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How about a nice game of chess? For some, that question will bring back memories of the 1983 movie, WarGames, starring a young Matthew Broderick and the amazing Dabney Coleman. Somehow, it seems that chess games and movies just seem to go together. Astronaut Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) plays HAL 9000, another artificial intelligence, in the 1968 classic, "2001: A Space Odyssey". Arthur C. Clarke, the author of "2001", once stated that "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," a statement that brings to mind the fantastic game of Wizard chess from the first Harry Potter movie. Speaking of space, in the first Star Wars film (or the fourth depending on your perspective), R2-D2 and Chewbacca play a rather fascinating game inspired by chess with alien monsters on a circular board. There are literally hundreds of movies where somebody plays a game of chess and perhaps even more television shows. Chess appears in books and chess references abound in our everyday speech. "Don't get rooked." "Talks are at a stalemate." "A political checkmate." "We're all pawns."
All this to say that chess is one of the most popular and one of the most enduring games in the history of the world. That, and if you haven't played a decent game of computer chess lately, it's time to check out Felipe Bergo's eboard, a great chess-playing program that lets you play against your own system, play against another player remotely, or join an online game using the FICS protocol (Free Internet Chess Server). Be warned on this last option, however, as there are thousands of people online at any given time and their skills range from novice to grandmaster. To get in on the action, head to the eboard Web site and get your copy. You may also want to check your distribution CDs or your local contrib site for precompiled binary packages. eBoard's popularity means packages are readily available.