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Jaap van den Herik [1]

Hendrik Jacob (Jaap) van den Herik,
a Dutch Professor and AI-Scientist. Besides being Full Professor in Computer Science at Maastricht University, since September 2008 at Tilburg Centre for Creative Computing (TiCC) and Tilburg School of Humanities at Tilburg University, Tilburg [2], and since 2014 at Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) [3], Leiden University, he further holds a named professorial chair from Leiden University [4], Department of Law, with specialization in Computer and Law since 1988.

In 1980 Van den Herik was co-founder of the CSVN [5] , the Dutch Computer Chess Association. From 1983 until 2015 Jaap was Editor-in-Chief of the ICGA Journal. Van den Herik has been the enthusiastic leader of several program and organizing committees, such as Advances in Computer Games and others - also Editor of associated publications as available in the ICGA bookstore. Jaap van den Herik is co-author of the chess programs Pion, Dutch and Much, participating at various World Computer Chess Championships in the 80s [6] . Since the early 90s Jaap is Tournament director, organizer and arbiter of ICCA and ICGA computer chess tournaments, such as the World Computer Chess Championship, World Microcomputer Chess Championship and the Computer Olympiad.



Jaap van den Herik playing a TRS-80 program [7], is it Gambiet?


Pion team: <?>, Jan Derksen, Jaap van den Herik, Harry Nefkens (center), Roger Hünen
back of head of Sito Dekker sitting in front of the board [8]

Follower of Euwe and De Groot

Jaap van den Herik in 2010 [9] :

Along with Barend Swets and Peter van Diepen, I was one of the followers of Euwe and De Groot. Euwe had become extraordinary professor in 1964 Rotterdam and professor in Tilburg (data processing)... 

See also

Selected Publications

Jaap van den Herik has collected an enormous list of publications over the years. [10] [11]

1980 ...

  • Jaap van den Herik (1980). Computerschaak, Directe evaluatie door middel van patroonherkenning in het KNPK-eindspel. Technische Hogeschool Delft, Delft.





1985 ...





1990 ...



B. Zivas, Jaap van den Herik. (1992). WLOTO - A New Game with Words. Heuristic Programming in AI 3



1995 ...




Dennis Breuker, Jaap van den Herik, Jos Uiterwijk, Victor Allis (1998). A Solution to the GHI Problem for Best-First Search. CG 1998
Xinbo Gao, Hiroyuki Iida, Jos Uiterwijk, Jaap van den Herik (1998). A Speculative Strategy. CG 1998


2000 ...





2005 ...



Sander Bakkes, Pieter Spronck, Jaap van den Herik, Philip Kerbusch (2007). Predicting Success in an Imperfect-Information Game. CGW 2007, pdf
Jahn-Takeshi Saito, Mark Winands, Jos Uiterwijk, Jaap van den Herik (2007). Grouping Nodes for Monte-Carlo Tree Search. CGW 2007



2010 ...



Jaap van den Herik, Johanna Hellemons (2012). Results of other Tournaments. ICGA Journal, Vol. 35, No. 4 » 16th Computer Olympiad






Jaap van den Herik (2018). Computer chess: From idea to DeepMind. ICGA Journal, Vol. 40, No. 3

External Links


  1. Jaap van den Herik - Leiden University
  2. Jaap van den Herik (2008). From Maastricht to Tilburg. ICGA Journal, Vol. 31, No. 2
  3. Jaap van den Herik (2013). From Tilburg to Leiden. ICGA Journal, Vol. 36, No. 4
  4. Jaap van den Herik - Leiden University
  5. Jaap van den Herik from Wikipedia.nl (Dutch)
  6. Jaap van den Herik's ICGA Tournaments
  7. Photo by Wim Ruigrok - de Volkskrant in Henk Hage (1985). Hoe intelligent wordt de schaakcomputer van de toekomst. TNO Magazine, 02-1985, pdf hosted by Hein Veldhuis
  8. Image from Peter van Diepen (1983). Toernooibulletin van het Nederlands kampioenschap computerschaak 1982. pdf hosted by Hein Veldhuis » DOCCC 1982
  9. Max Euwe Centrum - Nieuwsbrief nummer 74 (pdf) (Dutch)
  10. ICGA Reference Database(pdf)
  11. DBLP: H. Jaap van den Herik
  12. 09-1981, 2. Mikrocomputer-Schachweltmeisterschaft in Travemünde und Hamburg (pdf) hosted by Hein Veldhuis
  13. Dap Hartmann (1987). Peter van Diepen and Jaap van den Herik: Schaken voor Computers. (Review), ICCA Journal, Vol. 10, No. 3
  14. Publications - Maastricht University
  15. Mark Winands, Levente Kocsis, Jos Uiterwijk, Jaap van den Herik (2002). Temporal difference learning and the Neural MoveMap heuristic in the game of Lines of Action. GAME-ON 2002, pdf
  16. Boundary (topology) from Wikipedia
  17. Dap Hartmann (2014). A Statue of unremitting Devotion. Revised Selected papers CG 2013. (Review) ICGA Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3
  18. Wilma Latuny (2017). The Power of Facial Expressions. Ph.D. thesis, Tilburg University, advisors Eric Postma, Jaap van den Herik, pdf

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