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Re: bout this app" page says "Chess engine develop

Post by Tord Romstad » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:19 am

JuLieN wrote:"Chess engine developed by Tord Romstad." ;)
True, that's what I've been working on the last few months. I've just returned from the launch party. :)

Basically, the chess engine is a modified version of Glaurung (not Stockfish, since that wouldn't have been possible for copyright reasons) with some improvements and adjustments to make its style a little more similar to Magnus', and special opening libraries for each level, based on the games Magnus played around that age.

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Re: Play Magnus: official App with Chess Engine

Post by Tord Romstad » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:22 am

fern wrote:As always , no PC version.
Few people play chess on PCs these days, and I'm afraid a PC version doesn't have a very high priority at the moment. An Android version may happen in the not too distant future, though.

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Re: Play Magnus: official App with Chess Engine

Post by yanquis1972 » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:00 am

Tord Romstad wrote:
fern wrote:As always , no PC version.
Few people play chess on PCs these days, and I'm afraid a PC version doesn't have a very high priority at the moment. An Android version may happen in the not too distant future, though.
ports are really that difficult? i dont understand why chrome cant run a lot of these things natively, but i guess thats neither here nor there.

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Re: Play Magnus: official App with Chess Engine

Post by gerold » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:33 am

Nice. Thanks for the info. Julien.

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Re: bout this app" page says "Chess engine develop

Post by IGarcia » Wed Feb 26, 2014 1:52 am

JuLieN wrote:
mwyoung wrote:I already have a app that lets me dumb down the computers play. I will play stockfish against the Magnus computer. To see if I can win a chance to play the real Magnus. :)
Hehe, sounds dirty. ;)

BTW, the "About This App" page says : "Chess engine developed by Tord Romstad." ;)

7-years old Magnus just found a way to get perpetual check against distracted me... :oops:
Cheater!

What else do you expect from someone who quotes a giant post only to do a one line comment :roll:

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Re: bout this app" page says "Chess engine develop

Post by Edsel Apostol » Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:00 am

Tord Romstad wrote:
JuLieN wrote:"Chess engine developed by Tord Romstad." ;)
True, that's what I've been working on the last few months. I've just returned from the launch party. :)

Basically, the chess engine is a modified version of Glaurung (not Stockfish, since that wouldn't have been possible for copyright reasons) with some improvements and adjustments to make its style a little more similar to Magnus', and special opening libraries for each level, based on the games Magnus played around that age.
It seems like a great app! Good to see you back doing chess engine programming. Looking forward to have it on the Android.

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Re: Play Magnus: official App with Chess Engine

Post by AdminX » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:58 am

I was not going to even try this app, that is until I just found out that Tord was involved! :lol: I have now installed the iPhone version on my iPad. Beat the 5 and 7 year old personalities and working my way up the ladder. The 10 year will most likely wipe the floor with me. 8-) Are there any plans to create an iPad version? I have not looked at the training modes yet. Still it looks fun. I plan on using this with my youngest son (Age 2) when I start teaching him to play chess. Thanks for sharing this.
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Re: bout this app" page says "Chess engine develop

Post by casaschi » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:09 pm

Tord Romstad wrote:
JuLieN wrote:"Chess engine developed by Tord Romstad." ;)
True, that's what I've been working on the last few months. I've just returned from the launch party. :)

Basically, the chess engine is a modified version of Glaurung (not Stockfish, since that wouldn't have been possible for copyright reasons) with some improvements and adjustments to make its style a little more similar to Magnus', and special opening libraries for each level, based on the games Magnus played around that age.
Congratulations!
The google translation of this Norwegian article make you a millionaire by now ;-)
http://www.dn.no/forsiden/etterBors/article2772522.ece
"Play Magnus" has so far cost more than three million dollars to develop, but is free to download from Apple's appstore.

- Most of these are one-time costs to develop chess engine behind the app, says Brandt.
I suspect though this might just be a marketing exaggeration... :-(

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Re: bout this app" page says "Chess engine develop

Post by hgm » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:17 pm

What the article fails to point out is that Tord had to pay this M$ 3 himself, in terms of freely donated man hours. :lol:

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Re: bout this app" page says "Chess engine develop

Post by casaschi » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:25 pm

hgm wrote:What the article fails to point out is that Tord had to pay this M$ 3 himself, in terms of freely donated man hours. :lol:
Makes sense: that's how Carlsen can afford to give the app away for free. ;-)

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