During the past month, I spent most of my subway rides playing the Medieval Kings Chess II on my Blackberry. There are five difficulty levels:
King Author (Beginner)
Frederick II (Easy)
S. Mehmed II (Hard)
- Will the Conq. (Very Hard)
- Gengis Khan (Master)
Since I never really touched chess after high school, the “easy” level was killing me in the beginning. After I got comfortable enough to beat each level, though, I moved on to the next. Now I’m winning 17-10 at the “very hard” level and will soon move on to face Gengis Khan.
Just a few weeks ago, I could’ve done 2-3 games during my morning commute. But now I can barely finish one. The reason? The computer got really slow – I think much faster than the Blackberry processor at this level. Too bad there’s no timed game on this thing.
While impatiently waiting for my Blackberry to make its next move, I often wonder what algorithm a chess game implements. Mine apparently just increases iteration to increase the difficulty, but are there more efficient chess algorithms out there? I wonder what I can come up with… hmm… probably nothing good :-p