The New Chess Computer Book - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080297682, 9781483140322

The New Chess Computer Book

1st Edition

Pergamon Chess Series

Authors: T. D. Harding
Editors: Jill Price David N. L. Levy
eBook ISBN: 9781483140322
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1985
Page Count: 328
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The New Chess Computer Book is a revised edition of The Chess Computer Book that contains more than 50 percent new material about chess-playing microcomputers. Since the first edition of the book was written there have been large numbers of machines launched, some of which the author has been able to test over a long period. Inevitably there are new chess-playing, microcomputers machines, and updated modules for older ones, coming out all the time, with launch dates for machines in different countries often being different, due to commercial considerations. However, an attempt has been made to discuss in detail every top-of-the-range machine available on the British market. The book begins with a brief survey of the origins of chess computing and the development of chess-playing machines. This is followed by separate chapters on topics such as the types of machines that play chess; modular chess computers; computer hardware and software; and developments in chess microcomputers in the latter half of 1984.

Table of Contents

A Note on Chess Notation

1 2001 and all that

The Computer is Born and Learns to Play Chess

2 Hullo, Mr. Chips

The Micro Arrives and Chess Computers go on Sale

3 Make Mine Modular

Computer Chess Becomes Big Money as Several Companies in Competition Bring about a Rapid Improvement in the Product with Sensory Boards and Upgradeable 'Modules'

4 On the Origin of Species and their Differentiation

Description and Assessment of Most of the Popular Models

5 The State of the Art

A Series of Tournaments between the Stronger Machines to Discover Which are Best. Developments on the Horizon

6 But can They Beat People?

How the Chess Computers Fare in Competition against Human Club and Social Players

7 It Crawled out of the Video Screen

Chess Programs for the Popular Home Computers

8 Chess Computers are Almost Human

What Goes on Inside Them. Elementary Programming

9 Is That 'Book'?

How Computers Play Openings. How They Can Help You Improve Your Openings

10 Why Did it Make That Silly Move?

Computer Limitations in the Endgame and How You Can Still Get Good Endgame Practice with a Computer

11 'It's You against the Computer'

The Programs' Greatest Strength — The Middle Game. Testing Yourself against the Computer in a Variety of Middle Game Situations and Learn How Play against a Computer Will Develop Your Full Chess Potential

12 'Are You Another Computer?'

How a Computer Can Help You with Postal Chess and Adjournment Analysis

13 'Mighty Micros March Ever Onward'

The Latest Developments

Further Reading

Index of Computers


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About the Author

T. D. Harding

About the Editor

Jill Price

David N. L. Levy

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