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Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers [1]

The Fourth World Computer Chess Championship took place from October 22 to 25, 1983, in the Royal Ballroom A in the Sheraton Center Hotel [2] , New York, USA, under the auspices of the ACM, it was simultaneously the 14th ACM North American Computer Chess Championship. It was a five round Swiss tournament with 22 participants. Cray Blitz was the sole winner with 4½ out of 5.

Final Standing

4th World Computer Chess Championship 1983, New York US [3] [4] :

# Program CC R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 P SOS SoDOS
1 Cray Blitz US 16w1 10b1 8w1 4b½ 6b1 14 12¼
2 Bebe US 11b0 19w1 7w1 10b1 4w1 4 13 10½
3 Awit CA 14w1 8w0 12b1 17w1 13b1 4 11½
4 Nuchess US 19w1 11b1 6w1 1w½ 2b0 15½
5 CHAOS US 7b½ 21w1 17b1 6w0 8w1 12
6 Belle US 13b1 9w1 4b0 5b1 1w0 3 17 9
7 Schach 2.7 DE 5w½ 12w1 2b0 11b1 10w½ 3 15 8
8 Advance 3.0 GB 22w1 3b1 1b0 9w1 5b0 3 15 7
9 Mephisto X DE 18w1 6b0 15w1 8b0 14w1 3 11½
10 Fidelity X US 15b1 1w0 18b1 2w0 7b½ 15 5
11 Merlin AT 2w1 4w0 13b½ 7w0 17b1 14½
12 Novag X US 20w½ 7b0 3w0 21b1 16b1 12
13 Phoenix CA 6w0 22b1 11w½ 20b1 3w0 11
14 Ostrich CA 3b0 15w0 19b1 18w1 9b0 2 12 3
15 Pion NL 10w0 14b1 9b0 16w0 20w1 2 11
16 BCP GB 1b0 18w0 22b1 15b1 12w0 2 10½ 2
17 Patsoc 2.0 US 21b½ 20w1 5w0 3b0 11w0 13
18 Conchess SE 9b0 16b1 10w0 14b0 19w½ 11
19 Philidor X GB 4b0 2b0 14w0 22w1 18b½ 11 ¾
20 Bobby DE 12b½ 17b0 21w1 13w0 15b0 10
21 Shy FI 17w½ 5b0 20b0 12w0 22b1 9 ¾
22 Sfinks X US 8b0 13w0 16w0 19b0 21w0 0 10½ 0


4th World Computer Chess Championship 1983, New York US [5]

Program CC Authors Hardware, Processor Language Nodes/sec
Advance 3.0 GB Mike Johnson, Dave Wilson Custom-built 6502 + bit slice Microcode 1.500
Awit CA Tony Marsland Amdahl 5860/2 Algol W 8 (200 branches)
BCP GB Don Beal Zilog Z8000 system C, Assembly 20.000
Bebe US Tony Scherzer, Linda Scherzer SYS-10, AMD Am2900 Bit slice Assembly 20.000
Belle US Ken Thompson, Joe Condon PDP-11/23 + Chess hardware C 110.000
Bobby DE Hans-Joachim Kraas, Günther Schrüfer IBM 4341-2 Pascal 150
CHAOS US Mike Alexander, Fred Swartz, Jack O’Keefe Amdahl 5860 Fortran 95
Conchess SE Ulf Rathsman 6502 Assembly 1.000
Cray Blitz US Robert Hyatt, Harry Nelson, Albert Gower Cray X-MP [6] Fortran IV 25K-75K
Fidelity X US Kathe Spracklen, Dan Spracklen 6502 Assembly 1000
Merlin AT Hermann Kaindl, Marcus Wagner, Helmut Horacek Siemens 7.890 F Pascal 40
Mephisto X DE Elmar Henne, Thomas Nitsche 68000 Macro Language 10
Novag X US David Kittinger, Scott McDonald 6502 Assembly 600
Nuchess US David Slate, William Blanchard Cray-1 4Mb Fortran 2.800
Ostrich CA Monroe Newborn Eclipse + 7 x Nova 4 Assembly 600
Patsoc 2.0 US Hans Berliner DEC KL-10 BLISS 36 165
Phoenix CA Jonathan Schaeffer et al. Honeywell DPS 8/70 C n.a.
Philidor X GB Mark Taylor, David Broughton,
David Levy, Kevin O’Connell
IBM PC Assembly 120
Pion NL Sito Dekker, Roger Hünen, Gerlach van Beinum,
Jan Derksen, Harry Nefkens, Jaap van den Herik
VAX 11/750 C 1.000
Schach 2.7 DE Matthias Engelbach Burroughs 7800 Algol 700 - 1.300
Sfinks X US William Fink TRS-80 with 8088 Assembly 1.000
Shy FI Juha Kasanen, Mika Korhonen, Timo Saari Burroughs 7800/B7900 Algol 350


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Beal Thompson Newborn Botvinnik

Beal Thompson Newborn Botvinnik WCCC New York 1983.jpg

Don Beal, Ken Thompson, Monroe Newborn, and Mikhail Botvinnik



Frederic Friedel (?) with Kathe Spracklen and Dan Spracklen

Photos & Games

Cray Blitz - BCP


Harry Nelson, Robert Hyatt and Don Beal, Cray Blitz vs BCP

[Event WCCC 1983"]
[Site "New York, USA"]
[Date "1983.10.22"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Cray Blitz"]
[Black "BCP"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 e6 5.Nxd5 exd5 6.d4 Nc6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qxd5 Qb6
9.Qd2 O-O 10.Bc4 Re8 11.O-O Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Rxe5 13.Qf4 Qf6 14.Qxf6 gxf6 15.Kh1 d5
16.f4 Rh5 17.Be2 Rh4 18.Bf3 d4 19.g3 Rh3 20.f5 Kg7 21.Kg2 Rh6 22.Bxh6+ Kxh6
23.Bd5 Kg7 24.Rad1 a5 25.Kh1 Ra6 26.Be4 b5 27.Rfe1 Bd7 28.Rd2 Bc6 29.Bxc6 Rxc6
30.Re8 Bb6 31.Rb8 b4 32.Rb7 Kf8 33.Re2 Bc7 34.g4 Rc5 35.Ra7 Bb6 36.Ra6 Rc6
37.Rd2 Rd6 38.Rd3 Kg7 39.c3 Kg8 40.a4 Kg7 41.cxb4 axb4 42.a5 Bc5 43.Rxd6 Bxd6
44.Rxd4 Bc5 45.Rd5 Be3 46.Rd3 Bc5 47.Rd7 Be3 48.a6 h5 49.gxh5 Kf8 50.Rd3 Bc5
51.Rg3 Ke8 52.h6 Bd6 53.a7 Ke7 54.Rd3 Bc7 55.a8=Q Bd6 56.h7 b3 57.Qb7+ Ke8
58.h8=Q+ Bf8 59.Qe4# 1-0

Game and short analyze on Lichess.org : [1]

Nuchess - Belle

3-1 and 3-2.Thompson Friedel Condon Slate Blanchard.WCCC-New York.1983.102645364.THOMPSON.lg.jpg

Ken Thompson, Frederic Friedel, Joe Condon, David Slate, and William Blanchard

[Event "WCCC 1983"]
[Site "New York, USA"]
[Date "1983.10.23"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Nuchess"]
[Black "Belle"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.O-O Be7 7.e5 Ne4 8.Nxd4 O-O
9.Nf5 d5 10.exd6 Bxf5 11.dxe7 Nxe7 12.Be3 Nd5 13.Qf3 Nxe3 14.fxe3 Bg6 15.Qf4 b5
16.Bb3 c5 17.c4 Qf6 18.Qxf6 Nxf6 19.Rc1 b4 20.Nd2 Rfe8 21.Re1 Rad8 22.Nf1 Bd3
23.Rad1 Ng4 24.Ba4 Rf8 25.Nd2 Ne5 26.Bb3 Rd6 27.Nf3 Nxf3+ 28.gxf3 f5 29.Rd2 Re8
30.Kf2 f4 31.exf4 Rxe1 32.Kxe1 Rd4 33.Kf2 Kf7 34.Ke3 Bxc4 35.Rxd4 cxd4+ 36.Kxd4
Bxb3 37.axb3 Kf6 38.Ke4 g6 39.h4 Ke6 40.f5+ gxf5+ 41.Kd4 Kd6 42.f4 Ke6 43.Kc5 a5
44.h5 Kf7 45.Kd5 Kf6 46.Kd6 Kf7 47.Ke5 Ke8 48.Kxf5 1-0

Game and short analyze on Lichess.org : [2]

The New Champion

Chess Life


Chess Life February 1984 [9] Ken Thompson, Joe Condon, Robert Hyatt, and Albert Gower


Cartoons by Jeff Ragsdale from the ICCA Journal 1987, 1988 and 1989 [10] reprinted in King Moves - Welcome to the 1989 AGT World Computer Chess Championship. [11]



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