CHINOOK The World Man-Machine Checkers Champion


  • Jonathan Schaeffer
  • Robert Lake
  • Paul Lu
  • Martin Bryant



In 1992, the seemingly unbeatable World Checker Champion Marion Tinsley defended his title against the computer program CHINOOK. After an intense, tightly contested match, Tinsley fought back from behind to win the match by scoring four wins to CHINOOK's two, with 33 draws. This match was the first time in history that a human world champion defended his title against a computer. This article reports on the progress of the checkers (8 3 8 draughts) program CHINOOK since 1992. Two years of research and development on the program culminated in a rematch with Tinsley in August 1994. In this match, after six games (all draws), Tinsley withdrew from the match and relinquished the world championship title to CHINOOK,citing health concerns. CHINOOK has since defended its title in two subsequent matches. It is the first time in history that a computer has won a human-world championship.




How to Cite

Schaeffer, J., Lake, R., Lu, P., & Bryant, M. (1996). CHINOOK The World Man-Machine Checkers Champion. AI Magazine, 17(1), 21.