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Gilbert Keddie (Gil) Dodgen, (December 29, 1950 - April 24, 2016 [1])
was an American musician, classical pianist, self-taught Checkers programmer, aerospace software engineer and affiliate of the Evolutionary Informatics Lab. He received Bachelor degrees in music and French and a Master degree in French from Washington State University [2]. His program Checkers! won Silver at the 1st Computer Olympiad, London 1989 and its successor Checkers Experimental was rated sixth in the world in 1992 behind Marion Tinsley at number one, and Chinook by Jonathan Schaeffer et al. at number two [3]. Along with Ed Trice, he worked on 7-Piece Checkers win/loss/draw databases for perfect play, as introduced at the Advances in Computer Games 10 conference, Graz 2003 [4], incorporated in their program World Championship Checkers [5], and also used to verify Chinook's endgame databases [6]. Gil Dodgen died on pulmonary embolism on April 24, 2016.
Gil Dodgen [7]

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  1. ^ 4-24-2016 Gilbert K Dodgen
  2. ^ Obituary: Gil Dodgen, 65, formerly of Pullman | Obituaries, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, May 7, 2016
  3. ^ ICGA Reference Database (pdf)
  4. ^ Ed Trice, Gil Dodgen (2003). The 7-Piece Perfect Play Lookup Database for the Game of Checkers. Advances in Computer Games 10
  5. ^ The WCC Story by Gil Dodgen
  6. ^ Thank You - Chinook - World Man-Machine Checkers Champion
  7. ^ Obituary: Gil Dodgen, 65, formerly of Pullman | Obituaries, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, May 7, 2016

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