Holy moly! The 12th World Computer Chess Championship started on July 4! The participants include most notable chess engines, like Crafty, Fritz, and Shredder. I wonder why The King (Chessmaster‘s engine) didn’t participate.
I used to play chess a lot, but I don’t know anyone to play regularly now. I could play online at the multitude of online chess games available, but I’ve never been comfortable playing that way; I need a real board in front of me that shakes when I bang the table in frustration at some stupid move.
I wrote a small chess engine once, around the time I developed Utter. I never released it to the public and the source is long gone now, so don’t go asking for it!