[FRIAM] Chess and Horses

Edward Angel angel at cs.unm.edu
Fri Jun 1 18:31:15 EDT 2018

After FRIAM, I remembered the name of the USC Chess Player: Albert Zobrist. He invented Zobrist hashing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zobrist_hashing <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zobrist_hashing>) which is fundamental to all chess playing programs. He created the first go program too (https://chessprogramming.wikispaces.com/Albert+Zobrist <https://chessprogramming.wikispaces.com/Albert+Zobrist>).

I remember now that it was during one of the fast chess sessions outside our offices that I first learned about hashing.

I couldn’t find anything on his early days, probably late 50’s, as a chess prodigy.


Ed Angel

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> On Jun 1, 2018, at 3:50 PM, Frank Wimberly <wimberly3 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Nothing has appeared here for awhile as far as I know.
> This morning at "physical" Friam I mentioned that in 1967 a research organization that I worked for hired a young guy as a "runner".  He carried boxes of cards and printer output between our offices and the University of Pittsburgh computer center.  In the meantime, he was a chess master and could beat everyone in the office simultaneously while blindfolded.  His father was Cantor, apropos of nothing.  Here is a link I found:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1979/02/01/chess-player-wins-horse-on-first-trygame-player-lowers-odds/e8a02f9b-bf2f-4194-913e-b8e582908aff/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4e7c416473b8 <https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1979/02/01/chess-player-wins-horse-on-first-trygame-player-lowers-odds/e8a02f9b-bf2f-4194-913e-b8e582908aff/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4e7c416473b8>
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