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Kempelen,
a chess program written by Attila Kovács for 6502 and later 68000 based home computers, like Commodore 64, Commodore 128 and Atari ST. The commercial Commodore version by Andromeda Software Inc. [1], market in 1986 by Sierra On-Line was co-authored by Grandmaster István Bilek and Tamás Révkirá [2]. Kempelen played four World Microcomputer Chess Championships in the 80s, the WMCCC 1985, WMCCC 1986, WMCCC 1988 and WMCCC 1989. The program's name was in remembrance of the Hungarian inventor Wolfgang von Kempelen [3], in the late 18th century the constructor of The Turk, the chess-playing automaton later revealed to be a hoax.
Kempelen Intro Screen [4]

Selected Games

WMCCC 1985 (Amateurs), round 4, PK83 - Kempelen I [5]
[Event "WMCCC 1985 (Amateurs)"]
[Site "Amsterdam, NL"]
[Date "1985.09.11"]
[Round "4"]
[White "PK83"]
[Black "Kempelen I"]
[Result "0-1"]
 
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 Bd7 6.d4 Nf6 7.d5 Na7 8.Bg5 Be7 
9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Nbd2 b5 11.Bc2 O-O 12.O-O Qe7 13.Qe2 c5 14.a4 Rfe8 15.axb5 
axb5 16.Ra5 Bg4 17.b4 cxb4 18.cxb4 Rac8 19.Bd3 Rc3 20.Bxb5 Nxb5 21.Rxb5 
Rec8 22.h3 Bd7 23.Rb7 Qe8 24.g4 g6 25.g5 Bxh3 26.gxf6 Bxf1 27.Kxf1 h5 
28.Ra7 Rc1+ 29.Kg2 R1c3 30.Ng5 R8c7 31.Rxc7 Rxc7 32.Qd3 Qd8 33.Qb5 Rc3 
34.Nb1 Rc1 35.Na3 Qxf6 36.Nf3 Rc3 37.Qe8+ Kg7 38.Nxe5 dxe5 39.Nb5 Qf3+ 
0-1

Photos

KempelenC128WMCCC1985.jpg
WMCCC 1985, Kempelen running on a Commodore 128, operated by Gyula Horváth [6]

External Links

Chess Program

Misc


References

  1. ^ The Two Guys from Andromeda Story
  2. ^ Kempelen from GB64.COM
  3. ^ Baron von Kempelens Schach-„Automat“ (German)
  4. ^ Kempelen from GB64.COM
  5. ^ Amsterdam 1985 - Chess (Amateur) - Round 4 - Game 1 (ICGA Tournaments)
  6. ^ Screen Capture from Amsterdam 1985 Video, 0:37

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