the founders Mark Lefler and Jeff Mallett
& others working for Zillions Development Corporation.
chess expert, has been programming computer games since 1977. His
chess program Innovation won the 1994 ICCA
Best-Annotation Award. Jeff is currently listed on MacTech
Magazine's "Top 20 Contestants of All Time" list for
his speedy Programmer's Challenge entries. His nxn Othello
program, which won 33 out of 36 games in a tournament against 9
other programs, was published in the May 1997 issue. His nxn Pente
program, another contest winner, was published in the February 1998
issue. His writings on board games have been published in "Home
Chess," "Variant Chess," "NostAlgia," and
"World Game Review."
has degrees in Computer Science and Music from Cornell
University, where he graduated with distinction in 1988. His
non-computer interests include songwriting, piano, barbershop quarteting,
music recording, chess, and juggling.
Lefler has been programming computer chess for over 16 years.
His chess program NOW tied with first place among all chess programs
at the1996 AEGON Human-Computer Tournament, receiving 4.5 out of
6 points. This tied the program with other world class programs
such as "Fritz." NOW beat Grandmaster
Larry Christiansen, one of the U.S.'s top players.
graduated in 1981 with a BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics
from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University. His non-computer interests include
performing magic (Mark has won many competitions performing original
tricks), music, and gaming.
Tavener has been programming professionally for over a decade
with clients ranging from British Airways to a gambling consortium.
When not forced to work for a living, he is likely to be found playing
games, dealing in used
games over the internet, writing game reviews for "Games,
Games, Games magazine", or practising Tai Chi Chuan.
lives in London (England) with his partner Rosie, two cats, and
an indeterminate number of lodgers.
Seehof comes from humble beginnings in the state of California
and has since moved to Biose, Idaho. He has been programming since
age 12 and has written three go programs and a chess program over
the years; one of which can be found at the MSN Gaming Zone. Currently
Ken has an interest in artificial intelligence and is developing
a visual programming language for neural nets.
from U.C. Santa Cruz with a BA in Computer Science. His interests
are piano, aikido, skiing, chess, go, shogi, chinese chess, Y, and
Eric "Braz" Ford left his job at Swain's House of Music and
started working in his garage after he heard you could buy a totally
programmable three voice analog synthesizer for $200. Coincidentally,
the synthesizer was embedded in a computer. Since then he has coded
music and sound effects for games, speech synthesis and recognition
apps, a couple of FORTH interpreters (just a phase) and much boring
database and financial software. He's worked for Apple Computer
(10 yrs.), and contracted for Hewlett Packard and Sun Microsystems.
Most recently he finished the programming on a three CD multimedia
business education/simulation for Arthur Andersen. Between contracts
he works on porting his multiplayer D&D chess game to Java.
he improvises music on a wide variety of instruments, studies chess
endgames, reads, attends a psycho-spiritual-mystery school, plays
with his wife and daughter, and watches a lot of mind-numbing television.
are some photos of commercial products we've worked on...
Ashley Teaches Chess
Jeff's Innovation chess engine and chess code.
a full fledge chess engine that will challenge, and sharpen,
your recently learned skills. The chess engine is extremely
challenging and customizable."
Review on Gamer's Zone
in these collections...
Complete Chess - Sierra Attractions
Advantage - Encore Software
Championship Chess for Windows
Grandmaster Chess for Macintosh
contain Mark's NOW Chess engine. This was ported to the Mac
in both 680x0 and PowerPC forms by Jeff. Windows GUI by Mark;
Mac GUI by Jeff.
Grandmaster Championship Chess - Capstone
Grandmaster Chess for Macintosh - Capstone
Ultra can be found in these collections...
Grandmaster Chess Ultra
- Softkey/The Learning Company
6 Great Board Games - Encore Software
6 Great Laptop Games - Encore Software
Schiller's Chess PowerCD
Windows and Mac versions. Contains Jeff's Innovation
chess engine, which achieved the highest score in the world famous
1996 AEGON Human-Computer Tournament! [DOS]
Chess for the Macintosh
people worldwide play chess in real-time on the Internet
Chess Club. Programmed by Jeff. [Mac]