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The Bernstein Chess Program,
was the first complete chess program, developed in 1957 at Service Bureau Corporation, Madison & 59th Street, Manhattan, New York City [1], by chess player and programmer at IBM, Alex Bernstein with his colleagues Michael de V. Roberts, Timothy Arbuckle and Martin Belsky, supported by chess advisor Arthur Bisguier [2], who became IBM employee at that time and in 1957 international chess grandmaster, and supervised by Nathaniel Rochester [3].

The Bernstein Chess Program was the prototype of a selective forward pruning, Shannon Type B program. On an IBM 704, one of the last vacuum tube computers, it searched four plies minimax in around 8 minutes, considering seven most plausible moves from each position and evaluated material, mobility, area control and king defense [4].
Alex Bernstein, IBM 704 console [5]


External Links


  1. ^ Runner-Up - The New Yorker - November 29, 1958
  2. ^ Arthur Bisguier from Wikipedia.de (German)
  3. ^ Nathaniel Rochester (computer scientist) from Wikipedia
  4. ^ Alex Bernstein, Michael de V. Roberts (1958). Computer vs. Chess-Player. Scientific American, Vol. 198, pp. 96-105. pdf from The Computer History Museum, reprinted in Computer Chess Compendium by David Levy
  5. ^ IBM programmer Alex Bernstein 1958 Courtesy of IBM Archives from The Computer History Museum
  6. ^ Fritz Leiber's "The 64-Square Madhouse" by Ian Osgood, CCC, October 28, 2013
  7. ^ Re: Old programs CHAOS and USC by Dann Corbit, CCC, July 11, 2015

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