About Me


My name is Michael Leany (pronounced LAY-nee), or Mike for short. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church. At 19 years of age I served a two-year mission for the Church in the Chilean cities of Viña del Mar, Valparaíso, Coquimbo, La Serena, Quillota, El Melón and Nogales. I have also served as a volunteer worker at one of the Church's temples.

I studied computer science at the university, and I am currently working as a programmer for a printing company called RR Donnelley. I also enjoy writing chess engines in my spare time.

I am currently writing a chess engine called Vapor, which is derived from my previous chess engine called Zilch. I have released builds for 64-bit versions of Linux and Windows. It also runs under FreeBSD, but I have not released a FreeBSD build at this time.