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Frans Morsch,
a Dutch professional computer chess programmer. Author of various dedicated chess computers and PC-programs. Frans, born in 1954, already started computer chess programming when he was thirteen years old [1]. While studying physics, he started his career with his first program Nona written in 6502 Assembly, and after first tournament successes soon became professional chess programmer - his first dedicated chess computer was the Mephisto Mondial based on Nona [2]. He further developed programs for Hegener & Glaser, Saitek, ChessBase and TASC, most notably his program Quest which in 1991 evolved to Fritz. After the release of Fritz 13 and 22 years of primary authorship, Frans Morsch retired from ChessBase on his own desire [3], the Fritz trademark continued with Gyula Horváth [4] and Vasik Rajlich [5].
Frans Morsch [6]


Frans Morsch (Fritz) with the biggest cup! ICT 2002 [7]

Frans Morsch, David Levy, Mohammed Nasir Ali, Chrilly Donninger, Christopher Lutz
(who works for the Hydra team) and Jaap van den Herik in Bilbao 2004 [8]

Chip of a Mephisto computer with Hegener & Glaser initials, and author name [9]


Dedicated Computers


Forum Posts

External Links


  1. ^ Frans Morsch from Schachcomputer.info Wiki (German)
  2. ^ Mephisto Mondial from Schachcomputer.info Wiki
  3. ^ Re: New Fritz author? by Albert Silver, CCC, November 20, 2013
  4. ^ New Fritz author? by John Hartmann, CCC, November 19, 2013
  5. ^ Fritz 15 engine - questions and answers by Albert Silver, ChessBase News, January 04, 2016
  6. ^ from the Photo Composition of the Participants, DOCCC 1999, Dutch Open Computer Chess Championship 1999 old CSVN site
  7. ^ Photo from 2nd CSVN-Tournament 2002 Gallery
  8. ^ Man vs Machine World Team Championship in Bilbao, October 6 – 9, 2004 from ChessBase News
  9. ^ Frans Morsch name on the ICs, Internal chip of a Mephisto computer, showing Hegener & Glaser initials, and program author name, Photo (cropped) by Sergei Frolov, Soviet Digital Electronics Museum, July 5, 2010, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

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