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Neptune Earth Comparison [1]

a chess program by Matt Craighead, first trials in Pascal, finally re-written in C. Neptune participated at Don Beal's Uniform-Platform Computer Chess Championship 1993, when Matt was 11 years old. Neptune was the forerunner of Morgoth, which was a complete rewrite of Neptune in 1995 [2] .


by Don Beal [3] [4]

Written by Matthew Craighead, age 11 years, from Minnesota. Matthew is a prodigy (his father refers to him as a "different" child). He began writing computer programs in Basic at age 4, reading computer manuals as well as biology and anatomy books. From 5 he read his father's biochemistry books. 3 years ago he read about computer chess, and subsequently decided to write his own program. His first one was in Pascal, but he later realised the advantages of the C language, and re-wrote it. He is currently taking university classes in maths (calculus) as well as attending school. Neptune is not expected to win against the experienced and professional programs in this tournament, but what if he keeps working on it... 

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  1. Neptune Earth Comparison, Wikimedia Commons
  2. quiescence search problems by Matt Craighead, rgcc, August 01, 1995
  3. Don Beal (1993). Report on the QMW 1993 Uniform-Platform Computer-Chess Championship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 16, No. 3
  4. QMW computer chess by Don Beal,, August 19, 1993

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