One Jump Ahead

Challenging Human Supremacy in Checkers

Authors: Schaeffer, Jonathan

  • An account of Chinook-the computer program that perfected checkers
  • A must-read for all those interested in computer intelligence and computer games
  • Written by world re-nowned researcher at the leader center on computer games, University of Alberta’s GAMES group
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About this book

Why did I write this book? I'm still not sure. After all, I'm a researcher, which means I think I know how to write technical papers. But writing for a n- technical audience is something I know nothing about. It took a lot of effort before I could force myself to sit down to write the first word. Once I did, however, it was hard not to stop! When I started this project, I didn't know that I had a lot to say and, in some sense, the results show this. The book is much longer than I even imagined it would be. Worse yet is that there is a lot of material that I decided not to include. It's a good thing that the publishers decided to limit how long the book could be! However, after much soul searching, I think I now know the reasons why I wrote this book. First and foremost, this book tells an interesting story. It's about the life of a checkers-playing computer program, Chinook, from its creation in 1989 to its retirement in 1996. In reality the story revolves around two people with different views of the program. As the creator of Chinook, I wanted to push the program to become the best player in the world, in much the same way that a father might encourage his son to excel at sports.

Reviews

"...We get a close look into the embarrassingly low-rent, codger-populated world of championship checkers... and a few painless lessons in the game itself... But the most memorable passages deal with Schaeffers's own bittersweet reactions. His brainchild does so well that he can see, all too clearly, its almost tragic effect on the cloistered society of checkers - and on his fellow human beings." Newsweek

" Schaeffer's personal involvement in the Chinook project, along with his engaging and open story-telling makes the book surprisingly gripping." A.K. Dewdney


Table of contents (26 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
One Jump Ahead
Book Subtitle
Challenging Human Supremacy in Checkers
Authors
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-2733-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-2733-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 496
Number of Illustrations and Tables
56 b/w illustrations
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