The greatest program ever written

I’ve just stumbled upon (via a post in John Cook’s blog) an old article back at kuro5hin entitled the greatest program ever written. It describes 1k chess on the ZX81, a program capable of playing chess on the Sinclair ZX81, a computer endowed with a total memory of 1024 bytes, and written by David Horne. I didn’t believe it either, until i saw it by myself. Kids these days!

Update:I’ve just learnt, thanks to a comment below, that there’s actually an earlier chess program, written by Peter Jennings, of similar characteristics: Microchess for the Kim-1 computer. The linked webpages contain lots of information about the program, including listings. Pretty fun stuff.

2 Responses to “The greatest program ever written”

  1. BigEd Says:

    Peter Jennings got there a few years earlier with an equally remarkable but slightly larger 1k chess for the KIM-1 – see http://www.benlo.com/microchess/microchess8.html


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