The Fredkin Challenge Match

Hans Berliner


On August 18 and 19, 1980, at Stanford University during the AAAI conference, the first of a projected pair of annual chess competitions pitting the world's best computer programs against rated human players of approximately the same strength was held. These matches are part of the Fredkin prize competition, wherein a sum of $100,000, established by the Fredkin Foundation of Cambridge, Mass., is to be awarded to the creators of a program that can defeat the World Chess Champion in official competition.

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