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Dr. Pham Hong Nguyen (given name is Nguyen) is a Vietnamese scientist working on AI, NLP, compiler fields. Chess programming is his big hobby. He has developed some programs for both chess and Chinese chess (xiangqi).


  • Ax: A so-so chess engine
  • FirstChess: a very simple chess (open source code) to help newbies to learn chess programming

Chinese chess (xiangqi)

  • VSCCP (Very Simple Chinese Chess Program): the first World open source code for Chinese Chess
  • CCW (Chinese Chess World): a combination of chess program and chess book viewer
  • CCC (Coffee Chinese Chess): a Java applet to play or view chess games
  • XB (Xiangqi database browser): view chess game database
  • Saola - The Chinese chess challenger: a very strong chess engine - grandmaster level

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