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The Sixth World Computer Chess Championship took place from May 28 to 31, 1989, in the Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It was held in conjunction with Congress '89 [1] of the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), and was sponsored by Alberta Government Telephones (AGT) [2] .
Tony Marsland's hard work in obtaining funds and recruiting attendees was apparent in the impressive chess expertise available to comment on the event - he further organized the New Directions in Game-Tree Search two-day workshop during the tournament. 24 teams from 9 nations participated. Canadian Chess Champion Kevin Spraggett was present commentating on the games along with David Levy, Mike Valvo, Danny Kopec, Julio Kaplan and David Slate. A large crowd of about 300 were on site during most of the games [3] . Deep Thought won with a perfect score, winning all five games - runner up was BeBe.
Former Edmonton Convention Centre [4]

Final Standing

6th World Computer Chess Championship 1989, Edmonton CA [5] [6]
#
Program
CC
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
Total
SOS
SoDOS
1
Deep Thought
US
22b1
16w1
6b1
3w1
4b1
5
13
13
2
Bebe
US
19b1
3w0
18b1
16w1
8w1
4
12½
9
3
Cray Blitz
US
15w1
2b1
4w½
1b0
9w1

17½
10¾
4
HiTech
US
9b1
14w1
3b½
6w1
1w0

16½

5
Mephisto X
GB
18b0
17w1
7w1
11b½
12w1

12

6
Fidelity X
US
21w1
8b1
1w0
4b0
11w1
3
16

7
AI Chess
US
23w1
10w½
5b0
12b½
16w1
3
11½

8
Merlin
AT
24b1
6w0
20b1
10w1
2b0
3
11½

9
Much
NL
4w0
13b½
15w1
21b1
3b0

14

10
Sun Phoenix
CA
12w1
7b½
11w½
8b0
13w½

13½

11
Novag X
US
17b½
18w1
10b½
5w½
6b0

13
6
12
Zarkov
US
10b0
23w1
14b1
7w½
5b0

12½
5
13
Y!89
SE
14b0
9w½
17b½
18w1
10b½

11½

14
Quest X
NL
13w1
4b0
12w0
23b1
19w½

11½

15
BP
US
3b0
19w1
9b0
20w½
22b1

11
4
16
Rebel X
NL
20w1
1b0
21w1
2b0
7b0
2
16
4
17
Kallisto
NL
11w½
5b0
13w½
19b½
20b½
2
12½

18
Waycool
US
5w1
11b0
2w0
13b0
24w1
2
12½

19
Pandix
HU
2w0
15b0
22b1
17w½
14b½
2
12

20
Rex
US
16b0
22w1
8w0
15b½
17w½
2
10½

21
Dappet
NL
6b0
24w1
16b0
9w0
23w1
2

1
22
Moby
GB
1w0
20b0
19w0
24b1
15w0
1
11½
0
23
Shess
NL
7b0
12b0
24w1
14w0
21b0
1
10
0
24
Centaur
SU
8w0
21b0
23b0
22w0
18b0
0
9
0

Participants

6th World Computer Chess Championship 1989, Edmonton CA [7]
Program
CC
Team
Hardware
Language
Nodes/s
AI Chess
US
Marty Hirsch
Dyna 8086
C, Assembly
2,500
Bebe
US
Tony & Linda Scherzer
Sys-10 bit slice
Assembly
45,000
BP
US
Robert Cullum
Unisys PW800 PC 386
C, Assembly
600
Centaur
SU
Victor Vikhrev
IBM PS2/80 486
Pascal
1,000
Cray Blitz
US
Robert Hyatt, Albert Gower, Harry Nelson
Cray Y-MP/8
Fortran, CAL
100,000
Dappet
NL
Dap Hartmann, Peter Kouwenhoven
Toshiba PC
Turbo Pascal
200 - 800
Deep Thought
US
Feng-hsiung Hsu, Thomas Anantharaman,
Mike Browne, Murray Campbell,
Peter Jansen, Andreas Nowatzyk
VLSI-Sys
C, Assembly
1,000,000
Fidelity X
US
Dan & Kathe Spracklen, Ron Nelson
68030
Assembly
10,000
HiTech
US
Hans Berliner, Carl Ebeling, Murray Campbell,
Gordon Goetsch, Andy Gruss, Andrew Palay,
Larry Slomer
VLSI-Sys
C
100,000
Kallisto
NL
Bart Weststrate
Apple II
Assembly
3,000 - 6,000
Mephisto X
GB
Richard Lang
68020
Assembly
2,000
Merlin
AT
Hermann Kaindl, Helmut Horacek,
Marcus Wagner
IBM 3090
Pascal

Moby
GB
Mark Taylor, Greg Wilson, David Levy
Meiko Computing Surface
Occam
250
Much
NL
Jaap van den Herik, Roger Hünen,
Harry Nefkens, Tom Pronk
Sun-4
C
3,000
Novag X
US
David Kittinger
6502
Assembly
2,800
Pandix
HU
Gyula & Zsuzsa Horváth
Sanyo PC 386
C, Assembly
300
Quest X
NL
Frans Morsch
6502
Assembly
8,000
Rebel X
NL
Ed Schröder, Jan Louwman
6502
Assembly
2,000
Rex
US
Don Dailey, Larry Kaufman
Unisys PW800 PC 386
Pascal

Shess
NL
Ard van Bergen
Vax 8600
Fortran
400
Sun Phoenix
CA
Jonathan Schaeffer
20 x Sun-4
C
10,000
Waycool
US
Ed Felten, Steve Otto, Rod Morison
NCube/10 512 x Intel 80286
C

Y!89
SE
Ulf Rathsman, Lars Hjörth, Sandro Necchi
6502
Assembly
5,000
Zarkov
US
John Stanback
HP 9000/835
C
2,500

Photos

5-2_and_3-1.Hsu.WCCC.Edmonton.1989.102645331.NEWBORN.lg.jpg
Feng-hsiung Hsu [8]

3-1.Michie.WCCC.Edmonton.1989.102645374.NEWBORN.lg.jpg
Michie at the 6th WCCC [9]

3-1_and_3-2.Thompson_Shannon_Slate.WCCC.Edmonton.1989.102645362.NEWBORN.lg.jpg
Thompson, Shannon, and Slate at the 6th WCCC [10]

3-1_and_3-2.Levy_Thompson.WCCC.Edmonton.1989.102645367.NEWBORN.lg.jpg
David Levy and Ken Thompson [11]

5-2.Hsu_and_Shannon_1989.102645330.HSU.lg.jpg
Claude Shannon awards Feng-hsiung Hsu, first prize for Deep Thought [12]

Photos & Games

Hitech-DeepThought-Edmonton-1989.jpg
The game HiTech vs Deep Thought from the 5th (and last) round [13] [14]Hans Berliner, Murray Campbell, Feng-hsiung Hsu and Peter Jansen [15]
[Event "WCCC 1989"]
[Site "Edmonton, Canada"]
[Date "1989.05.31"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Hitech"]
[Black "Deep Thought"]
[Result "0-1"]
 
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 Nc6 5.Nbd2 Be7 6.h3 O-O 7.Be2 Nh5 8.Bh2 g6 9.O-O f5
10.Be5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Nf6 12.c4 c5 13.Ndf3 Bd6 14.a3 Qc7 15.Rc1 a5 16.Qb3 b6 17.Qa4 Bb7
18.Rc2 Kh8 19.cxd5 Bxd5 20.Rd1 Rad8 21.Bb5 Ne4 22.Nd7 Rg8 23.Nfe5 Rg7 24.Rd3 Be7 25.Rd1
h5 26.Rdc1 Bg5 27.Re1 Bh4 28.Rf1 Be7 29.Rfc1 g5 30.f3 Nf6 31.Kf1 g4 32.hxg4 hxg4 33.f4
Be4 34.Rd2 Nd5 35.Re2 Rh7 36.Ree1 Nxe3+ 37.Kg1 Nd5 38.Ng6+ Kg7 39.Nxe7 Qxf4 40.Nxf5+ exf5
41.Rxe4 Qxc1+ 42.Bf1 fxe4 43.Qb3 Rh1+ 44.Kxh1 Qxf1+ 45.Kh2 Rh8+ 46.Qh3 g3+ 47.Kxg3 Qf4#
0-1
Game and short analyze on Lichess.org : https://en.lichess.org/NnCgSyGX

Honored Guests


Invited Guests


Tournament Director


Workshop

The Workshop New Directions in Game Tree Search was organized by Tony Marsland [16] and held in conjunction with the WCCC on May 29 and 30, 1989. Revised contributions of the workshop were published in Computers, Chess, and Cognition.

Session 1

The first session was disclosed by John McCarthy mentioning the often cited metaphor of computer chess as the Drosophila of artificial intelligence research, and attributed it to Alexander Kronrod [17] :

Session 2

The second day began with opening remarks by Claude Shannon, who recalled that in the 40s relays rather than transistors were the state of the art. He still feft that games were an excellent test bed for understanding intelligence, and predicted that within the next 25 years computers would outplay the best humans at chess [18] :

Congress '89

John McCarthy and Donald Michie were invited speakers of the Congress '89 conference of the Canadian Information Processing Society on May 31, 1989 [19] . Their presentations were also published in Computers, Chess, and Cognition:

Poll

When will a Program beat the human Chess World Champion? A poll by David Levy during the WCCC 1989 [20] .
1992
Gyula Horváth, Monty Newborn
1993
John McCarthy
1994
Hans Berliner, Marty Hirsch, Feng-hsiung Hsu
1995
Murray Campbell, Larry Kaufman, David Kittinger, Danny Kopec, Donald Michie, David Slate, Mike Valvo
1997
John Stanback
1998
Kevin O’Connell
1999
Ed Felten, Tom Pronk, Sidney Samole, Claude Shannon, Jos Uiterwijk
2000
Robert Hyatt, Kevin Spraggett, Victor Vikhrev, Jaap van den Herik
2001
Jürg Nievergelt, Mark Taylor
2002
Julio Kaplan
2005
Richard Lang, Pierre Nolot, Ard van Bergen
2008
Harry Nelson
2010
Don Dailey, Ossi Weiner
2011
Lars Hjörth
2013
Tony Scherzer
2014
David Levy
2020
Tony Marsland
2025
Dap Hartmann
2030
Frans Morsch
2040
Jonathan Schaeffer
2050
Harm Bakker
2056
Helmut Horacek
Never
David Cahlander

See also


Booklet


Reports

Tournament

Workshop


Postings


External Links


References

  1. ^ Prospect for the 90's : CIPS Congress '89 : proceedings : Edmonton, Alberta, May 29-June 2, 1989
  2. ^ Garth Courtois Jr. (1989). The Sixth World Computer-Chess Championship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2
  3. ^ World Computer Chess Championship (the human side) by Feng-hsiung Hsu, rec.games.chess, June 04, 1989
  4. ^ Main Entrance of the Shaw Conference Centre (since 1997), formerly the Edmonton Convention Centre, Photo taken Downtown Edmonton, Alberta, August 14, 2006, Myke Waddy
  5. ^ 6th World Computer Chess Championship ICGA tournament site
  6. ^ World Computer Chess Championship - 6th WCCC - 1989 Edmonton by Mark Weeks
  7. ^ Garth Courtois Jr. (1989). The Sixth World Computer-Chess Championship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2
  8. ^ Chess temporary, The Computer History Museum
  9. ^ Michie at the 6th World Computer Chess Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Gift of Monroe Newborn, The Computer History Museum
  10. ^ Thompson, Shannon, and Slate, Gift of Monroe Newborn, The Computer History Museum
  11. ^ Chess temporary, The Computer History Museum
  12. ^ Claude Shannon awards Feng-Hsiung Hsu, Gift of Feng-hsiung Hsu, The Computer History Museum
  13. ^ Edmonton 1989 - Chess - Round 5 - Game 1 (ICGA Tournaments)
  14. ^ Ray Keene (1989). Deep Thoughts from Edmonton. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2
  15. ^ Photo by Pierre Nolot
  16. ^ Tony Marsland (1989). New Directions in Game-Tree Search. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2
  17. ^ James Gillogly (1989). New Directions in Game-Tree Search - First Workshop Session. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2
  18. ^ Murray Campbell (1989). New Directions in Game-Tree Search - Second Workshop Session. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2
  19. ^ David Slate (1989). Invited Speakers: Donald Michie and John McCarthy. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2
  20. ^ Wann wird ein Computer den Weltmeister schlagen?, Schachcomputer.info - Wiki (German)

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