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Donald Francis (Don) Beal,
a British computer scientist and computer games researcher, Emeritus staff from the Queen Mary and Westfield College of London, Department of Computer Science [1].

Don Beal researched and published on various computer chess related topics, for instance search pathology, null move quiescence search, integrated bounds and values, temporal difference learning and retrograde analysis. Selected publications were summarized in his Ph.D. thesis The Nature of MINIMAX Search [2] , he was author and co-author of several chess programs competing at various CC Tournaments, and was long time board member of the ICCA as Secretary-Treasurer [3], contributor of multiple Advances in Computer Chess Conferences, as well as editor of the ACC 4, ACC 5 and ACC 6 conference proceedings. Don Beal advocated and organized Uniform-Platform Computer Chess Championship [4], an approach to compare programs without hardware dependence.
Don Beal, WCCC 1986 [5]


Don Beal's BCP still in the assembly stage, 1983 [6]

Don Beal, Thompson, Newborn and Botvinnik, WCCC 1983 [7]

Don's Programs

Don Beal is author and co-author of following chess programs [8] :

and the Lines of Action program:

See also

Selected Publications

[9] [10] [11]


1980 ...

1990 ...

2000 ...

Forum Posts

External Links


  1. ^ School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science - Honorary, Retired and Visiting Staff
  2. ^ Don Beal (1999). The Nature of MINIMAX Search. Ph.D. thesis
  3. ^ Jaap van den Herik (2000). From Cognition to Perception. ICGA Journal, Vol. 23, No. 4
  4. ^ QMW "Uniform Platform" Computer-Chess Tournament from the old CSVN site
  5. ^ László Lindner, A SZÁMÍTÓGÉPES SAKK KÉPEKBEN című melléklete - The pictures of the Beginning of Chess Computers
  6. ^ Image by Tony Harrington, from: Tony Harrington (1983). Alphabetical Chess. Personal Computer World, June 1983, pdf hosted by Mike Watters
  7. ^ Photo Gift of Monroe Newborn from The Computer History Museum
  8. ^ Don Beal's ICGA Tournaments
  9. ^ DBLP: Donald F. Beal
  10. ^ ICGA Reference Database (pdf)
  11. ^ Don Beal's Publications
  12. ^ QMW computer chess by Don Beal, rec.games.chess, August 19, 1993
  13. ^ Generating egtbs ICGAJ by Tony Werten, CCC, December 04, 2001, with reference to Computing endgames with few men by Urban Koistinen
  14. ^ Wu / Beal retrograde analisys algorithm by Alvaro Jose Povoa Cardoso, Winboard Forum, March 10, 2007
  15. ^ courtesy of Don Beal and Carey Bloodworth, Re: Antique chess programs by Carey, CCC, December 16, 2015

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