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Vega mission [1]

a chess program by David Broughton written in Z80 assembly. Running on a North Star Horizon machine, Vega became runner up behind Sargon at the 2nd PCW-MCC tournament held in London November 1979. While Broughton was recruited by David Levy and Kevin O’Connell to work for Philidor Software on the Philidor project which lead to the commercial 6502 branch for the SciSys Chess Champion Mark V [2], Vega played a last time at the WMCCC 1980 in London [3].

Selected Games

WMCCC 1980, round 1: Rook 4.0 - Vega 1.7 [4]

[Event "WMCCC 1980"]
[Site "London, United Kingdom"]
[Date "1980.09.04"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Rook 4.0"]
[Black "Vega 1.7"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Kd2 Qxd4+ 4.Ke1 e5 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 Qxd1+ 7.Rxd1 Bg4 8.Be2 Be6 
9.Bb5 g6 10.Nxe4 Rd8 11.Bxc6+ bxc6 12.Rxd8+ Kxd8 13.Nf3 Bg7 14.Nc5 Bxa2 15.Kd2 Bd5 
16.Nb7+ Kc8 17.Na5 a6 18.Ne1 Kd7 19.Nd3 f5 20.Nc5+ Kc8 21.f3 e4 22.c4 Bf7 23.fxe4 
fxe4 24.Nxc6 Bxc4 25.Na7+ Kb8 26.Nc6+ Ka8 27.Rc1 Bd3 28.b3 Bb5 29.Nxe4 Nf6 30.Nxf6 
Bxf6 31.Rc5 Kb7 32.Na5+ Kc8 33.Nc6 Kd7 34.Nd4 c6 35.Kc3 Re8 36.Bg5 Bg7 37.Rc4 Bxc4 
38.Kxc4 Re4 39.Be3 Rxe3 40.Nf3 a5 41.Kc5 Rxb3 42.Nd4 Rc3+ 43.Kb6 Bxd4+ 44.Kxa5 Rd3 
45.Kb4 c5+ 46.Kc4 Rd2 47.h3 Rxg2 48.Kd5 Rf2 49.Ke4 Kd6 50.h4 h5 51.Kd3 Rf4 52.Kc4 
Be5+ 53.Kd3 Kd5 54.Ke3 c4 55.Kd2 Re4 56.Kc2 Rf4 57.Kd2 Kd4 58.Ke2 c3 59.Kd1 Kd3 
60.Ke1 Bd4 61.Kd1 Rf1# 0-1 

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