Keith Gorlen

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Keith E. Gorlen,
an American computer scientist and biomedical engineer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), pioneer in object-oriented programming, data abstraction and the C++ programming language, and author and co-author of the C++ NIH class library [1] [2] and various papers and books on those topics.

Chess 1.0

As undergraduate student at Northwestern University, along with his fellow Larry Atkin, he co-authored on the initial version of the Northwestern program Chess. Gorlen left the Chess team in 1970 [3], and still contributed a few ideas for some time [4].

Photos & Games


ACM 1970, Chess 3.0 - Coko III after 8. Qxd2, from left: Jacques Dutka (Tournament Director), unknown,
Keith Gorlen operating Chess 3.0, Monty Newborn, Steven M. Bellovin with phone, unknown back of head [5]

[Event "ACM 1970"]
[Site "New York USA"]
[Date "1970.08.31"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Chess 3.0"]
[Black "Coko III"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Bc5 4.e3 d6 5.d4 Bb4 6.Bd2 Nf6 7.Nd5 Bxd2+
8.Qxd2 O-O 9.Nxf6+ Qxf6 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Bd3 Bg4 12.Be4 Rad8 13.Qc2 h5
14.O-O Bxf3 15.Bxf3 h4 16.Rad1 Nb4 17.Qe4 Nxa2 18.Qxb7 Rxd1 19.Rxd1 Qb6
20.Ra1 Qxb7 21.Bxb7 Rb8 22.Rxa2 Rxb7 23.f3 Rb4 24.c5 c6 25.g3 hxg3
26.hxg3 Rc4 27.Rxa7 Rc1+ 28.Kf2 Rc2+ 29.Ke1 Rxb2 30.Rc7 Rg2 31.g4 e4
32.fxe4 Rxg4 33.Rxc6 Rxe4 34.Kf2 Kh8 35.Rc8+ Kh7 36.c6 g5 37.Kf3 f5
38.Kf2 f4 39.c7 fxe3+ 40.Ke2 Re7 41.Rh8+ Kxh8 42.c8=Q+ Re8 43.Qxe8+ Kg7
44.Qe6 1-0

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