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Old 11-17-2006, 06:08 AM   #1
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Can anyone beat XBoard chess?


It always wins. Im getting better, but not good enough.
 
Old 11-17-2006, 06:12 AM   #2
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I've tried numerous times, always failing even more quickly then I hope well, I'm not that good in chess anyway (just and just beat my cellphone's computer chess if I set it's level to be 'ape'...not too good, ay?) so I think it's just me.

Computers are pretty good in chess (they don't really know how to play it, just obey the rules) since they can calculate the moves forward, both your and it's own, but they have one big weakness (at least at the moment): they don't learn. So if you find out a way to trick the computer, you can trick it several times the same way since it probably just won't learn it's been fooled (DeepBlue won the chess match probably because it's code was fixed before the last game, to make it stop fooling around). So I think somebody might beat XBoard, but that somebody isn't going to be me.

I'll just stick with atom physics, it's soooo much easier.
 
Old 11-17-2006, 07:34 AM   #3
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possible but hard!

I am college student. My college chess champ has played 11 matches against it , he could beat it 4 times , it won for 7 times.
so got the point!
 
Old 11-17-2006, 07:45 AM   #4
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Chess?

Oh, you mean that little game on a board with white and black squares and shiny little ivory pieces shaped in different forms eh?

 
Old 11-17-2006, 07:51 AM   #5
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Well, it's good to know I'm not alone then, now I don't feel so bad.
 
Old 11-17-2006, 07:57 AM   #6
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Hehehe... and I thought I was dumb as well.

No, xboard is a monster which I don't invoke these days.
 
Old 11-17-2006, 01:17 PM   #7
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I love chess, but like some of the others, it's frustrating to *always* lose. I don't mind losing some of the time, but in order to improve, you must also win a few times (otherwise you have no idea whether or not your strategies are actually any good or not)

In any case, is there a chess program that either a.) only plays at a beginner level, or b.) has a configurable skill level?
 
Old 11-17-2006, 01:20 PM   #8
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Chess hmm., i can play poker
 
Old 11-17-2006, 02:28 PM   #9
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I used to think I knew how to play chess till I ran into xboard. I thought I was cool and half intelligent setting up slackware after a 5 year absence, but xboard slapped it out of me.
 
Old 11-18-2006, 07:48 AM   #10
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I've never had luck with computer chess. Unfortunately part of the problem is the computer reaction time which makes it kind of intimidating. Another problem is that the pre-programmed sequences are so sophisticated that no layman can figure out what strategy can allow you to win easily.

A lot of strategy in a game like chess depends on the ability to pressurize the opponent into making mistakes at crucial times and as far as the computer goes, that ability is lacking on our side which makes it so much more of a challenge.

If international grandmasters struggle with computer chess programs (albeit a lot more complex than probably xboard) I can only surmise how an averagely talented chess player can hope to perform.

And as J.W. says, we kind of give up after successive losses as gamers...

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Old 11-18-2006, 06:36 PM   #11
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I have not givin up yet. I have been getting closer to a win, starting with the kings pawn opening. But the xboard seems to adjust to strategies and quickly puts me on the defensive and ultimately, a losing track. This game has more moves than a stripper at the nudey bar.
 
Old 11-18-2006, 09:27 PM   #12
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I beat it all the time.

Then I wake up and go about my daily business.
 
Old 11-21-2006, 04:58 AM   #13
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I'm professional chess player I'm beating xboard chess without any serious problems 8)

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Old 11-21-2006, 05:13 AM   #14
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I mostly play on FICS (home site is down, but their server is still running).
Does XBoard still uses GNU Chess as default?
I find the Crafty engine more challenging(more variation).
I don't really understand its license though...

Last edited by jens; 11-21-2006 at 05:22 AM.
 
Old 11-21-2006, 06:23 AM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jens
I mostly play on FICS (home site is down, but their server is still running).
Does XBoard still uses GNU Chess as default?
I find the Crafty engine more challenging(more variation).
I don't really understand its license though...
If you guys beat Xboard regularly without retracting moves then my RedHat is off to you. You must have years of experience. Yes, xboard is GNU chess. I use E-board to connect to FICS, which has it's own engine as well, but I always play xboard, too many people at FICS cheat. If I ever beat xboard, I might try out crafty, Im not real concerned about licensing tho.
 
  


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