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Subject: Re: Hoyle Majestic Chess goes gold!

Author: Alastair Scott

Date: 02:31:41 07/26/03

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On July 25, 2003 at 18:58:47, John Merlino wrote:

>Hello all,
>This is just to notify you all that a program that I have been working on called
>"Hoyle Majestic Chess" has now been approved for production and should be
>available in US stores around August 22nd. The company that developed it (the
>one that I work for) is called Fluent Entertainment.

I shall be looking for it in the UK (not available from yet).

I must say that, on a quick look at Vivendi's site, it has far more to offer
than Kasparov Chessmate (which, although it uses the Ruffian engine, goes too
far towards minimalism) and could well put a spoke in the wheels of Virtual
Chess 3, which has been delayed two or three times now ...


PS In one of the positions - screenshot 5 - how did a Black bishop turn up on f5
with eight Black pawns still on the board and Black pawns still on b7 and d7? ;)
Ridiculous positions are a stock-in-trade of chess advertising, but illegal ones
take that to a new level!

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