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GNU Chess 5.08 released

From: Simon Waters
Subject: GNU Chess 5.08 released
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:02:13 +0000
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What is GNU Chess?

GNU Chess is a free chess-playing program developed as part of
the GNU project of the Free Software Foundation.

Although GNU Chess can be used as a chess program it is typically used
in association with a separate graphical front end such as the Xboard

GNU Chess is written in C and should be portable to most general
purpose computers.

What is new in GNU Chess 5.08?

- GNU Chess is now distributed under GNU GPLv3
- bug fixes including GCCv4 compilation
- added memory command

The fixes include improvements and simplifications of the programs
positional evaluation function. As a result of these fixes this is the
strongest version of GNU Chess 5 to date.

Most of the remaining changes are designed to ensure that GNU Chess can
more easily be used by third party tools, such as in automated
competitions between chess engines.

Where can I get GNU Chess 5.08?

The source code is available at in
file gnuchess-5.08.tar.gz

Where next with GNU Chess?

GNU Chess 5 is no longer being actively developed, Antonio Ceballos is
working on GNU Chess 6 which is based on the Fruit Engine by Fabien
Letouzey and some GNU Chess 5 code, with the intent of producing a
stronger engine, which supports Winboard and UCI protocol, and provides
good backward compatibility. These are currently labelled as GNU Chess
5.9.9x and can be found at the Alpha FTP site.

Thanks to the many people who have contributed improvements and
suggestions for this release, especial thanks are due to Lars Mathiesen
and Michel Van den Bergh for their patches and suggestions. Apologies to
those whose contributions didn't make this release, and for my tardiness
is producing this release.

Xboard is available from the GNU Project website.

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