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an acronym for Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, is a family of high-level programming languages, initially designed in 1963/1964 by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz at Dartmouth College [1] .

While early dialects worked in conjunction with a teletype command line interpreter, which could immediately interprete and print expressions, or run a program which lines were entered (or re-loaded from punch tape) with leading line numbers, later dialects were more sophisticated with respect to program structure, recursion, object-oriented and event-driven programming paradigms, and compiled executables.

There were a few didactic chess programs written in Basic, most notably a program by Dieter Steinwender published 1984 in Computerschach und Spiele [2] , Demoschach by Hans-Joachim Kraas and Günther Schrüfer [3] , and Minimax by Chrilly Donninger and Dieter Steinwender, which was later converted to WinBoard by Thomas McBurney [4] .

Basic Engines

Engines, written, or initially written in Basic, to expand this list, create a new engine page with the tag "basicengines".


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  1. ^ BASIC manual. Dartmouth College Computation center, 1964 (pdf)
  2. ^ qBASIC Chess program - from 1984 by Dieter Steinwender by Mike Byrne, CCC, February 23, 2003
  3. ^ Rainer Bartel, Hans-Joachim Kraas, Günther Schrüfer (1985). Das große Computerschachbuch. Data Becker, ISBN 3-89011-117-3 (German)
  4. ^ Minimax in BASIC converted to WinBoard by Thomas McBurney
  5. ^ BBC Basic: the people's language | Alphr
  6. ^ Free Chess Software Programs from HIARCS Chess Software for PC, Mac, Palm and Pocket PC

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