Altair Chess

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Altair Chess

Postby Mark Kipping » November 2nd, 2014, 3:09 pm

Hi everyone,

As far as I can see, at least two chess programs have been written (not in BASIC) for the Altair 8800.

One of these is "Chess Master" by Dynacomp(?)
In 1976 Ronald Nelson developed a chess program for the Altair 8800. This could be the same software, I don't know.

Would there be a way to have one of these chess games available as a "disk" that can be loaded in the Altair Clone?
Regards,

Mark
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Re: Altair Chess

Postby jibanes » November 2nd, 2014, 7:18 pm

+1
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Re: Altair Chess

Postby toml_12953 » November 3rd, 2014, 6:11 am

Mark Kipping wrote:Hi everyone,

As far as I can see, at least two chess programs have been written (not in BASIC) for the Altair 8800.

One of these is "Chess Master" by Dynacomp(?)
In 1976 Ronald Nelson developed a chess program for the Altair 8800. This could be the same software, I don't know.

Would there be a way to have one of these chess games available as a "disk" that can be loaded in the Altair Clone?

It should be easy enough to do yourself if you have the object code as a bin file on the PC. You can transfer individual files to/from the Clone.

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Re: Altair Chess

Postby Mark Kipping » November 3rd, 2014, 12:47 pm

Thanks, Tom!

I'll try to find object code that I can use for this.
I've found it for a Sol20 computer, but I think that will need many modifications to work on a terminal screen as a display...

And I've found the executable file SARGON.COM, that seems to be running on CP/M 2.2.
I'm not sure if this would run on the Altair.
Regards,

Mark
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Re: Altair Chess

Postby AltairClone » November 3rd, 2014, 2:40 pm

Mark Kipping wrote:And I've found the executable file SARGON.COM, that seems to be running on CP/M 2.2.
I'm not sure if this would run on the Altair.


I've recently looked at the source for the first version of SARGON and unfortunately, it won't run on an 8080 processor as it utilizes many Z-80 specific instructions.

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Re: Altair Chess

Postby quincy451 » December 25th, 2018, 9:34 am

Well is z80 support possible?
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Re: Altair Chess

Postby kwiebe » February 27th, 2019, 8:08 pm

What about Microchess?

http://s3data.computerhistory.org/chess/microchess-for-8080-062302029.pdf

Would that work?

Here is the thread discussing several programs, including Microchess:

http://hiarcs.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8751&sid=e2ac3f310e7aa95c9458c27c8a1ac35a

In the thread there is also a download link for an archive of the chess programs.
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Re: Altair Chess

Postby Synoptic » March 1st, 2019, 5:34 pm

hmm
I could put that on my telnet altair. A chess game...

Just need to remember how to compile my menu.com ;P
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