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Astro 64,
the first Romanian chess program, written by Viorel Darie for the Felix C-256 mainframe computer at the Computer Institute of Bucharest [1], developed in about two years starting from 1976. Astro 64 searched about 10,000 positions per minute (166 nps) on the Felix C-256, and played a public match of one move per week in 1978/79 against the readers of a Romanian newspaper, also published in Personal Computing [2] .

The Match


[Event "Public Chess Match"]
[Site "Romania"]
[Date "1978/79"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Newspaper Readers"]
[Black "Astro 64"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Nf6 6.O-O Nxe4 7.Re1 d5 8.
d3 Nf6 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.Rxe5+ Be6 11.Bg5 Bd6 12.Re1 O-O 13.Nd2 h6 14.
Bh4 g5 15.Bg3 Bxg3 16.fxg3 Bg4 17.Nf3 Qd7 18.Qd2 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Rfe8 20.
d4 Rxe1+ 21.Rxe1 a5 22.c3 a4 23.Bc2 Re8 24.Re5 c6 25.Bf5 Qd8 26.h4
gxh4 27.Qxh6 Rxe5 28.dxe5 Qb6+ 29.Kg2 hxg3 30.Qg5+ Kf8 31.exf6 Qf2+
32.Kh3 Qh2+ 33.Kg4 c5 34.Qg7+ 1-0

See also


External Links


  1. Viorel Darie - Cantec pentru Bucovina - index.html (Romanian)
  2. Ulrich Friedberg (1978). A Roumanian Rhapsody - Computer Felix C-256 Plays Chess. Personal Computing, Vol. 2, No. 10, pp. 76
  3. Editor (1979). Romanian Computer Loses to Newspaper Readers. Personal Computing, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 45

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