One Jump Ahead pp 237-252 | Cite as

A Wake-Up Call

  • Jonathan Schaeffer


With only a year to go before the match with Tinsley, we needed a plan of action. Rob Lake was energetically pursuing the endgame databases. Norman Treloar continued to work on the opening book and evaluation function. Paul Lu was going to make Chinook search deeper by using something called parallel computing technology. I coordinated all the work and helped out in each of the areas.


Parallel Computing Parallel Program Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Database Program World Championship 
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  1. 1.
    Although Chinook is “only” a computer program, it’s hard to resist ascribing human attributes to it. Since I tend to anthropomorphize the program, I must have succeeded in creating the illusion of intelligence.Google Scholar
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    Gee, what a coincidence. I also happen to do research in parallel computing, modeling parallel programs as if they were business organizations.Google Scholar
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    The machine was built by the Bolt, Beranek and Newman company. Like most players in the parallel computing industry, supply out-stripped demand, and BBN discontinued its computer line in 1992.Google Scholar
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    Ed Scheidt, personal communication, March 16, 1991.Google Scholar
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    From “Reviving the Game of Checkers” (see Further Reading).Google Scholar
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    Richard Fortman, personal communication, December 22, 1991.Google Scholar
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    Robert Lake, Jonathan Schaeffer, and Norman Treloar, “The 3B 1 b3W Endgame,” Checkers, March 1992, pp. 28–32.Google Scholar
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    Derek Oldbury, personal communication, October 6, 1991.Google Scholar
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    The Olympiad was held in Maastricht, the Netherlands. When he heard that Chinook wasn’t playing, Martin Bryant decided not to enter Colossus. As it turned out, there were no entrants in the 8-by-8 checkers event and it was canceled.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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