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Re:Colossus Chess - Still life in the old horse
« on: October 21, 2005, 07:53AM »
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Ryan,

after a divorce a man usually enjoys his freedom...I suppose thats exactly what he is doing right now

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2005, 06:59AM »
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Hi Mike
Maybe one of our American cousins knows Dan Spraklen and can pop round to see what he's up to these days ?!! 
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Re:Colossus Chess - Still life in the old horse
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2005, 06:45AM »
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Thanks for that Bryan. That brought back the memories.

In 1981 I happened across the Second European Microcomputer Chess Tournament at the PCW Show in London. I was intrigued by Martin Bryant's program White Knight so stopped to watch and chat. It was the first time I had seen a proper personal computer program in action and I was fascinated, not least by the display showing the expected line, evaluation, nodes etc. At the time I had a Sargon 2.5 and had seen other machines like the Sensory Voice, Mephisto etc but I had not seen anything like these programs. It was a revelation and I forgot all about the computer show and followed White Knight's game instead.

Over the years I bought several of Martin's programs for the BBC B, Commodore 64/128 and Amiga. It is good to know that he is still interested in chess.

I shall definitely watch progress on the Pocket PC project.

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Colossus Chess - Still life in the old horse
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2005, 04:49AM »
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The other week, I had contact with Martin Bryant author of Colossus Chess.
Martin doesn’t live too far away from me so it was good to hear that he hasn’t
abandoned chess altogether.
He still programs in his very limited spare time and has actually got a Pocket
PC GUI about 80% finished plus he’s working on a UCI chess engine at the moment.
Martin has also returned to playing chess at his local chess club in Bury,
Lancashire.
It would be good to see a new version of Colossus again plus the added bonus of
a possible Pocket PC version.
Anyone interested in Colossus can find Martins web site at the following
address.
http://www.colossus.demon.co.uk/home.htm
Do have a look at Martins pictorial guide to ‘What Programming is Really Like’
Brilliant !!
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