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Mike Alexander [1]

Michael T. (Mike) Alexander,
an American computer scientist, Independent Computer Software Professional and former computer chess programmer. While affiliated with the Computing Center of the University of Michigan, Mike Alexander was principal architect of Michigan Terminal System [2] [3] and co-author of the chess program CHAOS [4], along with Fred Swartz, Victor Berman, Ira Ruben, William Toikka, Joe Winograd and later Mark Hersey and Jack O’Keefe [5]. CHAOS was one of the strongest programs of the 70s and early 80s, using an unique, knowledge based and selective best-first, iterative widening approach, keeping the search tree in memory [6].



Mike Alexander at the console of the IBM S/360 Model 67 ca 1969 [7]

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Selected Publications


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  1. People - Michigan Terminal System Archive - Michael T. Alexander
  2. Michigan Terminal System Archive
  3. Michigan Terminal System
  4. Chaos' ICGA Tournaments
  5. pp. 52, Table I. History of the ACM Tournaments from Ben Mittman, Monroe Newborn (1980). Computer chess at ACM 79: the tournament and the man vs. man and machine match. Communications of the ACM, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pdf from The Computer History Museum
  6. The Eleventh ACM's North American Computer Chess Championship as pdf reprint from The Computer History Museum
  7. Computing Center staff member Mike Alexander sitting at the console of the IBM S/360 Model 67 Duplex mainframe computer at the North University Building on the main campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sometime between 1968 and 1971, by Dave Mills, Michigan Terminal System from Wikipedia, source Michigan Terminal System
  8. People - Michigan Terminal System Archive - Michael T. Alexander

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