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Maniac: Chess and Chess Variants Program A computer program
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Clone-Of-Derek-Nalls wrote on 2005-02-08 UTCPoor ★

Although this program is supposed to install and run smoothly under MS
2000, it gave me all sorts of error messages during its failed

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2004-09-30 UTC
Greg, I coincide with you, Maniac has a great potential. Visual Basic was not, surely, the best decision for this program, and additionally, I deduce that there are some problems with the search method used, looking with some care the way the program plays after a few experiments with the adjustable evaluation parameters; nevertheless, all has solutions, and it should be interesting see this program improved. I don´t know if the author has interest in improvements. The fact I know is that it was an academic work.

Greg Strong wrote on 2004-09-29 UTC
Yes, I was excited to see this program, as I had never noticed it before and am happy to see other freeware chess-variant programs. I was disapointed, though, to see that it doesn't appear to have been updated since 2001. Too bad, this program looks to have potential. Also, too bad that it's in Visual Basic :)

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2004-09-29 UTC
Maniac, as player, is a very weak program, but it is interesting itself by its facilities to create new variants.

Ulysses Omycron wrote on 2004-09-25 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I was going to rate this program as Good, but the Personality feature is just great! (You just need to open to see the Original Personalities' data). I was interested in the program pieces' value (Queen at 14, Bishop/Knight at 5, Rook at 8, Pawn at 1.5); I entered those values at Rebel 12.00.02 Personality editor (As Pawn=142, Knight/Bishop=166, Rook=160, Queen=155, because Rebel multiplies the values by 1/3/3/5/9), and it actually beats Anand Personality! (The one that won the tourney for best playing personality) In a game Anand=6 Pawns, 1 Rook Vs. Maniac=4 Pawns, 2 Bishops. A score 11-10? But Maniac actually won! That's all I can say for now, I'm still experimenting.

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