September 15, 1978

Chess and the Computer

Author Affiliations

University of Toronto Toronto

JAMA. 1978;240(12):1241. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290120035021

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To the Editor.—  I read with great interest the letter on "Algorithms, Medicine, Chess, and War" (239:1847, 1978). How ironic that Charles L. Witte, MD, was not aware that David Levy, the international chess master from Scotland, was recently defeated by a computer programmed by American experts and that he lost his wager of $4,000 on this issue.I cannot but agree with William H. Crosby, MD, that "the algorithm, like chess, is clean, elegant, intellectual, and knowable. On the other hand, life is a mess and so is the practice of medicine."