This extraordinary book depicts the creation of the world champion checkers computer program, Chinook.
It's hard to believe that it's been over a decade since One Jump Ahead: Challenging Human Supremacy at Checkers was published. I'm delighted to have the oppor- nity to update and expand the book. The ?rst edition ended on a sad note and that was re?ected in the writing. It is now eleven years later and the project has come to a satisfying conclusion. Since its inception, the checkers project has consumed eighteen years of my life— twenty if you count the pre-CHINOOK and post-solving work. It's hard for me to believe that I actually stuck with it for that long. My wife, Steph, would probably have something witty to say about my obsessive behavior. Rereading the book after a decade was dif?cult for me. When I originally wrote One Jump Ahead, I vowed to be candid in my telling of the story. That meant being honest about what went right and what went wrong. I have been criticized for being hard on some of the characters. That may be so, but I hope everyone will agree that the person receiving the most criticism was, justi?ably, me. I tried to be balanced in the storytelling, re?ecting things as they really happened and not as some sanitized everyone-lived-happily-ever-after tale.
The Opening Game.- I Feel I Can't Lose.- ThisWas Going To Be Easy.- BottomlessWell.- The Middle Game.- Valuable Lessons.- The Illusion of Intelligence.- A Nobel Turing Trio.- Didn't Samuel Solve That Game?.- The Case for the Prosecution.- As Close to Perfection As Humanly Possible.- You Look Like a Checkers Player.- The Fudge Factor.- I Feel Like a Teenager Again.- Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.- Trust Me.- A Wake-Up Call.- Prelude to Disaster.- Programmed by God.- Divine Intervention.- DissensionWithin the Ranks.- Home Away From Home.- It's a Draw!.- Let Me Suggest the Unthinkable.- The End Game.- Gentlemen's Agreement.- I'm Ready to Go.- The Game Score.- As Good As God.- The Final Frontier.- Quiet Satisfaction.- As Close to Perfection as Computationally Possible.- I Know I Can't Lose.- Past and Present..- Sluicing for Gold by Robert Lake.- A Long Journey by Paul Lu..- Recollections and Reflections by Norman Treloar.- Personal Recollections by Martin Bryant.- Solving the Problem of a Checkers Solving Program by Neil Burch..- Checkered Past by Rebecca Schaeffer.- Checkered Out by Steph Schaeffer.