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Thomas A. (Tom) Throop,
an American pioneer in Bridge programming, and founder of Great Game Products [1], the makers of Bridge Baron. He is strong bridge, chess and correspondence chess player [2], and has written a first computer bridge program on a UNIVAC I at a US Navy laboratory in Washington, D.C. in 1958 [3] [4]. In 1982, he completed the first version of Bridge Baron, and founded Great Game Products in 1985 [5]. In collaboration with Vaxchess programmer Tony Guilfoyle, Bridge Baron won the Gold medals in 1990/91 at the 2nd and 3rd Computer Olympiad, and the Silver medal at the 4th Computer Olympiad, 1992, the 1990 version commercialized as Micro Bridge Companion [6] [7]. Along with Dana Nau and Stephen J.J. Smith [8] [9], Throop developed sophisticated AI-planning techniques in Bridge Baron [10], when it became the first world champion in 1997 [11]. In 2001, Thomas A. Throop, Senior passed along the role of managing the company to his son, Thomas Throop, Junior [12].

Selected Publications

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References

  1. ^ Great Game Products
  2. ^ Great Game Products Inc Company Profile | ZoomInfo.com
  3. ^ Bridge: Jack - World Computer Bridge Championship Contestants: Bridge Baron
  4. ^ Participating Computer Bridge Software for the World Computer Bridge Championship and the History of these Software Programs - Summary of Participants at Computer Olympiads See: Computer Olympiad (pdf)
  5. ^ Tom Throop's Bridge Baron - GB64.COM
  6. ^ Micro Bridge Companion - Programs by Tom Throop and Tony Guilfoyle from Amazon.com
  7. ^ Ian Frank (1998). Search and Planning Under Incomplete Information: A Study Using Bridge Card Play. Springer, at amazon, 1996 Ph.D. thesis, University of Edinburgh at CiteSeerX
  8. ^ Graduate Alum Profile: Dana Nau
  9. ^ Jussi Tella (1997). Planning in Games. Seminar on Knowledge Engineering, Fall 1997, Helsinki University of Technology
  10. ^ Bridge Baron - The 1997 world champion of computer bridge uses AI planning techniques to plan its declarer play
  11. ^ 1997 Baron Barclay World Computer Bridge Championship by Alvin Levy
  12. ^ Participating Computer Bridge Software for the World Computer Bridge Championship and the History of these Software Programs - Summary of Participants at Computer Olympiads See: Computer Olympiad (pdf)
  13. ^ dblp: Thomas A. Throop
  14. ^ ICGA Reference Database (pdf)

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