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Mike Johnson,
a British computer chess programmer and microcomputer chess pioneer. His program Mike for a Motorola 6800 8-bit CPU (also known as M6800 Chess) won the First PCW Microcomputer Chess Championship, London, September 1978. Mike played the ACM 1978 and the WMCCC 1980.

Mike Johnson was hired by Levy and O’Connell, who were about to found Philidor Software, the forerunner of Intelligent Software, to develop computers chess programs for SciSys and Novag, notably the 6502 based Chess Champion Super System III, and the Fairchild F8 based Chess Champion Pocket Chess and Chess Partner 2000. In 1980 he joined forces with Dave Wilson to construct and build the bit sliced chess machine Advance, which won the European MCC 1982 and European MCC 1983 respectively, and further participated at the WCCC 1980, the WCCC 1983, and the WCCC 1986 [1].
Mike Johnson [2]

Photos & Games

PCW-MCC 1978

Mike Johnson and Rex Kent in Boris vs. Mike, PCW-MCC 1978 [3]
[Event "PCW-MCC 1978"]
[Site "London"]
Date "1978.09.??"]
[Round "play-off"]
White "Boris"]
[Black "Mike"]
[Result "0-1"]
1.e4 e5 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.dxe5 Qxd1+ 5.Kxd1 f6 6.Be3 fxe5 7.Kc1 Nf6 8.Bc4 Bd6 
9.Rb1 Nc6 10.Kd1 Bf5 11.Nge2 O-O-O 12.Kc1 Ng4 13.Ng3 Nxe3 14.fxe3 Na5 15.Nxf5 Nxc4 
16.Rf1 g6 17.Kd1 gxf5 18.Ke2 Rhg8 19.b3 Rxg2+ 20.Rf2 Nxe3 21.Rxg2 Nxg2 22.Nd5 Nf4+ 
23.Nxf4 exf4 {and Black won without any difficulty} 0-1

ACM 1978

Kathe Spracklen and Mike Johnson, Mike vs. Sargon 2, ACM 1978 [4] [5]
[Event "ACM 1978"]
[Site "Washington USA"]
[Date "1978.12.04"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Mike"]
[Black "Sargon 2"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
1.e4 e5 2.d4 Nc6 3.d5 Nb4 4.c3 Na6 5.f4 Nc5 6.fxe5 Qh4+ 7.Kd2 Nxe4+ 8.Kc2 Nf2 
9.Qe1 Bc5 10.Nf3 Qh5 11.Rg1 Ne7 12.Be3 Qg6+ 13.Kc1 Bxe3+ 14.Qxe3 Ng4 15.Qd2 d6 
16.Bd3 Qh5 17.Bb5+ Bd7 18.Bxd7+ Kxd7 19.exd6 cxd6 20.h3 Nf6 21.Qg5 Qxg5+ 
22.Nxg5 Rhf8 23.c4 Rac8 24.Nd2 Nexd5 25.Kb1 Ne3 26.Nge4 Nxe4 27.Nxe4 Rxc4 
28.Nc3 f5 29.a4 d5 30.g3 Rf6 31.Re1 d4 32.Nb5 a6 33.Nxd4 f4 34.gxf4 Rxd4 
35.Rxe3 Rfxf4 36.a5 Rd1+ 37.Ka2 Ra4+ 38.Ra3 Rxa3+ 39.bxa3 Rd2+ 40.Kb3 Rd3+ 
41.Kc4 Rxh3 42.Rd1+ Kc6 43.a4 Rh5 44.Kb4 Rh4+ 45.Kb3 Rh3+ 46.Kc4 Rh5 
47.Kb4 Rh4+ 48.Kb3 Rh3+ 49.Kc4 Rh5 50.Kb4 Rh4+ 1/2-1/2

Chess Programs

Dedicated Computers

External Links


  1. ^ Advance's ICGA Tournaments
  2. ^ Chess Computers - The UK Story from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters
  3. ^ David Levy (1978). The PCW Microcomputer Chess Championships. Personal Computer World, November 1978, pdf from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters
  4. ^ Chess Computers - The UK Story from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters
  5. ^ PGN Download NACCC from Computerschaak/Downloads/Games hosted by CSVN

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