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James Testa,
an American physicist and hardware engineer, in the 80s and 90s affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked with Alvin M. Despain on the Berkeley Chess Microprocessor (BCM) [1]. A chess entity authored by James Testa, called Zerker, based on the BCM, was registered for the ACM 1990 tournament, noted as promising newcomer. It reported 7,000,000 moves per second [2] , roughly three times faster than Deep Thought at that time [3]. Unfortunately, a damage to the machine during shipment from California forced its withdrawal [4].

Selected Publications

External Links


  1. ^ Marc Boulé (2002). An FPGA Move Generator for the Game of Chess. Masters thesis, McGill University, Supervisor: Zeljko Zilic, Co-Supervisor: Monty Newborn
  2. ^ The 21st Annual ACM North American Computer Chess Championship from The Computer History Museum, pdf
  3. ^ Quick moves claim computer-chess title - Free Online Library, November 24, 1990
  4. ^ Monty Newborn, Danny Kopec (1991). The 21st ACM North American Computer Chess Championship. Communications of the ACM, Vol. 34, No. 11

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