This version of the program was written by Meir Bogot.
The graphics can be described as primative and it's not a terribly strong player (I was able to trade a bishop for Excel's queen within 5 moves...), but a decent program no doubt. Unfortunately, the code is not open for study.
This version of the program was written by Joe Miller, of jollierme.com.
Joe's description of the program follows:
"While it knows all of the legal moves for a given position, it is only smart enough to make a random move. I hope to improve on this in the future. Given that Excel is known more for its user interface than speed of computation, I don't ever expect Shallow Bot to be that good. If I can make it good enough that it can beat me regularly, I'll be happy with it.
"'Shallow' is a play on a number of great programs with "Deep" in their names. You can't get less deep than random moves. I didn't say it was an interesting story..."
I would describe Joe as slightly too modest. Sure, a random move is pretty weak to play against, but the interface is pretty cool, actually, and it's an open code (GNU GPL license, in fact), so his head's in the right place.
Daniel Ferry also has also written in to tell us about his Chess Game Viewer, which might be handy for you. Give it a look.
Have comments about this program? Leave them below!
romi: yowes ...
meir2: Password is hackable
Andrew Wang: i have a mohawk eat me alive
jake stuaff: Siw gangstaXX
vmegavegav: sweet game,.. alleviates boredom at work!!
Lalit: How to make pls send formula. email@example.com
nick: fix your bloodt two player plzzzzzz
Mohin: Nice ya
Sharpnova: I could provide a static evaluation function for the chess engine that would probably increase its strength by around 200 ELO.
sk: good yar
Anonymous: How do you execute this in the latest version of excel?
BANTI001: HOW TO MAKE THIS KIND OF GAMES PLS MAIL ME
Manhar: HOW TO MAKE THIS KIND OF GAMES PLS MAIL ME AT
Aseem Khurana: can you please mail me the programming of chess game in excel on my email id
jack: v' good & simple
Sachin: HOW TO MAKE THIS KIND OF GAMES PLS MAIL ME
Ed: PLease tell me how to run these in EXHELL 2007
VIPIN: CAN I KNOW HOW TO MAKE THIS
aice: cool game but don''t use velgorous things
Jerry: love it !!!!!!!!!!! Great for teaching my son
MATT: Already clocked the game within 20seconds...Game sux
joe: how to make a game in Excel? Learn the basics of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). Then look at the source code in the VBA Editor to see how others do it.
aish: how i can make that game in my own??... pls send to my e-mail.. I want to learn how to do that... thnks...
EP2X: HOW TO MAKE THIS KIND OF GAME
romer: how i can make that game in my own??... pls send to my e-mail.. I want to learn how to do that... thnks...
RAHUL: COOL GAME
crik: nice concept game
Taurus Mantouch: Oh my God, you people aren't leaving positive comments on the game, you're abusing the comment system!!! What's happening, why are my hands turning into to terrible owls, aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
BPSSEKHON: CHESS IS A GOOD GAME OF REALLY INTELLECT AND I THINK ONE SHOULD PLAY EVERYDAY.
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