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Paul Morphy [1]

a chess program written by Christopher Lutz and Michael Schmitt in Turbo Pascal [2], and participant of the WMCCC 1989 in Portorož. Paul was inspired by the Basic program Demoschach as described in the German Data Becker computer chess book by Rainer Bartel, Hans-Joachim Kraas and Günther Schrüfer [3]. The evaluation was a little bit ad hoc and not that well tuned. Paul happily exchanged its fianchetto bishop for the knight and doubled c pawn, which took Christopher Lutz, already international master at that time, on his own responsibility [4].


In 1989, both authors received the Mephisto "Young Programmers" Scholarship of $2,500 for programmers under 19 years of age who have written the best chess program, sponsored by Hegener & Glaser [5]:

The ICCA is pleased to congratulate Mr. Schmitt and Mr. Lutz for their success. Each of them receive $1,250 from Hegener & Glaser, sponsor of this scholarship, to be used at any college or university of their choice. Hegener & Glaser also kindly sponsored their travel costs to Portorož for the World Microcomputer Chess Championship in September. 

Selected Games

WMCCC 1989, round 5, Paul - Nightmare [6]:

[Event "WMCCC 1989"]
[Site "Portorož, Slovenia"]
[Date "1989.09.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Paul"]
[Black "Nightmare (D)"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.d3 Be6 4.f4 Nc6 5.fxe5 Nxe5 6.e4 Bg4 7.Qd2 dxe4 8.Bxe4 Qe7 
9.Nc3 O-O-O 10.Qf2 Bd7 11.Qxa7 c6 12.Nge2 Qd6 13.d4 Nc4 14.Bf4 Ne5 15.Bxe5 Qxe5 
16.dxe5 1-0 

See also


External Links

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  1. Paul Morphy from Wikipedia
  2. Thomas Mally (1989). Mikro-WM in Portorose (Portorož). Modul 3/89, pdf hosted by Hein Veldhuis
  3. Rainer Bartel, Hans-Joachim Kraas, Günther Schrüfer (1985). Das große Computerschachbuch. Data Becker (German)
  4. Lars Bremer (2005). Interview: GM Christopher Lutz. CSS Online, pdf (German)
  5. The Board of ICCA (1989). The Mephisto "Young Programmers" Scholarship. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 220
  6. Portorož 1989 - Chess - Round 5 - Game 3 (ICGA Tournaments)

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