Israelis win computer chess tournament

"Deep Junior" beat teams from around the world without losing a single game at championships in the Netherlands.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
November 23, 2011 20:30
Amir Ban receives the 'Shannon Trophy' in Holland

Amir Ban receives the 'Shannon Trophy' in the Netherlands 31. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Israeli chess computer program Deep Junior, programmed by software engineers Amir Ban and Shay Bushinsky and assisted by Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld, won the 2011 world computer chess championship held in Tilburg in The Netherlands this week.

Deep Junior beat teams from around the world without losing a single game.

It was the seventh world title that the Israeli team has won.

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"It is a tremendous achievement winning this difficult tournament again, and another token of excellence of Israeli software and Israeli chess," Bushinsky told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

The prestigious event was organized by the International Computer Game Association. It has been held annually since 1994 within the framework of a computer game Olympiad which includes other mind games played by computers.

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