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John L. Aker,
an American electrical engineer affiliated with Applied Concepts. Along with Applied Concepts CEO Alan Mead and others, he holds various patents [1] [2] concerning Doppler complex FFT police radar, which is now the primary business of Applied Concepts [3]. In the '80s, Aker started at Applied Concepts programming chess, to continue the work on Boris 2.5 based on Sargon 2.5 by Kathe and Dan Spracklen. The intermediate Boris Experimental (Boris X), runner up of the WMCCC 1980, and forerunner of the Morphy program was denied to participate at the ACM 1980 after a protest filed by Kathe Spracklen causing a controversy [4] [5].

Aker is author and co-author of various dedicated chess computers and module programs running on Applied Concepts' Great Game Machine and the Chafitz modular game system from their former distributor Chafitz. He worked along with David Slate, Larry Atkin, Alan Mead, Terry Fredrick, and John Jacobs [6] on the Boris X and Morphy program, and the Destiny Prodigy [7] [8].

External Links


  1. ^ John L Aker - Inventor Patent Directory, Page 1
  2. ^ 264 F3d 1326 Kustom Signals Inc v. Applied Concepts Inc John L Aker | OpenJurist
  3. ^ Welcome to Stalker Radar - The World Leader in Speed Measurement from Applied Concepts
  4. ^ Applied Concepts - Morphy Edition Master Chess (module) (pdf) by Hein Veldhuis
  5. ^ Evan Katz (1981). The Eleventh North American Computer Chess Championship. Personal Computing 5 (1981), 2, 86-90
  6. ^ The Twelfth ACM's North American Computer Chess Championship, pdf from The Computer History Museum
  7. ^ Chafitz Destiny from Schachcomputer.info Wiki (German and English)
  8. ^ Chafitz Destiny Prodigy Electronic Chess Computer from The Spacious Mind

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