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SparkChess is a game of chess that everyone can enjoy!

The SparkChess AI chess engine features NegaMax, Alpha-Beta Pruning, Aspiration Window, Iterative Deepening, Time Management, Principal Variation, Quiescence, Transposition Tables, History Heuristics, Null moves, Eval Pruning, Killer Moves, Late Moves Reduction, Razoring, Opening Books.

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Author: Armand Niculescu.
Support: Liviu Niculescu.
Additional art: Marius Borcea and Mihai Radu.
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Still learning the basics, Cody blunders, making him a good opponent for kids and beginners.
Deon knows the rules but doesn't have a clear strategy, so he easily falls in traps.
Your best partner for a quick game during the coffee break, Claire has a fast and friendly style.
Fast and aggressive, Boris is a powerful opponent for more advanced players.
This old master is slow but deadly. Are you up to the challenge?
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        Final Four of College Chess – and YOU could be a Winner!

        Pep Rally March 28 at UT Dallas

        New year, new contest! Read on for which colleges are competing in the 2019 Final Four, coming up April 6-7 at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City. Predict the winner and the order in which the four teams finish to win a SparkChess Premium Live Membership.

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        Summer Chess Camps – Contest

        Summer camp

        Chess camps can be a great introduction to chess for beginners and give experienced players the skills they need to improve their chess results. Most chess camps are for children, but some camps are now open to adults too. FIDE Master and FIDE Trainer Kevin Bachler became involved in chess camps in 1996. This summer, Kevin is running two week-long camps, OleChess Camp in Minnesota and Caveman Chess Camp in Naperville, Illinois (Chicago area). Read on for Kevin’s tips for choosing a summer chess camp and for your chance to win a discount worth $200 to Kevin’s Caveman Chess Camp.

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        U.S. Senior Women’s Championship?

        Alina Markowski

        Although most tournaments include men (and boys), there are occasional all-girls tournaments, female-only opens, and women’s invitational tournaments. The most prestigious invitational women’s tournaments held annually in the U.S. are the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship and the Cairns Cup, won its inaugural year (2019) by GM Valentina Gunina, age 29. The oldest, and lowest-rated, player in the 2019 Cairns Cup field was 40-year-old IM Anna Zatonskih.

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        Money for Love

        Money for Love

        The documentary The Gentleman Driver follows four amateur race car drivers who pay to compete alongside professional drivers. Just as these amateur drivers spend money to race, one amateur chess player likewise sponsors an annual event where he plays chess with professionals. Some amateurs spend millions to compete in the sports that they love, money that they earned from being extraordinary businessmen.

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        Win a chess book from Lauren Goodkind

        Lauren Goodkind

        Read an excerpt from a book-in-progress and then vote on a name for that book. The author of the book-in-progress, Lauren Goodkind, will pick one winner from the comments. That winner will receive a copy of her previous book 50 Poison Pieces: Solve 50 Puzzles Where the Unprotected Piece is Toxic.

        The Knight’s Tour

        Bay Area Chess

        The knight’s tour is recommended by GM Susan Polgar. In her free Chess Training Guide for Parents and Teachers, she wrote, “Try to jump with the Knight from one square to another covering all 64 squares on the chess board, landing only once on each square.” When I taught BayAreaChess students, some taking their first chess class and others rated up to 1000, I included the knight’s tour.

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