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MicroMurks Hardware [1]

an 68000 microcomputer port of the former program Murks, developed by five students at the University of Hamburg, Manfred Allers, Dirk Hauschildt, Alexander Reinefeld and Dieter Steinwender, later joined by Jan Roppers. MicroMurks II played the European MCC 1982, the WMCCC 1983 in Budapest [2], and the International Computer Chess Tournament 1984. It ran on a AP-20 68000 card [3] within an Apple II, running Reinefeld's NegaScout search algorithm.


MC68000 microcomputer self-build from scratch, with own:

Selected Games

WMCCC 1983, round 2, MicroMurks II - Superstar X [4]

[Event "WMCCC 1983"]
[Site "Budapest, Hungary"]
[Date "1983.10.14"]
[Round "2"]
[White "MicroMurks II"]
[Black "Superstar X"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 Nd7 5.Nc3 e6 6.g4 Be4 7.f3 Bxc2 8.Qxc2 Qb6 9.Nge2 
c5 10.Na4 Qc6 11.Be3 cxd4 12.Qxc6 bxc6 13.Bxd4 c5 14.Bc3 d4 15.Nxd4 cxd4 16.Bxd4 
Rc8 17.Bb5 Bb4+ 18.Kf1 Rc7 19.a3 Be7 20.Rd1 h5 21.g5 f6 22.exf6 gxf6 23.Be3 fxg5 
24.hxg5 e5 25.Rd5 h4 26.g6 e4 27.Bxd7+ Rxd7 28.fxe4 Rxd5 29.exd5 Nf6 30.Nc3 a6 
31.Ke2 Rg8 32.Rg1 Kd7 33.Kd3 Bd6 34.Bd4 Nh5 35.Ne2 h3 36.Rg5 Ng7 37.Ng3 Bxg3 
38.Rxg3 Nh5 39.Rg4 Rxg6 40.Rh4 Nf6 41.Bxf6 Rxf6 42.Rxh3 Kd6 43.Rh5 Rg6 44.Kc4 
Rg4+ 45.Kb3 a5 46.Kc3 Rg3+ 47.Kc4 Rg4+ 48.Kd3 Rg3+ 49.Kc2 Re3 50.Rf5 Re5 51.Rxe5 
Kxe5 52.Kb3 Kxd5 53.Ka4 Kc4 54.Kxa5 Kc5 55.b4+ Kd5 56.b5 Kd6 57.b6 Kd7 58.Ka6 Kc8 
59.a4 Kb8 60.b7 Kc7 1-0 

See also

External Links


  1. Alexander Reinefeld (2005). Die Entwicklung der Spielprogrammierung: Von John von Neumann bis zu den hochparallelen Schachmaschinen. slides as pdf, Themen der Informatik im historischen Kontext Ringvorlesung an der HU Berlin, 02.06.2005 (English paper, German title)
  2. Frederic Friedel (1984). Move from the East. Report of the WMCCC 1983, Personal Computer World, January 1984, Publication Archive 1984 from Chess Computer UK by Mike Watters
  3. AppleBox Library of IBS Interface Cards AP20 - AppleBox Section
  4. Budapest 1983 - Chess - Round 2 - Game 8 (ICGA Tournaments)

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