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Diagram of the anatomy of an acorn.
A.) Cupule B.) Pericarp (fruit wall) C.) Seed coat (testa) D.) Cotyledons E.) Plumule F.) Radicle G.) Remains of style. Together D., E., and F. make up the embryo, [1]

a microcomputer chess program by Geoffrey Bulmer which participated at the European MCC 1981, the European MCC 1983 running on a modified Acorn Computer with a 6502 processor [2], and the WMCCC 1984 running on a Commodore 64, where it won the title of Amateur World Microcomputer Chess Champion by default [3]. An improved version of Chessnut was also commercially released in 1981 by Acornsoft as Atom Chess for the Acorn Atom.


by Tony Harrington [4]:

There was the solitary amateur entry, Geoff Bulmer's 'Chessnut', a plucky little program running on a Commodore 64 and guaranteed of the best amateur trophy even of it didn't won a game (it didn't). 

Selected Games

Intelligent Chess Software

WMCCC 1984, round 5: Intelligent Chess Software - Chessnut 3 [5]

[Event "WMCCC 1984"]
[Site "Glasgow, United Kingdom"]
[Date "1984.09.13"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Intelligent Chess Software"]
[Black "Chessnut 3"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.d5 Ne5 5.Nf3 f6 6.Nxe5 fxe5 7.e4 Nf6 8.Bxc4 Bg4 9.f3 Bh5 
10.Qb3 b6 11.Qa4+ Qd7 12.Bb5 O-O-O 13.Qxa7 Qxb5 14.Nxb5 Nxd5 15.Qa8+ Kd7 16.Qxd5+ Kc8 
17.Qc6 Rd1+ 18.Kxd1 Kd8 19.Nxc7 Bf7 20.Kc2 Kc8 21.Na6+ Kd8 22.Rd1+ Bd5 23.Rxd5# 1-0 

Sargon 3

WMCCC 1984, round 6: Chessnut 3 - Sargon 3 / Compaq [6]

[Event "WMCCC 1984"]
[Site "Glasgow, United Kingdom"]
[Date "1984.09.14"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Chessnut 3"]
[Black "Sargon 3"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qd3 e5 6.Nfd2 Bc5 7.Na3 O-O 8.e4 Ng4 9.Qf3 Bxf2+ 
10.Qxf2 Nxf2 11.Kxf2 Qb6+ 12.Kf3 Nd4+ 13.Kg3 Qf6 14.Nb5 Qf4+ 15.Kh3 d6+ 16.g4 Qxg4# 0-1 

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