Playing with or against Chess Software: This you've got to try!

Written by Michael Kanehl

If you're getting a little long inrepparttar tooth, and grey on top, then you might be stuck back inrepparttar 116102 days of yon when chess software wasn't worthrepparttar 116103 price ofrepparttar 116104 floppy disk that it came on. Well my friend, times have changed, and this is definitely NOT your father's chess software we're talking about here.

Human vs. Computer

Computer chess software really came into its own in February 1996 when legendary Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov played a six-game match in Philadelphia against IBM Chess software nicknamed "Deep Blue". Although he declared his 4-2 score a "win for mankind", he also admitted that it wasrepparttar 116105 most difficult tournament of his career.

IBM, sporting their next generation of chess software named "Deeper Blue" demands a rematch which in played in May of 1997 in New York. The chess software puts a whuppin on Kasparov and defeats him 3.5-2.5.

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending upon your point of view, IBM didn't sell their chess software andrepparttar 116106 industry kind of went to sleep for a while. Well, it wasn't really sleeping, big things were going on behindrepparttar 116107 scenes. And that's great news for us chess software geeks!

The availability of chess software has exploded sincerepparttar 116108 days of Deep Blue. Now you can run chess software on all ofrepparttar 116109 popular computer operating systems including Windows, MAC, Linux, Unix, andrepparttar 116110 Palm. You have choices when it comes torepparttar 116111 categories or functions of chess software as well.

Chess Training Software

Chess software in this category is designed to improve visualization and move calculation skills in Chess. These are basic essential skills that need to be honed in order to move from being an amature to a master.

Many chess software training titles also teach strategies forrepparttar 116112 opening middlegame and endgame so you can learn how to strategise and thwart your opponent's moves while still executing your game plan.

Peer-to-Peer Chess Software

The chess software category is simply amazing. Peer-to-peer chess software enables you to play chess against remote opponents without connecting to a chess server. You simply connect directly to each other overrepparttar 116113 Internet or via any other network connection including your home Windows LAN.

Make Golden Christmas Trees

Written by Candee Stark

Golden Christmas Tree

Several Years ago while I was shopping for Christmas I stopped dead in my tracks when I sawrepparttar holiday arrangements atrepparttar 116101 department store I was in.

I was dazzled byrepparttar 116102 sight, golden branches wrapped in twinkling white lights. The idea was so simple but yet absolutely beautiful.

Within a moment I decided I would re-create it at home. Once home, I took a walk inrepparttar 116103 woods to gatherrepparttar 116104 necessary branches andrepparttar 116105 other materials were easily found at my local craft store.

I created three trees that year and placed them on my front porch; two smaller ones onrepparttar 116106 left side ofrepparttar 116107 door and a larger one torepparttar 116108 right. The effect was just what I had hoped for~ a golden glow that welcomed family and friends into my home forrepparttar 116109 holidays.

Materials Needed for One Tree:

Large tree branch that “looks” like a small tree

Gold spray paint

Gold fabric

Gold cording


String of white lights

Plastic garbage bag


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