Eight screen terminal of computer chess machine Ostrich at the 13th ACM North American Computer Chess Championship in Dallas, Texas Title: Eight screen terminal of computer chess machine Ostrich at the 13th ACM North American Computer Chess Championship in Dallas, Texas
Photographer: Newborn, Monroe
Size: 98 KB
Date: 1982
Credit Line: Gift of Monroe Newborn
Accession: 102645425

Ostrich, developed by Monty Newborn, was the first chess program to compete on a parallel system. It used eight Data General computers with each screen displaying the parallel computations taking place. Through the 1970s and 1980s, Ostrich competed in five world championships, coming close to winning in 1974. Custom chess-playing machine Belle won the 13th North American Computer Championship. Ostrich came in ninth.