Postscript: 1978 – 80 and BELLE The World Champion
Since the original manuscript for this book was completed, four major computer chess tournaments have been held: three ACM tournaments—Washington in 1978, Detroit in 1979, and Nashville in 1980—and the Third World Computer Chess Championship in Linz, Austria. The story of these events has been the remarkable success of Ken Thompson’s and Joe Condon’s BELLE. BELLE won the 1978 ACM tournament, became world champion at Linz on September 28, 1980, and won the 1980 ACM tournament one month later. A second place finish in the 1979 ACM tournament marred an otherwise perfect record.
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