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The Second World Microcomputer Chess Championship took place from September 21 to 28, 1981, Salon Timmendorf in the Maritim Hotel [1] , Travemünde, West Germany, hosted and sponsored by the Horten AG, a German department store chain and primary German Novag distributor at that time [2]. The two last playoff rounds took place in Hamburg.

The tournament organizers were Gerhard Piel, an architect and collector of computer chess machines, Frederic Friedel, a science journalist and Dieter Steinwender, a computer scientist. Tournament director was Horst Metzing [3] of the German Chess Federation. The ICCA along with the FIDE sanctioned the tournament as a world championship, ICCA observers were Ben Mittman and Ken Thompson.
Travemünde by night with Maritim Hotel Tower [4]

Final Standing

[5]

Open Group

[6]
#
Program
CC
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
P
SOS
SoDOS
1
Fidelity X
US
4w0
2w1
6b1
5w1
7b1
3w1
8b1
6
25
18¼
2
Princhess 2.9
SE
8w1
1b0
4w1
6w1
5b1
7w1
3b0
5
23
13½
3
Novag X
US
6b0
5w½
7b1
4b1
8w1
1b0
2w1

25
14¼
4
Philidor X
GB
1b1
7w1
2b0
3w0
6b½
8w1
5b1

25
13
5
LogiChess 2.1
DK
7w½
3b½
8w1
1b0
2w0
6b½
4w0

25½
7
6
Conic X
HK
3w1
8b0
1w0
2b0
4w½
5w½
7b0
2
26

7
SciSys X
GB
5b½
4b0
3w0
8b½
1w0
2b0
6w1
2
26

8
Applied Concepts X
US
2b0
6w1
5b0
7w½
3b0
4b0
1w0

20½


Commercial Group

[7]
#
Program
CC
1A
1B
2A
2B
3A
3B
4A
4B
5A
5B
6A
6B
P
SOS
SoDOS
1
Chess Champion Mark V [8]
GB/HK
3w½
3b1
4b½
4w1
2w0
2b½
3w1
3b1
4b1
4w1
2w0
2b1

71
42¼
2
Champion Sensory Challenger
US
4b0
4w1
3w1
3b0
1b1
1w½
4b1
4w½
3w0
3b½
1b1
1w0

70
38¾
3
Novag Savant
US/HK
1b½
1w0
2b0
2w1
4w1
4b0
1b0
1w0
2b1
2w½
4w1
4b1
6
76
30
4
Gruenfeld/Morphy/Capablanca
US
2w1
2b0
1w½
1b0
3b0
3w1
2w0
2b½
1w0
1b0
3b0
3w0
3
71
28½

Playoff

[9]
#
Name
CC
1
2
3
P
1
Fidelity X
US
w1
b1
w1
3
2
Chess Champion Mark V
GB
b0
w0
b0
0

Participants

[10]

Open Group

Program
CC
Authors
Processor/Hardware
Applied Concepts X
US
John Aker, Larry Atkin, David Slate et al.
6502
Conic X
HK
Stephen Chen
Z 80 A
Fidelity X
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
6502
LogiChess 2.1
DK
Kaare Danielsen
Z 80 A Nascom 2
Novag X
US
David Kittinger
Z 80 B
Philidor X
GB
David Broughton, Mark Taylor,
David Levy, Kevin O’Connell
Z 80 A Osborne 1
Princhess 2.9
SE
Ulf Rathsman
6502 CBM-3032
SciSys X
GB
Mark Taylor, David Broughton,
David Levy, Kevin O’Connell
Z 80 A

Commercial Group

Program
CC
Authors
Manufacturer
Processor
Champion Sensory Challenger
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
Fidelity Electronics
6502
Chess Champion Mark V
GB/HK
David Broughton, Mark Taylor,
David Levy, Kevin O’Connell
SciSys
6502
Gruenfeld/Morphy/Capablanca
US
John Aker, Larry Atkin, David Slate et al.
Applied Concepts
6502
Novag Savant
US/HK
David Kittinger
Novag
Z 80 B

Commercial Controversy

The published rules provided for participation in an open and commercial category. The organizers had hoped that by sponsoring a purely commercial section, they could provide the computer chess buying public with a clear indication of which is the strongest commercially available chess machine. In doing this, however, they wanted to avoid what had happened after previous microcomputer chess tournaments when misleading advertising claims were made by manufacturers or by their representatives. The lack of a precise definition for the commercial group became a source for a great deal of controversy, and soured many of the participants, the organizers, and the ICCA observers on this type of tournament [11] . The requirement for the manufacturers section for commercially available chess computers, forced Hegener & Glaser to withdraw their intended entry Mephisto II since commercial production would not begin until November, and Hegener & Glaser chose not to enter in the open group as well. Finally, the Applied Concepts personal withdrew their programs after some rounds from both sections of the tournament, due to a bug in their Capablanca module of the Great Game Machine [12] .

Photos & Games

Fidelity X - Philidor X

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David Levy operating Philidor vs Fidelity X [13] [14]
[Event "WMCCC 1981"]
[Site "Travemünde, Germany"]
[Date "1981.09.21"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Fidelity X"]
[Black "Philidor X"]
[Result "0-1"]
 
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 e6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Na3 cxd4 7.Nb5 Qd7
8.Bf4 e5 9.Bxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Qe7 11.Qe2 dxc3 12.Nc7+ Qxc7 13.Ng6+ Ne7
14.Nxh8 cxb2 15.Qxb2 Qa5+ 16.Ke2 Qa6+ 17.Kd2 Qa5+ 18.Kd1 Bg4+ 19.f3 Rd8+
20.Ke2 Be6 21.g3 Nd5 22.Qc1 Bc5 23.Kd1 Nc3+ 24.Kc2 Bf5+ 25.Bd3 Bxd3+
26.Kd2 Ne4+ 27.Kd1 Nf2# 0-1

Playoff

WMCCC1981FidelitySciSys.JPG
Ron Nelson, Kathe & Dan Spracklen, David Levy in CC Mark V - Fidelity X [15] [16]
[Event "WMCCC 1981 (Playoff)"]
[Site "Hamburg, Germany"]
[Date "1981.09.28"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Chess Champion Mark V"]
[Black "Fidelity X"]
[Result "0-1"]
 
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3 Nf6 5.Bd2 Ng4 6.Qg3 d6 7.Nc3 Be7
8.Nd5 O-O 9.Nf3 Nf6 10.Bd3 Nxd5 11.exd5 Nb8 12.O-O-O Na6 13.Ng5 Bxg5
14.Bxg5 f6 15.Be3 Bd7 16.f4 Nb4 17.Qh4 f5 18.Qxd8 Raxd8 19.a3 Nxd3+
20.Rxd3 Bb5 21.Rc3 c5 22.dxc6 Bxc6 23.Bd4 g6 24.Rg3 b6 25.h4 Rde8
26.h5 Re4 27.Rd1 Kf7 28.hxg6+ hxg6 29.Rh3 Rxf4 30.Rh7+ Ke6 31.Rxa7 Bxg2
32.Bxb6 g5 33.b4 Rc4 34.Rg7 Be4 35.Rg6+ Ke5 36.Rd2 g4 37.Bf2 Rfc8
38.Bg3+ f4 39.Rg5+ Bf5 40.Re2+ Kf6 41.Bh4 Rxc2+ 42.Rxc2 Rxc2+ 43.Kd1
Rh2 44.Rh5+ Ke6 45.Rh6+ Kd5 46.b5 g3 47.Rh5 Ke4 48.Rh8 Rxh4 49.Re8+ Kd3
50.Re1 g2 51.Kc1 Rh1 52.Rg1 Rxg1+ 53.Kb2 Rb1+ 54.Ka2 Be6+ 55.Kxb1 Kc3
56.Ka1 g1=Q# 0-1

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References

  1. ^ Pictures Hotel Travemünde - Book Hotels Travemünde - Maritim
  2. ^ Horten macht's möglich: Schach-Computer für 250 Mark, October 13, 1978, Computerwoche 42/1978 (German)
  3. ^ Interview mit Horst Metzing from ChessBase.de (German)
  4. ^ Skyline of Lübeck-Travemünde with the oldest lighthouse at the German coast of the Baltic Sea and Maritim Hotel at the Promenade of Travemünde, Photo by Thomas Möller, August 15, 2004 , CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons, Lübeck-Travemünde from Wikipedia.de
  5. ^ WMCC 1981, CSVN tournament site
  6. ^ 2nd World Microcomputer Chess Championship - Travemünde 1981 (ICGA Tournaments)
  7. ^ 2nd World Microcomputer Chess Championship (Commercial) - Travemünde 1981 (ICGA Tournaments)
  8. ^ Chess Champion Mark V
  9. ^ 2nd World Microcomputer Chess Championship (Playoff) - Travemünde 1981 (ICGA Tournaments)
  10. ^ Björn Schwarz (1981). Güld’ne Pfründe in Travemünde. 2. Mikrocomputer-Schachweltmeisterschaft. Chip 12-1981 (German)
  11. ^ Ben Mittman, Ken Thompson (1981). Second World Microcomputer Chess Championship, Travemünde and Hamburg, West Germany. ICCA Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 2
  12. ^ David Levy and Kevin O’Connell (1981). A New World Champion. Chess, October/November 1981, Publication Archive from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters
  13. ^ László Lindner, A SZÁMÍTÓGÉPES SAKK KÉPEKBEN című melléklete - The pictures of the Beginning of Chess Computers
  14. ^ Travemünde 1981 - Chess - Round 1 - Game 1 (ICGA Tournaments)
  15. ^ Tom Fürstenberg (1981). 2e Micro WK Travemünde/Hamburg. Computerschaak, 11-1981 (Dutch) from 09-1981, 2. Mikrocomputer-Schachweltmeisterschaft in Travemünde und Hamburg (pdf) hosted by Hein Veldhuis, Photo by Tom Fürstenberg (?)
  16. ^ Travemünde 1981 - Chess (Playoff) - Round 2 - Game 1 (ICGA Tournaments)
  17. ^ Publication Archive from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters

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