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a mainframe chess program written by Fritz Königshofer and Gerhard Wolf, affiliated with Graz University of Technology and its computer center Rechenzentrum Graz. Frantz played the 1st World Computer Chess Championship, 1974 in Stockholm [1], running on an UNIVAC 494, a 30-bit word machine and successor to the UNIVAC 490/492 with faster CPU and 128 KiWords core memory. It lost from Kaissa and Tech 2, and won versus Papa and A16chs [2].

Selected Games


WCCC 1974, round 1, Kaissa - Frantz [3]

[Event "WCCC 1974"]
[Site "Stockholm, Sweden"]
[Date "1974.08.05"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kaissa"]
[Black "Frantz"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 exd4 5.Qxd4 Ne7 6.O-O f6 7.Bf4 Be6 8.Nc3 Qc8 
9.Rad1 Bf7 10.Qb4 a6 11.Bxc6+ Nxc6 12.Qa4 b5 13.Qa3 d5 14.b4 Bxb4 15.Qb2 dxe4 
16.Rfe1 f5 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 Bxc3 19.Bxc3 Rg8 20.f3 Qb7 21.Bxg7 Qb6+ 22.Bd4 
Qg6 23.g3 O-O-O 24.fxe4 fxe4 25.Bf6 Rd5 26.Rxd5 Bxd5 27.Qe5 Qf7 28.Rd1 Bxa2 
29.Qxe4 Kb8 30.Be5 Re8 31.Qc6 Qg6 32.Qxc7+ Ka8 33.Rd7 Qf5 34.Qc6# 1-0 


WCCC 1974, round 4, A16chs - Frantz [4]

[Event "WCCC 1974"]
[Site "Stockholm, Sweden"]
[Date "1974.08.08"]
[Round "4"]
[White "A16chs"]
[Black "Frantz"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 O-O 6.Be3 Bxe3 7.fxe3 d6 8.h4 Qe7 
9.Nd5 Nxd5 10.exd5 Nd8 11.a4 f5 12.g3 Rf6 13.c3 a5 14.b4 axb4 15.cxb4 Bd7 
16.Bb3 Ra6 17.b5 Rb6 18.Bc4 Be8 19.Qb3 Qd7 20.d4 Nf7 21.Rb1 f4 22.exf4 Qg4 
23.dxe5 Qxg3+ 24.Kd2 Qxf4+ 25.Ke2 Qe4+ 26.Kf2 Rxf3+ 27.Qxf3 Qxc4 28.e6 Qxa4 
29.exf7+ Bxf7 30.Qb3 Qxb3 31.Rxb3 Bxd5 32.Re1 Bxb3 33.Rc1 Rxb5 34.Rb1 c6 35.Ra1 
g5 36.h5 g4 37.h6 b6 38.Ra8+ Kf7 39.Rh8 Bc2 40.Rd8 Ke6 41.Re8+ Kf6 42.Rf8+ Ke7 
43.Rb8 Rb3 44.Rb7+ Ke6 0-1 

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