How to Use Zappa

Zappa, a computer chess game engine, is known for its 2005 upset victory over Rybka, the reigning chess engine, at the World Computer Chess Championship. Learn how to install and use Zappa.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Learn computer chess terms Learn computer chess terms. An engine is a part of a chess program responsible for game play. A chess user interface is a game's graphic representation.
  • TIP: A chess user interface program is separate from, yet complementary to, the chess engine.
  • Step 2: Buy a commercial version of Zappa Buy a commercial version of Zappa or download an older version for free.
  • TIP: Zappa can only be used with Linux or operating systems running at least Windows 2000.
  • Step 3: Download Zappa Download Zappa. See an archive file containing four versions of the Zappa engine. Save the archive to your computer desktop.
  • Step 4: Open a designation folder on your computer Open a folder on your computer that will be the designated location for the engine. Drag one of the engines from the archive to the opened folder.
  • Step 5: Download a chess user interface program Download a chess user interface (CUI) program.
  • TIP: Shredder offers a free 30-day trial of their program. Arena is a free CUI program.
  • Step 6: Open the chess user interface program Open the chess user interface (CUI) program to install Zappa. Note that Zappa installation processes can vary between CUIs.
  • Step 7: Play a game of Zappa computer chess Play a game of Zappa computer chess and dream of becoming a chess master.
  • FACT: Zappa developer Anthony Cozzie named his chess engine after Moon Unit Zappa, Frank Zappa's daughter.

You Will Need

  • Computer running Windows or Linux
  • Internet access
  • Zappa chess engine program

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