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Commodore 64 Emulator Sargon III (1984)

The SARGON IIi Commodore 64 version was written by Skeet Hannigan in 1984. The SARGON III chess engine was written by the famous World Champion programmers Dan & Kathe Spracklen who also worked on many dedicated Chess Computers sold by Chaftiz Inc, and Fidelity Electronics. SARGON III is much improved compared to its predecessor SARGON II which came out the year before in 1983.

SARGON III plays a great game of chess and is loaded with GAME OPTIONS.

You can read about the original SARGON III here:

Click to go to the original Sargon III (1984)

 

You must remember when using an Emulator that the position of the minus sign (-) on a Commodore 64/128 is the equal sign (=) on a PC. To enter your moves using an Emulator you must enter as follows: e2=e4 etc. ! ` Key (key below ESC key) toggles between the Chess Board and the Move Information Menu. You can enter chess moves in both screens. Or you can play the game with a Joystick.

Here are some game option keys to help you get started with the game quickly (remember to use the TAB key to simulate the Commodore 64/128 CONTROL key):

  • NEW GAME - CTRL N
  • QUIT THE PROGRAM - CTRL Q
  • LEVEL SELECT - SHIFT 1 to SHIFT 9

The approximate rating for SARGON II is 1150 - 1250 ELO (1350 - 1450 USCF)

SARGON III has disk 2 has complete documentations. Here is how you access it:

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1. Attach SARGON III disk 2 to Drive 8

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2. Type: LOAD “S3*”,8,1 and press ENTER (The * key is the ] key on your PC)

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3. Use the direction keys on your PC to scroll and read the game instructions.

Information

Commodore 64/128 Emulator Sargon III (1984)

Technical Specifications

Commodore 64/128  Emulator Sargon III (1984)

Manufacturer

Programmer

Hayden Software

Skeet Hannigan, Dan & Kathe Spracklen

Year:

1984

File Type:

D64

Download:

Sargon III

Language:

6502 Assembly

File Size:

171 KB x 2

Media:

C64 Emulator

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

6502

8 Bit

1.023 MHz (NTSC)

20 KB

64 KB

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Key/Joystick

Key/Joystick

9

> 68,000 Positions

Complet Game

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game / Ponder

Hint/ Teach Mode

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Yes

Yes / Yes

Yes / Yes

Active Level:

Level 3

Tournament Level:

Level 6

Infinite Level:9

Level 8

Game Information

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Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

#

W

D

L

%

ELO

38

12

13

13

48.68

1569

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Sargon III (1984)- Chess Board

Sargon III (1984) - Move List Screen (‘ Key is below ESC)

Commodore 64/128  Emulator Sargon III (1984) Chess Board

Commodore 64/128  Emulator Sargon III (1984) Move List Screen (‘ Key is below ESC)

The Spacious-Mind Active game results (shown above) are from games played with a Commodore 64 or 128 with the original SARGON III. Playing SARGON III with an Emulator should play exactly the same as using a Commodore 64 or 128.

Chess Game Examples

The game example below originates from the C64 Open Championship and was played with a real Commodore 64/128 and original Sargon III software, however the Emulator Software should play exactly as the original game.

 
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