I Can’t Lose

  • Jonathan Schaeffer


After making the first three moves of the checkers game, the arbiter, Con McCarrick of Ireland, reaches out and starts White’s clock running. The White pieces are commanded by a tall, slim man dressed in a modest green suit, tie held in place by a clip with “Jesus” spelled out in colored stones. He pauses for a moment, makes his move, and then presses a button that stops his clock and starts Black’s. His opponent, playing the Black side, immediately captures a piece. Just two friends playing a game of checkers, or so it seems.


Silicon Graphic World Championship Geiger Counter Black Player Computer Master 
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  1. 1.
    Marion Tinsley quoted in “Silicon Graphics World Draughts Championship,” the daily bulletins for the 1992 world man-machine checkers championship.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Schaeffer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computing ScienceUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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