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Villa Patio, Kasbah, Algiers [1]

a chess program by Alexander Pokrovski, which played the First Soviet Computer-Chess Championship 1988 in Ulan-Ude, 3rd place, 3/5, only losing from Centaur. The tournament report mentions Algir running on an IBM PC, written in 8086 assembly, 32 KB, performing an alpha-beta search with 10-100 pos/sec [2]. Further, Algir played the First International Chess-Computer Tournament in the USSR 1989 in Moscow [3].

Selected Games

First Soviet Computer-Chess Championship 1988, round 1, Algir - Intellect

[Event "First Soviet Computer-Chess Championship"]
[Site "Ulan-Ude"]
[Date "1988.06.27"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Algir"]
[Black "Intellect"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.O-O Bc5 6.Bb5 O-O 7.Na4 a6 8.Bxc6 Bb4
9.Bxb7 Bxb7 10.c3 Ba5 11.b4 Bb6 12.Nxb6 cxb6 13.d4 Ne4 14.Qd3 f5 15.Nd2 g5 16.g3 h5
17.Rd1 f4 18.gxf4 gxf4 19.exf4 Rxf4 20.Nxe4 Rxe4 21.f4 h4 22.a4 a5 23.b5 Qf6 24.Kh1
Qg6 25.Rg1 Qxg1+ 26.Kxg1 Re1+ 27.Kf2 Re4 28.Qf3 Kf8 29.Ba3+ Kf7 30.Qh5+ Kf6
31.Qxh4+ Kg6 32.Rg1+ Kf5 33.Qg5# 1-0

External Links


  1. Villa Patio, Kasbah, Algiers, image by Toufik Lerari, April 13, 2009, Wikimedia Commons
  2. Mikhail Donskoy, Jonathan Schaeffer (1988). Report on the 1st Soviet Computer-Chess Championship or re-awakening a sleeping giant. ICCA Journal, Vol. 11, Nos. 2/3
  3. Alexander Timofeev (1989). Report on the 1st International Chess-Computer Tournament in the USSR. ICCA Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2

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