Mikhail Donskoy

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Mikhail Donskoy [1]

Mikhail Vladimirovich Donskoy, (Михаил Владимирович Донской, September 9, 1948 - January 13, 2009 [2])
was a Russian computer scientist and chess programmer. He studied at the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, where his teachers include Alexander Kronrod and Georgy Adelson-Velsky, and was also affiliated with the Moscow State University where he had to appeal professor Mikhail R. Shura-Bura with his programming skills [3]. By 1971, Mikhail Donskoy joined with Vladimir Arlazarov and Anatoly Uskov to program the successor of the ITEP Chess Program on an ICL 4/70 at the Institute of Control Sciences, called Kaissa [4] , which became the first World Computer Chess Champion in 1974 in Stockholm [5] . The development of Kaissa was accompanied by Georgy Adelson-Velsky, Vladimir Arlazarov, Anatoly Uskov and Alexander Bitman.

From 1982 Mikhail Donskoy was the chief system programmer for the INES DBMS, the INES archive system original programmer. Since 1989 he was leader of the programmers group later growing into DISCo (Donskoy's Interactive Software Company). Mikhail Donskoy died at age 60.


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Misha Donskoy at the World Computer Chess Championship in Stockholm 1974

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Alan Baisley (left) faces Mikhail Donskoy, Round 2 WCCC 1974, Tech 2 vs Kaissa

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Arlazarov and Donskoy at the 3rd World Computer Chess Championship 1980 in Linz


A. Reznitskiy, B. Stilman, M. Donskoy, M. Botvinnik, Monty & Amy Newborn [7] [8] [9] [10]

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Vladimir Arlazarov, Ken Thompson and Mikhail Donskoy 1992


Quote from Mikhail Donskoy's life cycle of a programmer [11]:

When I was in high school I learned to program on the M-20 ... In the group of programmers at Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, where computing work was done on nuclear physics on the M-20, they came up with arrays, lists, the need for subroutines and more. One of my teachers, Georgy Adelson-Velsky came up with a hash memory. Details can be found in another of my teachers - Alexander Kronrod "Conversations about programming". Even before Dijkstra's basic principles of structured programming was known, Alexander Brudno published the book "Programming in meaningful notation." There was also created the first chess program ... The chess program ITEP, the predecessor of Kaissa fit in memory of M-20, namely in 4096 cells, each of which has a 48-bit ...

See also

Selected Publications

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External Links

Mikhail Donskoy in 1975 (28:25 - 30:33):


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