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Innovation Life Cycle [1]

a chess program by Jeff Mallett, written in C. Innovation played the WMCCC 1991 in Vancouver, Canada, the ACM 1993, and as Innovation II, running on an PowerPC Mac, the ACM 1994 [2]. Innovation was incorporated in commercial chess teaching products such as Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess [3], and Dr. Schiller's Chess Game & How to Play Chess [4].


from Don Beal's WMCCC 1991 report [5] :

Written by Jeff Mallett, a newcomer to the computer-chess scene, it has been in full-time development for a year. It has some unusual features which include: not using iterative deepening, never evaluate statically - obtaining all evaluation scores by incremental changes as moves are made, only looking at newly available moves in the final stages of the quiescence search, and estimating an "attack factor" distinct from the regular evaluation. 

Selected Games

WMCCC 1991, round 3, Innovation - Centaur [6]

[Event "WMCCC 1991"]
[Site "Vancouver, Canada"]
[Date "1991.01.01"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Innovation"]
[Black "Centaur"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.cxd5 exd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Bb4 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 h6 8.Bf4 Ne4 9.e3 c6 
10.Ne2 g5 11.Bxb8 Rxb8 12.f3 Nd6 13.Qa4 a6 14.h4 gxh4 15.Qb3 Bd7 16.Nf4 b5 17.Bd3 Qe7 
18.Kd2 h5 19.Rae1 Rg8 20.e4 Nc4+ 21.Kd1 Be6 22.exd5 cxd5 23.Nxd5 Qd8 24.Nf4 Qd6 25.Nxe6 
fxe6 26.Bxc4 bxc4 27.Rxe6+ Kf7 28.Rxd6 cxb3 29.Rd7+ Kf8 30.Rd5 Rxg2 31.Rxh5 Rc8 32.Rh8+ 
Rg8 33.Rxg8+ Kxg8 34.Kd2 Rf8 35.Rxh4 Rxf3 36.Rh2 b2 37.Kc2 Rxc3+ 38.Kxb2 Rd3 39.Rg2+ Kf7 
40.Rg4 Kf6 41.a4 a5 42.Rf4+ Ke6 43.Ka2 Re3 44.Rf8 Rc3 45.Ra8 Rc4 46.Rxa5 Kd6 47.Ka3 
Rxd4 48.Rb5 Rc4 49.a5 Ke6 50.a6 Rc7 51.Rb7 Rc8 52.a7 Ra8 53.Kb4 Kd5 54.Ka5 Ke4 55.Kb6 
Rf8 56.Re7+ Kf4 57.Kb7 Kg3 58.a8=Q Rxa8 59.Kxa8 Kf4 60.Kb7 Kg5 61.Rf7 Kh5 62.Rg7 Kh6 
63.Rg8 Kh7 64.Rg1 1-0

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