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Re:Chess on the DS
« on: August 3, 2009, 12:22PM »
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Cheers Tr0nTreez,

I had not come across DS Chess.  To be honest I had not actively looked for more chess titles on the DS.  Now that I do it seems there are quite a few...

DS Chess
Chess Crusade
Schach / Echecs / Ajedrez
Learn to play chess with Fritz and Chesster / Fritz & Fertig!: Schach lernen / Le Jeu d'Echecs avec Fritz et Bianca
Chess for Kids / Schach Attacke / Echecs : Apprends, Joue, et Gagne
Learn Chess
1500 DS Spirits Vol.7 Chess
Je DĂ©couvre les Echecs
Télé 7 Jeux: Echecs

Hmm, no rest for the wicked.  If anyone has PGNs of games between any of these titles playing at full strength without a time limit I would be interested in them.

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Re:Chess on the DS
« Reply #1 on: August 1, 2009, 02:49AM »
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You should check out the homebrew game Chess.NDS it's a port of the fruit chess engine onto the DS. I have this and Chessmaster - Art of learning. It feels a lot stronger then CM. The author reports  an elo of around 2100 . That said CM display is by far the best I have seen, nice large board and clear pieces.
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Re:Chess on the DS
« Reply #2 on: August 1, 2009, 01:17AM »
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Thanks Chubby
It's a refreshing change to read about another part of computer chess that we usully don't hear about.
Fritz is now appearing on most platforms so obviously good news if you own a DS.
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Chess on the DS
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009, 11:20AM »
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I have enjoyed playing chess on the DS for a while now.  Potentially it seems to be a great portable chess platform, with a bright clear touch screen, decent 67MHz ARM CPU (133MHz on the DSi), wifi and good battery life.

With the release of Fritz Chess I thought I might run a little tournament to see which of the 4 games I have plays the strongest.

The tournament was played between 42 All Time Classic Games, Chessmaster, Fritz Chess and Super Fun Chess  as a round robin, with no time limit.  In reality only a couple of games ran to more than an hour, with Fritz and 42 Classic Games playing decidedly slower than the other 2 engines.

So the results were...

ScoreFrChSu42
Fritz Chess5.0/6XX101111
Chessmaster - The Art Of Learning4.0/601XX1011
Super Fun Chess3.0/60001XX11
42 All Time Classics0.0/6000000XX


If anyone wants a PGN of all the games let me know.

So would I recommend Fritz?  Well no, personally I prefer Chessmaster.  I find Fritz's UI pretty poor, the board is not as clear as Chessmaster, the menu's are annoying because they unnecessarily force you to scroll around and double tap and the startup is laden with splash screens and videos.  I also feel that the Chessmaster plays a more aggressive and therefore fun game (although I am not really qualified to comment on this) which is enhanced by the different characters that make up the opponents.

Of course this is not to say that Chessmaster is the finished article.  It would be immeasurably improved by access to online servers, the ability to store, annotate and transfer games to a PC, and my pet peev with all chess computers a model of time use (so it is possible to win on time against a computer opponent).

But hey, in the land of the blind...


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