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Monday, February 20, 2006

Pawn 2


Sometimes I love a game of chess with somebody. The problem is that there is no one to play with at home. Don't mistake me for a grandmaster or international master of chess, I am not. I know all the basic moves but yet, I am still learning. Moreover, I am not going to spend my money on a superb chess game like the ChessMaster 9000 because I only need to play chess sometimes.

Then I found out that there are freeware chess programs on the Internet. One of the best is Pawn 2. Curiously, they named it with the weakest piece in the game. If you want a free chess game for beginners with some options to tweak, then Pawn 2 is for you.

It's features:-

  • Save Game function - save your game to continue later, or yeah, for later analyzation.
  • Opponent Voice - the computer can talks with a man's or a woman's voice. Others were not included
  • Opponent level - defeat a strong computer opponent or you can slide that level up to embarrass a computer chess noob, and feeling good about yourself.
  • Hint - cheat and ask the computer opponent to give a clue on the next best move.
  • Move list - all the moves in the game are recorded on left side of the board, best used when pondering over things after straight losses to the opponent.
  • Selective search and hash tables - remove this opponents to make Pawn less stronger, strictly for learners like me.

Don't worry if you don't know chess. You can learn it by using tutorials all over the net. The hardest part it to find a sparring partner. In this case, you can use Pawn a stepping stone before dreaming to become the next Kasparov.

Download it from www.pawnchess.com

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