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The Hopeless Case [1]

Hopeless, (Hopeless Chess)
an open source chess engine by Pawel Koziol, written in Pascal using WBUnit by Maciej Szmit for WinBoard compliance. Early versions were incorporated inside the stand-alone chess program Clericus written in Delphi, featuring an own GUI [2]. Hopeless played the PCCC 2006. In 2020 Hopeless and Clericus were revived by Roland Chastain, using Free Pascal and Lazarus [3].


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  1. Antonio Rotta - The Hopeless Case (1871), A young girl wearing a typical Venetian shawl listens stoically as the shoemaker reports upon the hopeless condition of her boot, Walters Art Museum, Wikimedia Commons
  2. hopeless chess / clericus release by Pawel Koziol, CCC, July 05, 2007
  3. Clericus/Hopeless ported to Lazarus by Roland Chastain, CCC, August 01, 2020
  4. Clericus Chess - Evaluation Function

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