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Microchess

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Primary Name
Microchess
Alternate Names
Chess
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1
Maximum Players
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Release Date
1976-00-00
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Chess
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US TRS-80 CoCo cartridge
Rel Date: 1980-00-00
Publisher: Radio Shack
TRS-80 Color Computer
Developer: VisiCorp
Media: Cartridge
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North American TRS-80 Model I Cassette edition
Rel Date: 1978-00-00
Publisher: Radio Shack
TRS-80 Model I/III
Developer: Micro-Ware Ltd
Media: Compact Cassette
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Microchess
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US Apple II cassette
Rel Date: 1978-00-00
Publisher: VisiCorp
Apple II
Developer: Micro-Ware Ltd
Media: Compact Cassette
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US PET cassette
Rel Date: 1978-00-00
Publisher: Micro-Ware Ltd
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Developer: (Self-Developed Video Game)
Media: Compact Cassette
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Description Edit | History

Microchess, by Peter R. Jennings, was originally a microcomputer chess program for the MOS Technology KIM-1 microcomputer, first released on December 18, 1976. Microchess, as small as it was in terms of program size, could still play passable chess on the KIM-1 with its 6502 microprocessor, 1 kilobyte of memory, simple hex keyboard, and seven-segment display.

Selling it at a price of $10 US dollars, Jennings refused to sell the rights of the program to Chuck Peddle (president of MOS Technology) for $1000 dollars. It was the first microcomputer software package to sell 50,000 copies, almost exclusively on cassette tape. Jennings founded VisiCorp together with Dan Fylstra, and the new company published Microchess to the growing microcomputer market. Microchess gave the company enough success to launch VisiCalc which would be its greatest success.

The program was so popular that even the chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer arranged a meeting with Jennings to play a match against Microchess, the program was overly beaten. Microchess was later expanded into a more fully featured program with graphics for the TRS-80, Apple II, Commodore PET and Atari 400/800 computers. It was also licensed to Novag for its dedicated Chess Champion Mk II in 1979.

Source: Wikipedia, "Microchess", available under the CC-BY-SA License.

Radio Shack Catalog Description
3 levels of difficulty. For beginning or advanced players. [$19.95]

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TRS-80 program by Peter R. Jennings.

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