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The First World Microcomputer Chess Championship took place from September 04, 1980 to September 09, 1980, Cunard International Hotel, London, United Kingdom. This event is also known as the 3rd PCW Microcomputer Chess Championship or Personal Computer World Exhibition [1] , also the inofficial 1st European Microcomputer Chess Championship.
Being held under the auspices of the ICCA and FIDE [2] , multiple entries from same authors were possible. Dan and Kathe Spracklen had five Sargon versions running in various computers, Chess Challenger [3] , Boris Experimental, Sargon 2.0, Sargon 2.5 Modular GS, and Sargon 2.5 Auto RB, and were just affiliated with Fidelity Electronics and primary authors of the winning entity Chess Challenger. Remarkably, Chess Challenger won its last three round games versus three other Sargon programs, and was quite lucky as already in round 2 versus Viktor.
Cunard International Hotel, today Novotel London West [4]

Final Standing

[5]
#
Program
CC
1
2
3
4
5
P
SOS
SoDOS
1
Chess Challenger
US
12w1
10b1
2w1
7b1
5w1
5
13
13
2
Boris Experimental
US
14b1
8w1
1b0
3w1
7w1
4
13
8
3
Mike 3.0 [6]
GB
10w1
7b½
11w1
2b0
4b½
3
13½

4
Rook 4.0
SE
9w0
12b½
10b1
6b1
3w½
3
12

5
Sargon 2.0
US
11w0
9b1
13w1
12b1
1b0
3
12
5
6
Gambiet 80
NL
7w0
11b1
8w1
4w0
12b1
3
11½
6
7
Sargon 2.5 Modular GS
US
6b1
3w½
9b1
1w0
2b0

17½
7
8
Sargon 2.5 Auto RB
US
13w1
2b0
6b0
11w1
9w½

12½

9
Vega 1.7
GB
4b1
5w0
7w0
13w1
8b½

12

10
Viktor
CH
3b0
1w0
4w0
14w1
13b1
2
12
1
11
Albatross
GB
5b1
6w0
3b0
8b0
14w1
2
11½
3
12
Fafner 2
GB
1b0
4w½
14b1
5w0
6w0

14

13
Princhess
SE
8b0
14w1
5b0
9b0
10w0
1
10
0
14
Killer Chess IV
GB
2w0
13b0
12w0
10b0
11b0
0
10½
0

Participants

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Program
CC
Author(s)
Processor
Language
KiB
Company
Albatross
GB
Michael Parker
Z80
Assembly
18

Boris Experimental
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen [8]
6502
Assembly
8
Applied Concepts
Chess Challenger
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen, Ron Nelson,
Ed English, Frank Duason
6502
Assembly
20
Fidelity Electronics
Fafner 2
GB
Guy Burkill, Alex Kidson
6502
Pascal, Assembly
16

Gambiet 80
NL
Wim Rens
Z80
Assembly
10
Microtrend
Killer Chess IV
GB
Andy Thomason
Z80
Assembly
2.2

Mike 3.0
GB
Mike Johnson and Dave Wilson
6502, chess hardware
Assembly
48

Princhess
SE
Ulf Rathsman
6502
Assembly
12

Rook 4.0
SE
Lars Karlsson
Z80, Z8000
Assembly
16

Sargon 2.0
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
6502
Assembly
24

Sargon 2.5 Auto RB
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
6502
Assembly
8
Applied Concepts, Chafitz
Sargon 2.5 Modular GS
US
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
6502
Assembly
8
Applied Concepts, Chafitz
Vega 1.7
GB
David Broughton
Z80
Assembly
12

Viktor
CH
Herbert Bruderer
8085
Assembly
8


Selected Games

see also the round 2 game, Viktor - Chess Challenger.

Round 3, Chess Challenger - Boris Experimental [9]
[Event "WMCCC 1980"]
[Site "London, United Kingdom"]
[Date "1980.09.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Chess Challenger"]
[Black "Boris Experimental"]
[Result "1-0"]
 
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Bc5 6. c3 Nf6 7. d4 exd4
8. e5 Qe7 9. cxd4 Bb4+ 10. Kf1 Ng8 11. Bf4 Na5 12. a3 Nxb3 13. Qxb3 Ba5
14. Nc3 Bb7 15. d5 O-O-O 16. Rc1 f6 17. exf6 Nxf6 18. d6 Qe6 19. Qxe6 dxe6
20. dxc7 Rd7 21. Ng5 Re8 22. Re1 h6 23. Nxe6 Rde7 24. b4 Bb6 25. a4 Rxe6
26. Rxe6 Rxe6 27. axb5 axb5 28. Be3 Bxc7 29. Bd4 Bc6 30. f3 Bd6 31. Na2 Bd5
32. Nc3 Bc4+ 33. Kf2 Bxb4 34. Rb1 Bd6 35. Nxb5 Bxh2 36. Nc3 Bd6 37. g3 Kd7
38. f4 g6 39. Kf3 Nd5 40. Ne4 Be7 41. Rb7+ Kc6 42. Rb2 h5 43. Rc2 Kb5 44. Rb2+
Bb4 45. Be5 Bd3 46. Nd6+ Kc5 47. Rb3 Bc2 48. Nb7+ Kb6 49. Rb2 Rc6 50. Nd6 Bd1+
51. Ke4 Kc5 52. f5 Nc3+ 53. Kd3 gxf5 54. Nxf5 Nd5 55. Bd4+ Kb5 56. Be5 Kc5
57. Bd4+ Kb5 58. Be5 Ka4 59. Ra2+ Ba3 60. Kd4 Nc3 61. Ra1 Nb5+ 62. Ke3 Bc2
63. Kf4 Rc4+ 64. Kg5 Rg4+ 65. Kf6 Rc4 66. Kg5 Rg4+ 67. Kf6 Kb3 68. Rh1 Bxf5
69. Kxf5 Nd6+ 70. Ke6 Rg6+ 71. Kd5 Nc4 72. Bf4 Rb6 73. Ke4 Rb5 74. Rd1 Bb2
75. Re1 Be5 76. Rb1+ Bb2 77. Re1 Be5 78. Rb1+ Ka4 79. Rxb5 Bxf4 80. Rc5 Kb4
81. Rxc4+ Kxc4 82. Kxf4 Kd5 83. Kg5 Ke4 84. Kxh5 Kf5 85. g4+ Ke4 86. g5 Kf5
87. g6 Ke6 88. Kh6 Kf6 89. g7 Kf7 90. Kh7 Ke6 91. g8=Q+ Ke5 92. Kg6 Ke4
93. Qc4+ Ke5 94. Kg5 Kd6 95. Kf6 Kd7 96. Qc5 Kd8 97. Ke6 Ke8 98. Qe7# 1-0
Game and short analyze on Lichess.org : https://en.lichess.org/RYPXlx5A

See also


Publications

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Forum Posts


External Links


References

  1. ^ Third PCW Exhibition (ICGA Tournaments)
  2. ^ Kevin O’Connell (1980). World Microcomputer Chess Championship. Personal Computer World, November 1980
  3. ^ Chess Challenger prototype of a Fidelity Champion Sensory Chess Challenger with 6502 processor
  4. ^ Hotel Novotel London West - London, former Cunard International Hotel, from WikiMapia, Novotel London West
  5. ^ WMCC 1980, CSVN tournament site
  6. ^ Tony Harrington (1983). Advance Warning. Personal Computer World, November 1983, pdf hosted by Mike Watters
  7. ^ Kevin O’Connell (1980). World Microcomputer Chess Championship. Personal Computer World, November 1980
  8. ^ no authors given, but according to Kevin O’Connell (1980). World Microcomputer Chess Championship. Personal Computer World, November 1980, a Sargon program, likely modified by Applied Concepts staff John Aker and Terry Fredrick
  9. ^ London 1980 - Chess - Round 3 - Game 1 (ICGA Tournaments)
  10. ^ Publication Archive from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters
  11. ^ O’Connell's report referred in Mikros noch ohne Großmeister-Format November 28, 1980, Computerwoche 48/1980 (German) on the WCCC 1980 and the Chess Challenger 6502 vs Z80 issue

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