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MCCT 1978,
the World's First Microcomputer Chess Tournament took place from March 3-5, 1978, during the Second West Coast Computer Faire, San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California. At the ACM 1977, David Levy made the suggestion to organize a Microcomputer Chess Tournament to Douglas Penrod, editor of the Computer Chess Newsletter [1] . Therefor, the Second West Coast Computer Faire hosted the event, announced January 1978 in the Silicon Gulch Gazette, a free publication associated with the Faire, edited by Jim Warren [2] [3] . Larry Wagner, at that time affiliated with Atari, served as tournament director. The winning program, called Sargon, was a 16 Kbyte Z-80 assembler program written by a husband and wife team, Kathe and Dan Spracklen [4] [5] .
San Jose Convention Center [6]

Final Standing

[7]
#
Program
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
P
Class
1
Sargon
9_1
4_1

5_1
2_1
8_1
5
A - 1
2
Commodore ChessMate

8_½
3_1
9_½
1_0
5_1
3
B - 1
3
Boris
5_½

2_0
bye½
9_1
4_1
3
B - 1
4
Chess Challenger
6_1
1_0

8_1
7_1
3_0
3
B - 1
5
8080 Chess
3_½
10_1

1_0
8_1
2_0

A - 2
6
SD Chess
4_0
9_0

11_1

7_1
2
C - 1
7
Tenberg Basic Chess
11_1


10_1
4_0
6_0
2
C - 1
8
Steve Stuart Chess
10_1
2_½

4_0
5_0
1_0

B - 2
9
CompuChess
1_0
6_1

2_½
3_0


B - 2
10
Compucolor Chess
8_0
5_0

7_0

11_1
1
A - 3
11
Mark Watson Chess
7_0


6_0

10_0
0
C - 2
  • Class A Microcomputers with 8K or more of memory
  • Class B Microcomputers with less than 8K of memory
  • Class C Programs running in Basic

SD Chess

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Ira Baxter's SD Chess [8]

Publications


External Links


References

  1. ^ Computer Chess Tournaments in David Levy, Monroe Newborn (1982, 1983). All About Chess and Computers. Springer, amazon, 2nd edition
  2. ^ Jim Warren (1978). Microcomputer Chess Tournament Announcement. Silicon Gulch Gazette, Vol. 2, No. 2, January 24, 1978, pg. 4
  3. ^ Silicon Gulch Gazette from bitsavers.org
  4. ^ The Second West Coast Computer Faire | Modern Mechanix
  5. ^ Gardner Hendrie (2005). Oral History of Kathe and Dan Spracklen. pdf and Video from The Computer History Museum
  6. ^ Silicon Gulch Gazette, Vol. 2, No. 3, February 10, 1978, pg. 17
  7. ^ Larry Wagner (1978). Results of First Microcomputer Chess Tournament. Silicon Gulch Gazette, Vol. 2, No. 4, May 10, 1978, pg. 9
  8. ^ Chris Morgan (1978). The Second West Coast Computer Faire. BYTE, Vol. 3, No. 7, hosted by Modern Mechanix, Photo 4: Ira Baxter’s chess playing system display, which competed in the Microcomputer Chess Tournament at the Faire

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