Danny Kopec, American chess player,Died at 62

  Reseacher, Sports

Daniel (Danny) Kopec was born on February 28, 1954, in far Saba, Israel, and died on June 12, 2016.

He was an American chess International Master, author, and computer science professor at Brooklyn College.

Danny Kopec graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of 1975.

He later received a PhD in Machine Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh.

He had published notable academic pieces in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine error reduction, intelligent tutoring systems, and computer education.

He had achieved the FIDE International Master title and was a semi-professional chess player beginning in 1976.

Danny had resided in Canada for several years during the 1980s, and competed there with success, including the 1984 Canadian Chess Championship.

Kopec has written numerous books on the subject of chess, produced eight chess instructional DVDs, and ran chess camps starting in 1994.

Also, he worked to promote his chess opening, “The Kopec System (fr)” (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bd3!?).

Along with Ivan Bratko, he was the creator of the Bratko-Kopec Test, which was one of the de facto standard testing systems for chess playing computer programs in the 1980s.

Since June 2016, his FIDE rating was 2308.

Danny KopecK passed away at 62 yrs old.