Levy, David; Newborn, Monty
Date finished: 2000-11-03
An excellent out-of-print 1991 book on the state of the art in computer chess. The first eight chapters summarize its history, from Babbage's brief speculations to Shannon's invention of the minimax algorithm, through an array of chess-playing programs from the 1960s to the 1980s, steadily increasing in complexity and skill. Many annotated example games are included, most of which I skipped, lacking the chess knowledge to analyse them. The final chapters examine the algorithms and tricks used in chess-playing programs, discusses how to go about writing your own, and surveys the state of microcomputer chess in 1991. Monty Newborn, a CS professor at McGill, updated this book in 1996 and retitled it "Kasparov Versus Deep Blue : Computer Chess Comes of Age"; it's doubtless worth getting if you're interested in computer chess.
%T How Computers Play Chess %@ 2000-11-03 %A Newborn, Monty %A Levy, David %K computing