The Kilobyte’s Gambit 1k chess game
March 4, 2021 7:57 AM   Subscribe

The Kilobyte’s Gambit 1k chess game
I adapted an impressive 1.25KB chess engine to remove display code and get it down to 1024 bytes, then created a separate interface using pixel art of The Queen’s Gambit. It won’t win any tournaments, but if you’re a chess novice brace yourself for a challenge.

You can click Info/How It Works to view the source code and find out more about the two talented people who were kind enough to give me permission to build on their work.
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posted by malevolent (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by not_the_water on March 5, 2021: Can you beat 1024 bytes of JavaScript?

Neat! I know Peter Jennings, the creator of the original 1K chess (Microchess for the Kim-1), but it didn't exactly have graphics ...
posted by scruss at 1:48 PM on March 4


Very cool. I lost 10 times in a row thanks to those gigantic eyes and definitely not my complete lack of skill in the game.
posted by General Malaise at 5:30 PM on March 4


I’m a novice and I can’t beat it! Fun though, it’s felt like I got better against it at least. Went from losing because my position was a mess to losing because I didn’t see that bishop which always feels like an improvement.
posted by macrael at 8:05 AM on March 16


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