Opening Moves: Origins of Computer Chess
2.0 Opening Moves
2.1 Early Theorists
2.2 First Tests
2.3 Minimax and Alpha-Beta Pruning
2.4 Getting Going
2.5 Chess Software Basics

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First Tests

Continuing the quest to create a chess-playing machine, Dr. Dietrich Prinz in England wrote the first limited chess program in 1951. The computer was not powerful enough to play a full game but could find the best move if it was only two moves away from checkmate, known as the “mate-in-two” problem.

In the United States, Alex Bernstein, an experienced chess player and a programmer at IBM, wrote a program in 1958 that could play a full chess game, although it could be defeated by novice players.


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