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The Fourth World Microcomputer Chess Championship took place from September 9-15, 1984, at Stakis Ingram Hotel [1], Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, hosted by the Scottish Chess Association as part of their centenary celebration. Mike Valvo served as Tournament Director, and the ICCA was represented by Monroe Newborn.

Nineteen programs battled for the title, represented far fewer interests since multiple entries were allowed. Each company was permitted as many as three entries although there was no limit for a particular author, like Dan and Kathe Spracklen with interests in seven of the nineteen entries. After seven rounds, four programs tied for the first place, presented four different interests which was a mathematical miracle, Elite X, Mephisto III A, Princhess X and Psion. The awards ceremony took place in the about-to-be-founded Turing Institute, the brainchild of Donald Michie and an affiliate of Glasgow's University of Strathclyde [2].
Turing Institute [3]

Final Standing

[4]
#
Program
CC
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Total
SOS
SoDOS
G
1
Psion
GB
8w1
16b1
2w1
3b0
6b1
4b½
5w½
5
31
21¼
7
2
Princhess X
SE
6b1
17w1
1b0
12w½
9b1
3w1
4w½
5
29½
20¼
7
3
Elite X
US
4b½
18w1
9b1
1w1
5b½
2b0
11w1
5
29½
19¾
7
4
Mephisto III A
DE
3w½
10b1
15w1
5b½
12b1
1w½
2b½
5
29½
19¾
7
5
Conchess X
SE
11w1
15b½
17b1
4w½
3w½
6b½
1b½

28
17
7
6
Elegance
US
2w0
19b1
16w1
11b1
1w0
5w½
15b1

24
11¾
7
7
Elite Y
US
15w0
11b½
19w1
13b½
16w1
9b½
14b1

19½
11¾
7
8
Private Line
US
1b0
bye
11w0
19b1
18w½
13b1
16b1

17½

6
9
Mephisto III C
DE
10w1
13b½
3w0
15b1
2w0
7w½
12b1
4
27½
13¾
7
10
Sargon III / Apple
US
9b0
4w0
18b1
14w1
13w1
11b0
19b1
4
22

7
11
Mephisto III B
DE
5b0
7w½
8b1
6w0
17b1
10w1
3b0

29½
13¼
7
12
Sargon III / MacIntosh
US
16w0
14b1
13w1
2b½
4w0
15b1
9w0

25
11
7
13
Conchess Y
SE
18b1
9w½
12b0
7w½
10b0
8w0
bye
3
23

6
14
Intelligent Chess Software
GB
17b0
12w0
bye
10b0
19w1
18b1
7w0
3
18

6
15
Colossus 2.1
GB
7b1
5w½
4b0
9w0
bye
12w0
6w0

26

6
16
L'Empereur
GB
12b1
1w0
6b0
17w½
7b0
bye
8w0

24½

6
17
Sargon III / Compaq
US
14w1
2b0
5w0
16b½
11w0
19b1
18b0

22

7
18
Orwell
DE
13w0
3b0
10w0
bye
8b½
14w0
17w1

22

6
19
Chessnut 3
GB
bye
6w0
7b0
8w0
14b0
17w0
10w0
1
23
0
6

Participants

[5] [6] [7]
Program
CC
Class
Authors
Company
Hardware
MHz
Chessnut 3
GB
A
Geoffrey Bulmer

6502 Commodore 64
0.9
Colossus 2.1
GB
N
Martin Bryant

6502 Apple II
3.5
Conchess X
SE
N
Ulf Rathsman, Lars Hjörth
HB Princhess
6502
6.5
Conchess Y
SE
N
Elegance
US
C
Dan and Kathe Spracklen,
Ron Nelson, Boris Baczynskyj
Fidelity Electronics
6502
6.55
Elite X
US
N
6
Elite Y
US
N
Intelligent Chess Software
GB
C
Richard Lang, Mark Taylor
Intelligent Chess
6502 Apple II
3.5
L'Empereur
GB
C
Richard Lang
Intelligent Chess
Z80
4
Mephisto III A
DE
C
Thomas Nitsche, Elmar Henne
Hegener & Glaser
68000
12
Mephisto III B
DE
C
Mephisto III C
DE
C
Orwell
DE
N
Thomas Nitsche, Elmar Henne
Nitsche & Henne
68000
12
Princhess X
SE
N
Ulf Rathsman
HB Princhess
6502
6.1
Private Line
US
C
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
Remote Control Systems
6502
6
Psion
GB
N
Richard Lang
Psion
68000 SAGE IV
8
Sargon III / Apple
US
C
Dan and Kathe Spracklen
Hayden Software
6502 Apple II
3.5
Sargon III / Mac Intosh
US
C
68000 Macintosh
4
Sargon III / Compaq
US
C
8088 Compaq
1

Photos

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Thomas Nitsche, Ossi Weiner and Lars Hjörth, WMCCC 1984 Glasgow [8] [9]

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TD Mike Valvo and ICCA President Monroe Newborn [10]

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All the four (shared) World Microcomputer Chess Champion teams with ICCA President:
Ulf Rathsman, Richard Lang, Kathe Spracklen, Dan Spracklen, Thomas Nitsche, Sidney Samole,
Geoffrey Bulmer, Monroe Newborn (covered), Ossi Weiner and Elmar Henne [11]

Tournament Director


Publications


External Links


References

  1. ^ Ingram - Glasgow - Prices, Offers & Tests of Ingram
  2. ^ Monroe Newborn (1984). The Fourth World Microcomputer Chess Championship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 7, No. 4
  3. ^ The Turing Institute, George Square, Glasgow, Image by Peter Mowforth, September 01, 1985, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons, Turing Institute from Wikipedia
  4. ^ WMCC 1984, CSVN tournament site
  5. ^ 4th World Microcomputer Chess Championship from the ICGA Tournament Database
  6. ^ Monroe Newborn (1984). The Fourth World Microcomputer Chess Championship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 7, No. 4
  7. ^ Tony Harrington (1984). Look back in dismay - Report of WMCCC 1984. Personal Computer World, December 1984
  8. ^ Was macht eigentlich Thomas Nitsche, der Mephisto III Programmierer? by Thorsten Czub
  9. ^ Photo by Rainer Neuhäusler, Re: Who is that guy? by Rainer Neuhäusler, CCC, August 19, 2009
  10. ^ László Lindner, A SZÁMÍTÓGÉPES SAKK KÉPEKBEN című melléklete - The pictures of the Beginning of Chess Computers
  11. ^ László Lindner, A SZÁMÍTÓGÉPES SAKK KÉPEKBEN című melléklete - The pictures of the Beginning of Chess Computers
  12. ^ World Micro Computer Chess Championship 1984 photos by Martin Bryant, CCC, November 28, 2013

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