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Samiel and Caspar [1]

a mainframe chess program written in 1972 by Eberhard Klein and M. Krüger as subject of their diplom thesis at Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung mbH, Bonn. The program was designed to recognize typical middlegame combinations, extended by a database of classical openings. Samiel played the First GI Computer Chess Tournament 1975, where it ran on a IBM370/168 [2]. Samiel was further subject of Klein's articles and 1976 Ph.D. thesis under Gerd Veenker at University of Bonn, where the classical method of evaluation functions in heuristic selection problems were described, and the effects in concrete played games due to the special search strategies of the chess model and a pattern recognition learning algorithm applied to computer chess [3].

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  1. Costume designs by Stürmer for the roles of Samiel and Caspar in the opera Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber, as presented in the original 1821 production at the Schauspielhaus Berlin, User scan of Stanley Sadie (ed.) (1992). The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, 2. London: Macmillan. Credit: Kunstbibliothek, Berlin State Museum
  2. Erstes Computer-Schachturnier der Gesellschaft für Informatik October 17, 1975, Computerwoche 42/1975 (German)
  3. Eberhard Klein (1976). Heuristische Auswahlmethoden und Lernansätze bei Computerspielen. Ph.D. thesis, University of Bonn, advisor Gerd Veenker (German)

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