george was started on October 22, 2005 by George Merchant, a registered Apple Developer and vegetarian who lives in Fargo, North Dakota. He primarily specializes in chess engine design and creating Apps for macOS and iOS using C++ and Swift. All the Apps for download here are digitally signed as an identified Apple Developer for security. He is also a Life Member of the United States Chess Federation, frequently participates in local chess tournaments, and maintains the North Dakota Chess Association website at While in California, George received a PhD in geography from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2000. Afterwards, he was a programmer on the Stanford campus from 2001 to 2006. In 2007, George moved to North Dakota to be an AmeriCorps volunteer for one year. After his volunteer service finished, George decided to become an independent programmer in Fargo to allow for creative control over his ideas. Currently, he works at a local call center to support his App development work. All App development is done on a 2017 12-inch Retina MacBook using Xcode and occasionally, George can be seen at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor in downtown Fargo working on programming.

George with his girlfriend Amy in Fargo
Maplewood State Park in Minnesota where George goes hiking
Itasca State Park in Minnesota where George goes hiking
George combining corn on the farm in Milnor, North Dakota