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by sydney
Wed Feb 03, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

Thanks for getting the move information from the video Ed. I didn't have much room on my desk last night for a pen and paper as my laptop was facing the PC monitor to show the game to the ABug. Round one is complete and round two will begin with Colossus chess Vs superior chess followed by White Kni...
by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

The higher level yielded a very similar result so I've stuck with the level 7 video which had less pauses by me in it.
https://youtu.be/zpsstrnqxaA

by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

At the end of the game White Knight 12 had taken an emulated 17 hours and ten minutes thinking time compared to Micropowers 4 hours an 19 minutes. I'm considering upping the level on Micro power to see if it provides stiffer opposition.
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by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

White Knight 12 has a very similar interface to Colossus and so I'm going to set it up in the same way as I set Colossus. Off to test micro power chess now.
Micropower suggests level 7 will take 30 minutes per move which is what White Knight 12 is set to so I'll try that.
by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

I'm going to try to get match 4 completed during tonight's ABug.
by sydney
Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Looking for advice on Beeb Purchase
Replies: 14
Views: 493

Re: Looking for advice on Beeb Purchase

flaxcottage wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:03 am
I love this. Two respondents and two completely different opinions. :lol:

Now if we'd been teachers there would have been three different opinions! :twisted:
Dave Hitchins will be along soon to tell you you are all wrong and you should buy an electron.
by sydney
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: general
Topic: riscosblog.co.uk
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: riscosblog.co.uk

by sydney
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: 6502 BBC micro ide development
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: 6502 BBC micro ide development

It sounds interesting but I can't see any way to start a BBC project. BBC support is recently added so maybe things will improve.
by sydney
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

It was a pretty easy win in the end for Colossus. It's quite hard to pay attention to what is happening while entering moves as I find myself being distracted and missing a move!
by sydney
Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

Here is the match! https://www.youtube.com/v/cciIUYuTLm8&hl=en&fs=1 BEEBCHESS COLOSSUS 1 D2 D4 G8 F6 2 G2 G4 F6 G4 3 B1 D2 E7 E5 4 D2 F3 E5 E4 5 C1 D2 E4 F3 6 E2 E4 D8 H4 7 D1 F3 B8 C6 8 F1 C1 G4 F6 9 E4 E5 C6 D4 10 F3 D3 H4 E4 11 D3 E4 F6 E4 12 E1 C1 E4 F2 13 D2 E3 F2 D1 14 E3 D4 C7 C5 15 ...
by sydney
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

So I finally got some time to myself today and managed to do some testing on Colossus Chess and BeebChess. BeebChess: Since it doesn't seem possible to make it play against itself I set it to the middle level and played a few moves myself. The levels work as follows - x.yy where x is the 'level' and...
by sydney
Fri Jan 08, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

I've done a small amount of testing with Superior Chess this morning. It's quite difficult to decide how to set the level with so many options that affect the time taken to make a move so I've decided to keep everything but the 'level' option at the default. With the level set to 6 it takes 8m 45s r...
by sydney
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10 reinstall help needed
Replies: 26
Views: 874

Re: Windows 10 reinstall help needed

I couldn't find a way to install it without a Microsoft account but have been able to do n the past. My download was of the October 2020 update so maybe that's when it changed.
by sydney
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

I've just uploaded the raw 18 minute video for the Acornsoft testing here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31Ma5rLEMJA Level 8 took forever to make just two moves so I stopped it halfway through the video and replaced it with levels 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and 0. I'll take a look at it later today or tomorrow ...
by sydney
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

Thanks for your input Chris. The problems I was having turned out to be with my expectations of the performance of both Acornsoft and Superior chess. They must take days to make a move on the highest level using a standard beeb. I can't imagine they have ever been played at that level. The games don...
by sydney
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10 reinstall help needed
Replies: 26
Views: 874

Re: Windows 10 reinstall help needed

I only have Linux on my two machines now which makes running the media creation tool problematic. I ended up disconnecting for the internet, creating approximately 100mb of space on the laptops drive to stop it constantly crashing, copying the iso to one usb stick and using Rufus to write it to anot...
by sydney
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10 reinstall help needed
Replies: 26
Views: 874

Re: Windows 10 reinstall help needed

That's a good idea and I might end up using it when she next needs help with it. I had a good chat with her when I dropped it off and it's her son that mainly uses it for college. It turns out he only uses Google, the online version of office 365 and Gmail so I've suggested next time I stick Linux o...
by sydney
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10 reinstall help needed
Replies: 26
Views: 874

Re: Windows 10 reinstall help needed

Thanks for all the help, it now has nice (maybe not!) fresh install of windows 10. The C: drive was completely full, 0 bytes free. Every time I made space it tried to continue updating and filled it back up. I disconnected from the internet to stop that happening. I tried running the recovery softwa...
by sydney
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Windows 10 reinstall help needed
Replies: 26
Views: 874

Windows 10 reinstall help needed

My cousin has asked me to look at her laptop for her. It's an aspire 1 A114-31-C3FW. The problem she has is the 32gb emmc drive is full mainly with Windows, files that appear to be from a failed windows update and the OEM recovery software. What feels like the easiest solution to me is to save any f...
by sydney
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

It's difficult to set the levels with parity as differennt versions of Chess have different ideas about difficulty level. For this sped up version things are a bit easier than when I was playing in real time I think. It still wouldn't help in some vesrions though, for instance, BOSS Chess on the VI...
by sydney
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 1 - Elementum
Replies: 129
Views: 3846

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 1 - Elementum

aaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by sydney
Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

I had the same thought but on the next level up acornsoft takes significantly longer, around 2 minutes per move, so would I then have to increase the level on superior to match it? I have a feeling whether acornsoft or superior wins this match will be largely irrelevant after colossus wipes the floo...
by sydney
Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

Here is the match!



I've not actually watched it all the way through so if there is a problem please let me know.
by sydney
Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

The first match has been played! The video lasts 28 minutes which is probably a bit long to sit through just to see a chess game between two computers so I'm going to see if I can edit it and make it play at 4 times the speed so it'll only take 7 minutes which feels more reasonable. At the end of th...
by sydney
Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

(If beebjit doesn't give the expected speedup, compared say to beebem in go-faster mode, that might be worth pursuing as a bug in beebjit.) A though just occurred: It could be that they were all set to infinite time which will last forever no matter how fast you go! I think this is the problem. Jus...
by sydney
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

From the archive submissions section of the forum:
Superior Chess from Superior Software was also released by Computer Concepts.
Due to this I will be giving White Knight 11 a pass into the next round without needing to play Computer Concepts.
by sydney
Mon Dec 28, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: Pacman from Tricky testing and games scores
Replies: 125
Views: 4210

Re: Pacman from Tricky testing and games scores

So I've settled into a route I follow at the start of every level which seems to let me collect most of the dots in the bottom of the screen and leave me next to a power pill and very close to all 4 ghosts every time. I'll play some more and maybe even post a video Ooh would love to see a video! :)...
by sydney
Sun Dec 27, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

BigEd wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 6:23 pm
(If beebjit doesn't give the expected speedup, compared say to beebem in go-faster mode, that might be worth pursuing as a bug in beebjit.)
A though just occurred: It could be that they were all set to infinite time which will last forever no matter how fast you go!
by sydney
Sun Dec 27, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic games
Topic: The BBC Micro chess championship.
Replies: 49
Views: 2059

Re: The BBC Micro chess championship.

From the Colossus manual in mode 5 - Infinite mode: Also note that the openings book is not searched in this mode. So it would seem it must have an openings book. Here are the 'Set Levels' sections from the Superior instructions: 02.png 03.png Note that there is a mistake here and Care is actually 0...

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