Danny Kopec

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Danny Kopec
Full name Daniel Kopec
Country United States
Born (1954-02-28) February 28, 1954 (age 61)
Title International Master
Peak rating 2493 (December 1994)

Daniel (Danny) Kopec (born February 28, 1954) is an American chess International Master, author, and computer science professor at Brooklyn College. He graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of 1975. Kopec later received a PhD in Machine Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh.


Kopec has achieved the FIDE International Master title and has been a semi-professional chess player since 1976. He lived in Canada for several years during the 1980s, and competed there with success. He has written numerous books on the subject of chess, produced eight chess instructional DVDs, and has run chess camps since 1994. Kopec has also worked to promote his chess opening, "The Kopec System" (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bd3!?).[1]

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.[2]

Kopec has published notable academic pieces in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine error reduction, intelligent tutoring systems, and computer education.[3]

As of April 2009, his FIDE rating is 2334.

Partial chess bibliography[edit]

  • (1980) Best Games Of The Young Grandmasters, with Craig Pritchett (non-fiction chess), publisher Bell and Howell, London
  • (1985) Master Chess: A Course in 21 Lessons (non-fiction chess)
  • (1997) Practical Middlegame Techniques with Rudy Blumenfeld (non-fiction chess)
  • (1998) Test, Evaluate, and Improve your Chess co-author Hal Terrie (non-fiction chess)
  • (2002) Chess World Title Contenders and Their Styles co-author Craig Pritchett (non-fiction chess)
  • (2003) Mastering the Sicilian (non-fiction chess)
  • (2004) Winning the Won Game co-author Ľubomír Ftáčnik (non-fiction chess)


  1. ^ The Kopec System (kidschess.com)
  2. ^ "Chess Programming Wiki". 
  3. ^ Kopec's Academic Resume (Brooklyn College)

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