Thirty-two years ago, David Horne wrote a
chess program for the ZX-81. It didn't play a great
game of chess, and you can't castle, capture en passant nor promote a pawn,
but it did have one redeeming feature that set it above every other chess
program—it took less than 1K of space! The program, in its entirety, is
only 672 bytes in size.
But there's a new contender for the smallest chess game (and the same
limitations—no castling, no en passant, no promotion) with BootChess, which is an
incredible 487 bytes in size!
The previous entry reminded of
the following computer joke:
Every program has at least one bug and can be shortened by at
least one instruction—from which, by induction, one can deduce
that every program can be reduced to one instruction which doesn't
Only it's not a joke—it really
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