Nothwestern University’s Chess Program

  • Monty Newborn


In 1968, a team of Northwestern University graduate students, Larry Atkin, Keith Gorlen, and David Slate, began work on a series of chess programs called at first Chess 2.0, then Chess 3.0, Chess 3.5, Chess 3.6, Chess 4.0 and on and on. They were supported in their work by Ben Mittman, director of the university’s Vogelback Computer Center. Slate and Atkin were good chess players; Slate was an expert while Atkin was a notch weaker. Their succession of programs could be characterized as well debugged with sound heuristics. Chess 3.0 won the first ACM United States Computer Chess Championship in 1970 and continued to dominate the ACM tournaments until Belle came along in the late 1970s.


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