 2014-ish free chess engine. Instead this baby came out in 2004, more than a decade ago! More on it later.

To tell you the truth, this post has nothing to do with Moodle. The only link I can give you between Moodle and chess is that both are educational in nature. Another motive for this post is that I would also like to see Malaysia produce its first chess Grandmaster. One way as I see it is to revive the interest in chess in Malaysia. Chess needs to be made exciting and artistic. A good way for Malaysian juniors is to emulate the play of past chess heroes and to play adventurously, bravely, speculatively, and, dare I say it, Tal-like.

This post is divided into 3 parts. Well, let's get on with it shall we?

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