James Testa

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James Testa,
an American physicist and hardware engineer, in the 80s and 90s affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked with Alvin M. Despain on the Berkeley Chess Microprocessor (BCM) [1]. A chess entity authored by James Testa, called Zerker, based on the BCM, was registered for the ACM 1990 tournament, noted as promising newcomer. It reported 7,000,000 moves per second [2], roughly three times faster than Deep Thought at that time [3]. Unfortunately, a damage to the machine during shipment from California forced its withdrawal [4].

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