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The Second United States Open Computer Chess Championship was held in Mobile, Alabama, June 17-21, 1986. Six round Swiss system.

Final Standing

[1]
#
Program
CC
Authors
P
SOS
1
Fidelity Chess Challenger N
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
5
19
2
Fidelity Private Line Expert Mach II
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
5
17
3
Mephisto Janus
GB
Richard Lang

14½
4
Chessmaster 2000 Apple
US
David Kittinger

14½
5
Fidelity PC
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen

14½
6
Novag Blitz Monster 6
US
David Kittinger

13½
7
Mephisto Exclusive Rebel
NL
Ed Schröder

11½
8
Mephisto Mobile Rebel
NL
Ed Schröder
3
11½
9
Fidelity Elite 86M [2]
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
3
11
10
Fidelity Excellence 86M
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
3

11
Novag Expert M
US
David Kittinger
3

12
Mephisto Experimental
GB
Richard Lang

11
13
Novag Forte X
US
David Kittinger

9
14
Chessmaster 2000 IBM
US
David Kittinger

5
15
Mephisto Rebel
NL
Ed Schröder
2

16
Chessmaster 2000 MS DOS
US
David Kittinger
2

17
Zsu Zsa
US/HU
Opening Book by Zsuzsa Polgár
1
4
18
EGA
US

1
3

Photos

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Sidney Samole talking to Larry Kaufman [3] [4]

Quotes

from the ICCA Journal tournament report [5]

Surprise

The performance of the Fidelity machines may surprise those who know that, a year ago, Fidelity decided to withdraw temporarily from computer chess tournaments. No Fidelity machines were entered in the WMCCC 1985 in Amsterdam, nor in the WCCC 1986 in Cologne. When analyzing the final score, one encounters another unexpected result; what in Cologne seemed to be a new star in the sky of chess computers is in this tournament biting the dust, placed 7th, 8th and 15th. We refer to Ed Schröder's Rebel program. Admittedly, the road to the top is long and winding, but we expect Rebel to find yet another short cut.

Preordained

We have been told that some machines did not play under the same conditions against stablemates as against other opponents. This preset behavior implies that in certain companies the in-house winner was pre-ordained...

Reports


References

  1. ^ The Editor (1986). The Second U.S. Open Computer-Chess Championship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3
  2. ^ According to Larry Kaufman, Fidelity Elite 86M and Fidelity Excellence 86M had Par Excellence programs in Elite Avant Garde and Excellence housing, Larry Kaufman (1986). 2nd U.S. Open Computer Chess Championship. Computer Chess Reports 1986, Fall/Winter Edition, pp. 27
  3. ^ Fidelity Electronics from chesscomputers.org, pictures from USOCCC 1986
  4. ^ Larry Kaufman (1986). 2nd U.S. Open Computer Chess Championship. Computer Chess Reports 1986, Fall/Winter Edition
  5. ^ The Editor (1986) The Second U.S. Open Computer-Chess Championship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3

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