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I originally sent this message to debian-mentors@lists.debian.org but was referred to this list as being more appropriate.

Would anyone be interested in packaging (or just sponsoring) the chess engine Arasan?


I am not talking about the user interface but just about the underlying console chess program. This should be trivial to package.

Such console chess programs are used by GUIs such as xboard and pychess who talk to them using standard protocols (either UCI or CECP).

Arasan has been around for many years. It has been slowly becoming stronger. Today it is multiprocessing and about the strength of crafty (which is in Debian). Arasan was completely independently developed from other open source chess engines which are often derived from the classical engines Fruit and Glaurung. This means that Arasan has a different playing style from those other engines and this may appeal to humans.

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