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:
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: