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‘The Machine That Changed the World’: ACM and the History of Computing, 1947-2010

Conference Activity

National meetings were a focal point of ACM from early on, eventually supplemented by local chapter meetings and conferences sponsored by individual SIGs, as well as conferences often co-sponsored by ACM that surrounded a specific topic or event.  One example of an ongoing conference activity sponsored by ACM was the International (originally North American) Computer Chess Championship, which was held annually from 1970 through 1994 and which “resulted in the development of chess programs that play at world master levels,” according to Anita Cochran in 1987.