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Danny Kopec, (February 28, 1954 – June 12, 2016 [1])
was an American computer scientist, associate professor at the Brooklyn College [2], international chess master, chess and computer chess writer and assistant tournament director and reporter of various ACM North American Computer Chess Championships [3] , chess programmer and Opening Book Author [4] . Along with Larry Harris et al., Danny Kopec was co-author of Dartmouth CP [5], competing the ACM 1973 [6] .

In 1975 Kopec graduated from Dartmouth College and later wrote his Ph.D. in Machine Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh, Thesis: Human and Machine Representations of Knowledge, supervisor Donald Michie [7] . In 1982 Danny Kopec and Ivan Bratko designed the Bratko-Kopec Test [8] [9].

Danny Kopec died on June 12, 2016 from pancreatic cancer [10].
Danny Kopec [11]

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IM Danny Kopec [12]



Chess Endgames

Quote by Maarten van Emden in I remember Donald Michie [13] :
In 1980 I spent another summer in Edinburgh as a guest of Donald Michie. Since the low point of 1975, thanks to assiduous and inventive joint pursuit of funding possibilities by Donald and Jean, the Machine Intelligence Research Unit was alive with work focused on chess endgames. There were students, including Tim Niblett and Alen Shapiro. Danny Kopec was there, perhaps formally as a student, but de facto as the resident chess consultant. Ivan Bratko visited frequently. Alen was the administrator of the dream computing environment of that time: a small PDP-11 running Unix.

Selected Publications

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References

  1. ^ International Master Danny Kopec, 1954-2016 - US Chess by Frank Niro, June 22, 2016
  2. ^ Dr. Danny Kopec Associate Professor Brooklyn College
  3. ^ The 21st Annual ACM North American Computer Chess Championship 1990, pdf from The Computer History Museum
  4. ^ Danny Kopec - Summary of Qualifications and Education 1991; Developer of Opening Book for Sargon V chess computer as Consultant for Mediagenic Inc., Menlo Park, California.
  5. ^ Danny Kopec. (1977). Recent developments in computer chess. Firbush News 7 Edinburgh: Machine Intelligence Research Unit, University of Edinburgh (ed. D. Michie), pdf
  6. ^ 4th North American CC Championship, Aug. 1973, Atlanta USA from CSVN Computerschaak Computer Chess History Pages
  7. ^ Danny Kopec - Summary of Qualifications and Education
  8. ^ The Kopec Chess Services - The Bratko-Kopec Test
  9. ^ Sanny: Some test positions for you post in rec.games.chess.misc August 18, 2008
  10. ^ International Master Danny Kopec, 1954-2016 - US Chess by Frank Niro, June 22, 2016
  11. ^ Danny Kopec - Brooklyn College - RateMyProfessors.com
  12. ^ About International Master Dr. Danny Kopec
  13. ^ I remember Donald Michie (1923 – 2007) « A Programmers Place by Maarten van Emden, June 12, 2009
  14. ^ ICGA Reference Database (pdf)
  15. ^ Publications
  16. ^ Publications prior to the year 2000
  17. ^ Revised version of the paper Comparison and Testing of Six Commercial Computer Chess Programs, presented at the WCCC 1992 - Workshop: The Impact of Computer Chess on AI Research by Tony Marsland

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