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Chessmaster 86 released
Posted by Niklas on 21 May 2002, 18:55 GMT

For the 86-owning chess fans, Thomas Williamson has released Chessmaster 86. Features include:

  • 3 different greyscale chess sets
  • 842 bytes (!) "better than beginner" AI
  • 74 puzzles
  • 1 player, 2 player, or AI vs AI
  • autosave feature
  • total size 7kB

As always, comments and encouraging email to the author are appreciated.

Update (Niklas): Thomas has now ported Chessmaster to the TI-83 and the TI-83+. Happy chess playing!

 


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Re: Chessmaster 86 released
esweecoo  Account Info
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is it just me, or have we been posting a lot lately? the last artical hit a record and this one is already averaging over 100 posts a day

     24 May 2002, 02:54 GMT

Re: Chessmaster 86 released
RCTParRoThEaD  Account Info
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I can't touch the tip of my nose with my toung. Þ-: I'm not Gene Simmons...

     24 May 2002, 03:31 GMT

Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
Paul Joyner  Account Info
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Part of my tounge got cut off :-F

     24 May 2002, 04:59 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
Paul Joyner  Account Info
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My mouth has been sewn shut. :-X

     24 May 2002, 17:27 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
Chivo  Account Info

I like to lick my lips. Yum! :-9

     24 May 2002, 21:57 GMT


Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
esweecoo  Account Info
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i can! p>:

     25 May 2002, 02:55 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
RCTParRoThEaD  Account Info
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|:(

unibrow!

     26 May 2002, 01:33 GMT

New Games??
mike newkie  Account Info
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Does anyone know of any great ti-86 games in the works that are about to be released. Maybe and rpg of some sort or something? Just wondering.

     24 May 2002, 18:49 GMT


Re: New Games??
shakey_snake  Account Info
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duke nukem

     24 May 2002, 21:36 GMT


Re: Re: New Games??
mike newkie  Account Info
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Really, that sounds awesome, how soon is it coming out??

     24 May 2002, 23:32 GMT


Re: Re: Re: New Games??
shakey_snake  Account Info
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whoops, thats for the 89 nevermind me

     24 May 2002, 23:55 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: New Games??
mike newkie  Account Info
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oh ok, that would be cool though, so does anyone know of any upcoming ti-86 games?

     25 May 2002, 00:01 GMT

Re: Chessmaster 86 released
Paul Schippnick  Account Info
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I haven't loaded the game into one of my TI-86's yet. But since it has the feature of saving the last moves of a game. Maybe one can use it to play e-mail chess by uploading the game memory variable (whether a string or a list) via an attachment by e-mail. Then downloading it back to the TI-86 before opening the game for the next move. If so anyone for a game of chess?

     25 May 2002, 05:11 GMT


Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
Paul Schippnick  Account Info
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And yes it is a string varible CMsave.86s. This can be used to play e-mail chess using the TI-86 and the graphlink. Whose is game for this?

     25 May 2002, 05:20 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
nolekid  Account Info

or can you just do email chess by emailing the person your next move (you can decide what code you use, or you just say "night on my left up 2 and right 1"). Just make sure you save all your email.

     25 May 2002, 17:34 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
Benjamin Moody  Account Info

Algebraic notation, anyone?

     27 May 2002, 22:27 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
nolekid  Account Info

oops. I meant "knight"

     25 May 2002, 17:35 GMT

Re: Chessmaster 86 released
esweecoo  Account Info
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301st comment!!!

     25 May 2002, 19:27 GMT


Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
RCTParRoThEaD  Account Info
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w00t!

     26 May 2002, 01:33 GMT

Re: Chessmaster 86 released
Morgan  Account Info
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This is completely off topic. . .
but, is it just me or do TI-85 lack the ability to write in text form. Am I just blind and can't find the text button, or was this not implemented into the calc. Why would Texas Instruments do this?

     27 May 2002, 07:02 GMT


Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
343GuiltySpark  Account Info
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Do you mean the [ALHPA] button? It's that blue button (I think it's blue), right under the [2nd] key, you know that yellow button.

     27 May 2002, 23:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
Morgan  Account Info
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No!!
I know that they have the ability to write letters and all that, but I want to be able to write in the smaller text form, the kind of letter that are about half the size as the regular chgaracters using the Alpha key.

     28 May 2002, 00:06 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Chessmaster 86 released
nolekid  Account Info

did you try pressing [2nd]-[ALPHA]? If you look directly above ALPHA, between the buttons, you should see, written in yellow, "alpha," in lower-case. Anything written in yellow can be accessed by pressing 2nd then whatever button. Anything in blue can be accessed by pressing ALPHA.

     28 May 2002, 00:50 GMT


How do you write Text on the TI-85?
Morgan  Account Info
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You guys are completely not getting what I am talking about. I am talking about the "Text(" command that can be found on both the TI-83+ and the TI-86. It writes very small letters on the graph screen. Example on the homescreen of the TI-86 write:

Text(5,10,"Hello")

press enter and small text appears on the graph screen. So how do you do this with the TI-85???

     28 May 2002, 01:55 GMT


Re: How do you write Text on the TI-85?
Paul Schippnick  Account Info
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The Text( command was a NEW graphing command added to the TI-86. The TI-85 does not support it. So most programs written on the TI-85 can run on the TI-86. But there are new commands added to the TI-86 that are not supported by the TI-85. If you check the catalog:
The TI-85 The TI-86

tanLn( tanLn(
Then Text(
Trace Then
Trace

So if you write a program on the TI-86 and want to transfer it to a TI-85 from calculator to calculator, this is not supported because of the added commands and some added charactors. But if you do not use any commands that are unique TI-86 and that are not used on the TI-85. These programs can be transfered to the TI-85 by way of cut and past from TI-86 graph-link display of the program to the TI-85 graph-link display. And then saved and downloaded by the graph-link to the TI-85. All my programs where originally written on a TI-85. And then transfered to the TI-86. So now when I update my program on the TI-86, I just cut and past via the graph-links to transfer to my TI-85s. Of course I have to stay within the BASIC instruction set of the TI-85s. There are some syntax differences too. But these go away if proper perenteses are used to prevent this.

     28 May 2002, 06:22 GMT


Re: Re: How do you write Text on the TI-85?
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No, it wasn't actually NEW for the 86. The TI-82 even had it. For some totally stupid reason, they didn't want it in the 85.

     28 May 2002, 13:35 GMT


Re: Re: Re: How do you write Text on the TI-85?
Michael Vincent  Account Info
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The 85 was created before the 82 though...So TI had not invented it yet...

     28 May 2002, 18:46 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: How do you write Text on the TI-85?
Chivo  Account Info

The TI-85 came _before_ the TI-82? I would've figured it came after. The TI-82 just seems so _old_.

     29 May 2002, 00:52 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How do you write Text on the TI-85?
Paul Schippnick  Account Info
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I didn't know that the TI-85 was before the TI-82. But from the view point that the TI-86 was the upgrade to the TI-85 (just as the TI-83 is the upgrade to the TI-82.) It was new to the TI-86. Even though the TI-82 which was indeed before the TI-86 had it first. Anyway a BASIC program (maybe very slow) can be witten to place text on the TI-85 graphics screen. In looking at how to write such a program in BASIC, I notice that the TI-86 has pxTest( which the TI-85 also does not have.

I have not seen it. At least I have not found one yet. An assembly language shell to run BASIC under, which would allow BASIC to call machine code that is in a string to use it as part of a BASIC program. The old Timex Sinclar Z80 computer, a hack was found where machine code could be placed in a REM statment. [A quoted string is a remark statment in TI calculator BASIC.] So it would be kind of net to have a shell that one would execute from the custom menu (just like Zshell etc) and that it would appear to return to the regular calculator mode. But would give a BASIC program a way to call a string which would hold the machine code for BASIC calls. Just my thoughts.

     29 May 2002, 04:30 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How do you write Text on the TI-85?
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There was a program I used to use on my TI-85 that placed small-font text on the graph screen (it required ZShell/OS85/whatever), but I can't recall its name right now. I wrote one in BASIC at one point... it took about a 1.5 - 2 seconds per letter... slow!

     29 May 2002, 04:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: How do you write Text on the TI-85?
lord_nightrose Account Info
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No... no it wasn't. The TI-82 came first. You'll notice that the TI-85 manual states that it can send list, matrix, and string data to and from a TI-82. Therefore... the 82 had to exist before the manual was published.

     29 May 2002, 04:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How do you write Text on the TI-85?
Paul Schippnick  Account Info
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You are correct in that my TI-85 manual make mention of the TI-82 but so also my TI-82 manual make mention of the TI-85.

My TI-82 manual says, "Note: You cannot transmit items between the TI-82 and other graphing calculators such as the TI-85."

My TI-85 manual says, "Note: You cannot transmit items between the TI-85 and other graphinc calculators such as the TI-82."

Now my TI-92 graphlink will allow program file conversions from both the TI-82 and the TI-85. The big problem going from the TI-85 is that the TI-85 basic is case sensitive, so any variables using the same letters but different case in the TI-85 must be renamed first. As for transfering any program between any TI calculators it can be done using two graph-link programs and by cutting and pasting. BUT must take care of BASIC langauge differnences and syntax between the calculator types to make the translation work. Some things can't be translated between the calculators.

     29 May 2002, 05:28 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How do you write Text on the TI-85?
lord_nightrose Account Info
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Hmmmm... interesting. Makes you wonder which came first. Kinda like the chicken vs. egg problem.

     1 June 2002, 18:01 GMT

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