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Man Versus Machine for the World Checkers Championship

AI Magazine

In August 1992, the world checkers champion, Marion Tinsley, defended his title against the computer program CHINOOK. Because of its success in human tournaments, CHINOOK had earned the right to play for the world championship. Tinsley won the best-of-40-game match with a score of 4 wins, 2 losses, and 33 draws. This event was the first time in history that a program played for a human world championship and might be a prelude to what is to come in chess. This article tells the story of the first Man versus Machine World Championship match.


CHINOOK The World Man-Machine Checkers Champion

AI Magazine

In 1992, the seemingly unbeatable World Checker Champion Marion Tinsley defended his title against the computer program CHINOOK. After an intense, tightly contested match, Tinsley fought back from behind to win the match by scoring four wins to CHINOOK's two, with 33 draws. This match was the first time in history that a human world champion defended his title against a computer. This article reports on the progress of the checkers (8 3 8 draughts) program CHINOOK since 1992. Two years of research and development on the program culminated in a rematch with Tinsley in August 1994. In this match, after six games (all draws), Tinsley withdrew from the match and relinquished the world championship title to CHINOOK,citing health concerns. CHINOOK has since defended its title in two subsequent matches. It is the first time in history that a computer has won a human-world championship.


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AI Magazine

This work remains a milestone in AI research. Samuel's program reportedly beat a master and "solved" the game of checkers. Both journalistic claims were false, but they created the impression that there was nothing of scientific interest left in the game (Samuel himself made no such claims). Consequently, most subsequent game-related research turned to chess. Other than a program from Duke University in the 1970s (Truscott 1979), little attention was paid to achieving a world championship-caliber checker program.


Review of One Jump Ahead: Challenging Human Supremacy in Checkers

AI Magazine

Tinsley admirably overcomes this obstruction, how Tinsley's sacrifice enables his ultimate defeat, and how vided more than a glimpse of the Tinsley deals with the end of his domination University of Alberta set out to intense process it described. One Jump Ahead was written by the On a sad note, the community He succeeded. Even though One Jump Ahead is human nature. Schaeffer had to unfortunate because the world checkers the human aspects of Schaeffer's journey Finally, Kidder's book, The Soul of a New nearly unbeatable world champion of Schaeffer had to deal with However, One Jump Ahead is We also get to know many of his about and what the consequences of quite different and, in my opinion, friends and rivals, including Asa Long, this success were. We and turns has lessons to be learned was written by an outsider-- one who see these checkers players not just as about human nature.


CHINOOK The World Man-Machine Checkers Champion

AI Magazine

In 1992, the seemingly unbeatable World Checker Champion Marion Tinsley defended his title against the computer program CHINOOK. After an intense, tightly contested match, Tinsley fought back from behind to win the match by scoring four wins to CHINOOK's two, with 33 draws. This match was the first time in history that a human world champion defended his title against a computer. In this match, after six games (all draws), Tinsley withdrew from the match and relinquished the world championship title to CHINOOK,citing health concerns.