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Computer Chess Books

A Selection of Valuable Reference Works for those Interested in Computer Chess

by Louis Kessler
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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In my past life as a computer chess programmer, I built up a wonderful collection of Computer Chess literature, including many books and journals.

The most valuable of this material has been donated to the University of Manitoba Library. For each book, I provide the call number. The Library's catalogue is available online.


How To Obtain The Books Listed On This Page

I donated my collection to our University's library in order to make it available to anyone who is interested. The material is available at the library for reference, and the library has reciprocal arrangements for interlibrary loan with many other public and university libraries. First check at your local library to see if the have the book you want. If not, they may be able to obtain it through inter-library loan for you.

If you wish to purchase a copy of a book for yourself, you will first have to find an outlet that can find the book for you. Almost all of the books listed are out-of-print, and there were not a great number of each printed. As a result, they may be hard to find for purchase and used copies may have inflated prices. One possible source that may be able to get some of these books for you is Amazon. I have provided links to Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk beside each book to provide additional info.

Computer Chess has come a long way. It still has a long way to go. Read some of these books, and enjoy the journey.

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Contents

  1. My Donations to the University of Manitoba
  2. Other Computer Chess Books at the University of Manitoba
  3. The Early Years - Up to the Mid-80's
  4. The Late 80's and Beyond

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My Donations to the University of Manitoba

These were journals and books from my own collection that helped me begin and refine my own Computer Chess program, Brute Force. I highly recommend this material to anyone interested in Computer Chess.
  1. The ICCA Newsletter
    These early issues of this newsletter are hard to find
    vol. 1 (1978) to vol. 6 (1983)
    U. of M. call number: Sci Per 790 I15 New

  2. The ICCA Journal
    Click to go to the ICCA Journal webpage
    vol. 7 (1984) to vol. 16 (1993)
    U. of M. call number: Sci Per 790 I15 New

  3. Advances in Computer Chess 1
    Click here for more information at Amazon.co.uk (Sorry, this title is not available at Amazon.com in the USA or Amazon.ca in Canada)M R B Clarke (Editor)
    February, 1980
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    Originally published in Dec 1977, the Feb 1980 issue is a later edition with minor corrections.
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1449.3 A38 v.1:1977

  4. Advances in Computer Chess 2
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.M. R. B. Clarke
    01 August, 1980
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1449.3 A38 v.2:1980

  5. Advances in Computer Chess 3
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.M. Clarke
    01 October, 1982
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1449.3 A38 v.3:1982

  6. Advances in Computer Chess 4: Proceedings of the Intl Conf, Brunel Univ, Uk, 1984 (X: Pergamon Chess Series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.D. F. Beal
    01 March, 1986
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1449.3 A38 v.4:1986

  7. Advances in Computer Chess, 5 (Advances in Computer Chess)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.D. F. Beal
    01 January, 1989
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1449.3 A38 v.5:1989

  8. Chess Skill in Man and Machine (Texts and Monographs in Computer Science)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.Peter W. Frey
    01 March, 1983
    Hardcover

    Price: $36.95
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    Avg. Rating: 4 (out of 5)
    Cust. Reviews: 3
    Special Order

    Get it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1318 C45 1977 c.2
    Note: This became the University's second copy of this book.
    The U. of M. has the 1st edition from 1977. Amazon has the 2nd edition from 1983.
    The 2nd editon was reprinted as part of "Texts and Monographs in Computer Science" by Springer Verlag.
    See Valentin Albillo's review

    Chess Skill in Man and Machine
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.Peter W. Frey
    01 June, 1984
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    This is the same book in paperback, 3rd edition.

     

  9. The machine plays chess? (Pergamon chess series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.A. G Bell
    1978
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1447 B44 1978

    The Machine Plays Chess (Pergamon Chess Series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.A. G. Bell
    01 February, 1978
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    This is the same book in paperback.

  10. 1975 U.S. Computer chess championship
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David N. L Levy
    1976
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1447 L48 1976

    1975 U.S. Computer chess championship
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David N. L Levy
    1976
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    This is the same book in paperback.

  11. 1976 U.S. computer chess championship: Seventh U.S. computer chess championship (Computer chess series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David N. L Levy
    1977
    Unknown Binding

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1455 L48 1977

  12. More chess and computers: The microcomputer revolution, the challenge match (Computer chess series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David N. L Levy
    1980
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1318 L483 1980

    More Chess and Computers: The Microcomputer Revolution, the Challenge Match, Belle : 1978-80
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David N. L. Levy
    01 September, 1982
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    This is the same book in paperback.

  13. How Computers Play Chess
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David Levy et al.
    01 August, 1990
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1449.3 L477 1991
    Valentin Albillo's review

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Other Computer Chess Books at the University of Manitoba

These books have also been in my University's library for many years, and were also excellent reference sources that I found useful.
  1. Computers, Chess and Long-Range Planning
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.Mikhail Moiseevich, Botvinnik
    January, 1970
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1318 B613 1970

  2. Computer chess (A.C.M. monograph series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.Monroe Newborn
    1975
    Unknown Binding

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. Library has 2 copies
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1318 .N48 1975

  3. Computer game-playing: Theory and practice (Ellis Horwood series in artificial intelligence)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.M. A. Bramer
    1983
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1469.2 C66 1983

  4. Computers in Chess: Solving Inexact Search Problems (Springer Series in Symbolic Computation)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.M. M. Botvinnik
    01 February, 1984
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    U. of M. call number: Sci GV 1447 .B67513 1984

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The Early Years - Up to the Mid-80's

I am not familiar with these books, so you will have to pass judgement on them yourself.
  1. Chess and Computers (Computer Chess Series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David Levy
    June, 1976
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

  2. Sargon: A Computer Chess Program
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.Dan Spracklen
    01 November, 1978
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

  3. The chess computer book (Pergamon chess series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.T. D Harding
    1982
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

    The Chess Computer Book (Pergamon Chess Openings)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.T. D. Harding
    January, 1982
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    This is the same book in paperback.

    The New Chess Computer Book (Pergamon Chess Series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.T.D. Harding
    01 September, 1985
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    This is the renamed 2nd edition of The Chess Computer Book
    See Valentin Albillo's review

     

    The New Chess Computer Book
    September, 1985
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    This is the same book in paperback.

  4. Computer chess
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.Ludek Pachman
    1986
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

  5. Computer chess
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David E Welsh
    1984
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

    Computer Chess II
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David E. Welsh et al.
    01 April, 1985
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    This is the 2nd edition.

  6. Computers, Chess, and Cognition
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.T. Anthony Marsland et al.
    01 October, 1990
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

  7. The joy of computer chess
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David N. L Levy
    1984
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

    The joy of computer chess
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David N. L Levy
    1984
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    This is the same book in paperback.

  8. The Chess Computer Handbook (A Batsford Chess Book)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.D. N. L. Levy
    31 December, 1984
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    See Valentin Albillo's review

     

  9. All about chess and computers: Containing the complete works, Chess and computers (Computer chess series)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David Levy and Monroe Newborn
    December, 1982
    Unknown Binding

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

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The Late 80's and Beyond

These are some of the newer contributions to the Computer Chess scene that may be of interest to you.
  1. Kasparov Versus Deep Blue : Computer Chess Comes of Age
    'ClickMonty Newborn
    31 January, 1997
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
     

  2. One Jump Ahead - Challenging Human Supremacy in Checkers
    'ClickJonathan Schaeffer
    1 June, 1997
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).
    Note: Not chess, but this is the supreme checkers program in the world, and is well worth taking note of.

  3. Advances in Computer Chess 6 (Ellis Horwood Series in Artificial Intelligence)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.D. F. Beal
    01 July, 1991
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

  4. Chess and Machine Intuition (Ablex Series in Artificial Intelligence)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.George W. Atkinson
    01 February, 1993
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

  5. Computer Chess Compendium
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David Levy
    01 March, 1989
    Hardcover

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

     

    Chess Computer Compendium
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.David Levy
    05 November, 1988
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

  6. How to Beat Your Chess Computer (Batsford Chess Library)
    Click here for more information at Amazon.com or click on the links below to go to Amazon Canada or Amazon U.K.Raymond Keene et al.
    01 July, 1992
    Paperback

    You might find it at amazon.com (USA), amazon.ca (Canada), or amazon.co.uk (U.K).

     

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