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Black Knight,
a chess program developed in 1974 by Fred Prouse, Kenn Sogge, Gary Maltzen and Lonny Lebahn affiliated with Sperry Univac, Roseville, Minnesota [1] . Black Knight was written in Fortran and ran on the UNIVAC 1100 series of computers, playing four ACM North American Computer Chess Championships, the ACM 1975, ACM 1976, ACM 1977 and ACM 1978, and the 2nd World Computer Chess Championship 1977 in Toronto. It was a selective Shannon Type B program, performing Alpha-Beta search with leaf evaluation.
Black armor [2]

Tigran Petrosian

During the 1980 Candidates Match between Viktor Korchnoi and Tigran Petrosian in Velden am Wörther See, Black Knight was used to analyze the games. It further played a short game vs. Petrosian, where a draw offer by Petrosian in a better position was accepted after move 14 [3] .
[Event "Test match"]
[Site "Velden am Wörther See"]
[Date "1980.03.25"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Tigran Petrosian"]
[Black "Black Knight"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Bg4 5.f3 Bf5 6.Nd2 Qd7 7.c3 e6 8.Ne2 a6 9.Ba4
Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Qe1 h6 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.e4 Bg6 14.Nf4 Kh7
1/2-1/2 {draw offer by Petrosian accepted}


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  1. ^ Computer Chess - A Memorial to Brute Force by Louis Kessler
  2. ^ Black armor in a Russian museum by George Shuklin
  3. ^ Schachcomputer sagt Kortschnojs Sieg voraus:: "Black Knight" gegen Petrossjan unentschieden April 18, 1980, Computerwoche 16/1980 (German)
  4. ^ Black Knight Chess - Android Apps on Google Play

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