Douglas Penrod

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Douglas L. Penrod, (died in November 1978)
was an American chess player, early computer chess promoter, and in 1977 editor of the two issues of the Computer Chess Newsletter. It was kind of forerunner and model of the ICCA Newsletter [1], and was continued as Computer Chess column of the Personal Computing magazine in April 1978. In March 1978, the first competition exclusively for microcomputers was held at the Second West Coast Computer Faire, San Jose, California - a suggestion of David Levy which was organized thanks to Douglas Penrod [2] [3]. Douglas Penrod died from cancer in November 1978. In early 1979, The Penrod Memorial Microchess Tournament was held, won by Chess Challenger 10 [4] [5].


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  1. Monroe Newborn (1997). Kasparov versus DEEP BLUE: Computer Chess Comes of Age. Springer, pp. 59
  2. Computer Chess Tournaments in David Levy, Monroe Newborn (1982, 1983). All About Chess and Computers. Springer, amazon, 2nd edition
  3. Jim Warren (1978). Microcomputer Chess Tournament Announcement. Silicon Gulch Gazette, Vol. 2, No. 2, January 24, 1978, pg. 4, Silicon Gulch Gazette from
  4. Don Gerue, Russ McNeil (1979). Chess Challenger-10 Wins Microchess Tourney. Personal Computing, February 1979
  5. Sidney Samole (1980). Genius Offspring. Changing Times, refers Personal Computing, February 1979

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