A very strong "Connect Four" program, written in collaboration with
I worked with Meinhard while at university; our joint research project was
to develop smart board game algorithms. Our diploma thesis, for example,
discussed a distributed Nine Men's Morris
(German: "Mühle") game program
which we developed jointly.
"4 gewinnt" was a by-product of those activities. During a seminar on
participants had to write a Connect-Four program based
on NN technology. We contributed a conventional, brute-force version which
was supposed to train the NN-based versions and to test how "smart" they
really were. (Needless to say that our code won the competition with ease .-)
BTW: A few years after we wrote our own Connect Four program, advances in
hardware and game theory made perfectly playing Connect Four possible.