"It just isn't conceivable that you can design a program strong enough to beat players like me."

February 8, 2015

New Android XB engine: Chess Rikus 1.466.JA

No more than ten minutes ago, in my last post i was murmuring Jim Ablett didn't release today any engine for Android.

He has just disproved my statement. VoilĂ , Chess Rikus, a very old engine most of computer chess fans never heard of. Let me tell you they are just too young to have known about it.

Rikus was written by Jeff Bischoff and abandoned since 2005, when the last version, now ported to Android, had been released. If you are curious about its strength, CCRL says 1616 ELO for 40m/4' time control. Expect max 1500 on Android.

I wanted to quickly spread that retro stuff HERE without any functionality test, hoping it works fine. So don't hesitate to comment about any issues which may arise.

P.S.: Plays fine with 5 sec/move so far. Waiting for some finished test games to verify tournament compatibility.

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