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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Chess Snippets From The Back

Sometimes it is a very interesting activity to do a search on a topic in google and go all the way to the very last page. This search was done on the keyword chess using Google Uncle Sam search(US Government Search via Google). Here are a few of the snippets that we thought you might enjoy.

"Like a chess master arranging pieces against an unsuspecting novice, master-mind decision support software begins cross-cueing firing units and additional sensors."

"Over the seven years, the revolution that we've seen in the market has really revolutionized the role of the Commission too, placing it front and center to some of the most important questions affecting American citizens' lives, indeed global citizens' lives, and the future of technology, and the future of U.S. competitiveness. Sometimes I think about when I first came, we used to play checkers, now we play four-dimensional chess. And the questions are much more complicated, much more multi-dimensional and much more difficult because it's very difficult to predict where things will go. But it is just as exciting, probably ten times more exciting and more thrilling to be a part of it." Michael K. Powell

"PERSONAL DATA: Born September 23, 1961 in San Diego, California. Died on February 1, 2003 over the southern United States when Space Shuttle Columbia and the crew perished during entry, 16 minutes prior to scheduled landing. He is survived by his wife and children. He enjoyed running, mountain biking, back country hiking/camping, swimming, playing guitar, chess."

"As the Johnson-Sea-Link II is secured in its cradle, the Seward Johnson will soon be underway to this site. A Tucker trawl, sample processing and identification, video tape review, filming, and writing - with an occasional game of Chess - is what you would see if you were joining us on this nice late summer evening at sea."
Oceanexplorer NOAA

"Child Desired Result 2: Children are effective learners.
Indicator 3: Children show interest in real-life mathematical concepts.
Engages in, expands, and adapts complex games by using higher-order math skills (e.g., chess, Mancala, card games, complex computer games)"
California Department of Education

"Born in 1945, Pines grew up in Rhodesia, with a continuing passion for mathematics, chess, and music as well as science. As an undergraduate he studied mathematics and chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He joined Berkeley Lab and the faculty of UC Berkeley shortly after earning his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. A U.S. citizen since 1981, he is married to Ditsa Pines and is the father of five children." ALEXANDER PINES bio

Photo by Liz Weaver
Chess tourney
"Members of the 461st Engineer Company participate in a chess tournament at the Recreation Center."

"Pioneering computers-then and now: The first "high-speed" computer, MANIAC(Mathematical Analyzer,Numerical Integrator And Computer), was developed as part of the nuclear weapons program at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1952. MANIAC was only available to the foremost scientists around the country to help solve the critical scientific problems of that era. It occupied a large room and was the first computer programmed to play chess, possessing enough memory to store up to 5000 words. It is hardly a comparison to the laptops of today, each with gigabytes of memory and available now to children in grade schools. Many technologies from Office of Science programs have contributed to the present generation of computers, and the Office of Science operates the premier supercomputer available for civilian research and development within DOE at NERSC."
DOE Office of Science Strategic Plan 2004 Deliver Computing for the Frontiers of Science

"The game of chess is recommended as a school activity. In addition to requiring that individuals become actively involved in a mentally demanding competition, its effects are stimulating, wholesome, and healthy. Several benefits accrue from the teaching and promoting of chess in schools. Chess limits the element of luck (teaching the importance of planning), requires that reason be coordinated with instinct (it is an effective decision-teaching activity), is an endless source of satisfaction (the better one plays, the more rewarding it becomes), and it is a highly organized recreational activity with clubs (leagues, team play) and elaborate systems of local, national, and international governance. In addition, chess is an international language such that players will find a friendly reception in any of the thousands of chess clubs throughout the world. A brief description of the game, comments on its appeal, and techniques to support chess in schools are provided. Techniques suggested include providing opportunities to learn and practice chess in clubs, intramural competition, credit/non-credit classes, and in teams which represent the school in inter-school competition. (JN)"
Why Chess in the Schools.

"Creative activities. Use the extra free time during the summer months to show your child new creative activities. Help him check out a local chess club, visit a pottery studio or arts and crafts center, or learn to play an instrument. For more information, talk to your local parks and recreation department."
Family Guide

"Carl Edwin Wieman was born in Corvallis, Oregon on March 26, 1951 to Orr and Alison Wieman. His father worked in a sawmill and his mother was a social worker. He attended schools in nearby Kings Valley and Philomath and later enrolled in Highland View Middle School in Corvallis. One teacher remembered him as a "...serious kid who never got anything wrong." Wieman attended Corvallis High School, where he competed in chess tournaments and played on the tennis team before graduating in 1969. He later graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 with a B.S. and Stanford University in 1977 with a Ph.D."
Notable Oregonians: Carl E. Wieman- Physicist/Nobel Prize Winner


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