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Welcome to Chinook, a world championship checkers program developed
by a team of researchers led by Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer of the Department
of Computing Science at the University
of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Chinook is the by-product
of a research effort started in 1989 into game-playing strategies. This
project has had two goals:
- A short-range
objective of developing a program capable of defeating the human World
Champion in a match.
objective of solving the game of checkers, i.e. determining the game-theoretic
value of checkers.
Here are some items of interest about Chinook:
Wall of Honor
a game of checkers?
Here are some items of interest about checkers:
International Checker Hall of Fame
Draughts and Checkers Page
Loy's Checkers Pages
Chinook and Checker News Briefs:
- July 15,
1996: Chinook wins the Southern States Tournament in Gilbertsville,
Kentucky, ahead of Lowder, Laverty and Cooper. This was Chinook's first
tournament in almost two years.
1996: Jack Francis and Cornell Checkers were declared joint winners
in the inaugural TOYOTA-ACER computer vs humans checkers tournament after
their final on Saturday June 15 at Bridgetown, Barbados, ended in a 0-0
draw. The final of the four-game Three-Move Restriction match-up lasted
1996: Chinook and checkers is featured in an article
appearing in the June edition of Discover Magazine.
1996: A friendly 20 game 11-man ballot mail match has begun between
Chinook and Jerry Childers, the current World Mail Play Champion.
19, 1996: Elbert Lowder defeated Richard Hallett 5-4 with 11 draws
in a 20 game stake match in Miami, Florida.
11, 1996: The United States Open 3-Move National Tournament will be
held at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Danville, Virginia from November 11-16,
28, 1996: Ron
King retains his Man
vs. Man 3-Move World Championship title by tying his match with 5 wins
each (and 30 draws) against challenger Don
Lafferty. The title match took place from March 18-28 in Bridgetown,
Walker and Jim Morrison were the referees.
12, 1995: Elbert Lowder wins the 1995 Kentucky Tournament.
16, 1995: In the United States versus Great Britain match held at the
Checker Hall of Fame in Petal, Mississippi, the score was 64 wins,
14 losses, and 122 draws in favor of the United States.
20, 1995: Jim Morrison wins the United States National Open Go-As-You-Please
Tournament with 28 points.
12, 1995: Ron
King wins the World Go-As-You-Please Championship by a score of 8 wins,
2 losses, and 9 draws over Elbert Lowder.
8, 1995: Point Survey has rated
home page in the top 5% of all sites on the Internet.
1995: Elbert Lowder wins the Southern States Tournament with 22 points.
1995: Chinook's endgame
database now includes all 8 piece positions, bringing the total
to 443,748,401,247 resolved positions.
King, has officially challenged Chinook for the Man vs. Machine
World Championship title.
17, 1995: News
item from Time Magazine:
DIED. MARION TINSLEY, 68, math professor, world checkers champion
and the first flesh-and-blood player to beat Chinook, a checkers-playing
computer whose memory contains billions of positions; of cancer complications;
in Humble, Texas.
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June 17, 1996