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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.

Official site: SparkChess.com
Author: Armand Niculescu.
Support: Liviu Niculescu.
Additional art: Marius Borcea and Mihai Radu.
Multiplayer: Union Platform

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Sparkchess is Registered Trademark of Armand Niculescu

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Cody
Still learning the basics, Cody blunders, making him a good opponent for kids and beginners.
Deon
Deon knows the rules but doesn't have a clear strategy, so he easily falls in traps.
Claire
Your best partner for a quick game during the coffee break, Claire has a fast and friendly style.
Boris
Fast and aggressive, Boris is a powerful opponent for more advanced players.
Guru
This old master is slow but deadly. Are you up to the challenge?
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        Infographic: All World Chess Champions

        Infographic: All World Chess Champions

        We all know that Magnus Carlsen is the World Chess Champion, but who was the first one? And when? Even less is known about women champions. You probably have heard about Susan Polgar, but who is the current woman chess champion?

        Infographic: Chess Players Titles and Ratings in 2019

        Infographic: Chess Players Titles and Ratings in 2019

        Have you ever wondered just how many chess players are in the world? How many of them are women? And what’s with all the titles like chess master and international master? Who is the top chess player ever?

        Infographic: Countries With Most Chess Grandmasters

        Infographic: Countries With Most Chess Grandmasters

        Have you ever wondered which countries produced more chess grandmasters? Or in which countries are women more interested in chess? Is there a correlation between the population of the country and the number of grandmasters it produced?

        Six Degrees of Separation and One Day More at the World Chess Championship

        Six Degrees of Separation and One Day More at the World Chess Championship

        The recent World Chess Championship made me think of two iconic phrases. The first phrase is “six degrees of separation,” which states that a chain of “friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in six steps. In this article, I’ll share my two-step connections to the challenger, Fabiano Caruana, and to former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. The second phrase is “One Day More,” which is both a song lyric and a song title from the musical Les Misérables.

        Stop those pawns!

        Stop those pawns

        In an endgame, stop your opponent’s pawn or pawns from promoting. A queen ahead in an endgame will likely win. In today’s article, the winning side stops two pawns before promoting its own pawn.

        Unexpected Opening Moves: Petroff’s Defense

        Unexpected Opening Moves: Petroff’s Defense

        The first 10 moves of a chess game, called the “opening,” can be a minefield. Although following opening principles — such as controlling the center, developing your minor pieces (bishops and knights), and castling — usually succeeds, you also have to know some common opening traps. In this article, the Petroff’s Defense trap is explained.

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