Since 1970 the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has organized a chess tournament as part of its annual conference. In 1974 the first World Championship for computer programs took place in Stockholm. Since then computer tournaments have become increasingly popular, with events taking place in Germany, Canada, the Netherlands as well as the annual tournament in the U.S.A. In 1978, the first competition exclusively for microcomputers was held — a suggestion of my own which was implemented thanks to Douglas Penrod, founder/editor of the Computer Chess Newsletter. There is now an international society for those interested in computer chess and it looks as though interest in the subject is increasing at an almost exponential rate, which is perhaps not so surprising in view of the advent of home computing as a hobby.
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