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The ICGA, the International Computer Games Association, was founded as the ICCA in 1977 by computer chess programmers to organize championship events for computer programs and to facilitate the sharing of technical knowledge via the ICGA Journal.
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The Aims of the ICGA are


The Board of the ICGA


ICCA / ICGA Presidents

President
Org.
from
until
Ben Mittman
ICCA
1977
1983
Monroe Newborn

1983
1986
David Levy

1986
1992
Tony Marsland

1992
1999
David Levy
ICCA
1999
2002
David Levy
ICGA
2002


ICGA Events

[2]

Investigations


ICGA Topics


History and Purpose of the ICGA

Renamed into the ICGA in 2002 [3] , the association now more broadly fosters the Computer Games community through its relationships with Computer Science, Commercial and Game organizations throughout the world. The ICGA's broader scope reflects the more general way in which computer-game capability contributes to Artificial Intelligence and to the human experience of game-playing.

Quotes

Robert Hyatt

Robert Hyatt, 1997 in a rgcc post [4] :
I was there when Barend Swets (Believe the spelling is correct) proposed forming this organization in 1977 in Toronto. I was one of many that stood up and said "yes, I'll join." However, others stood up and said I'll not only join, I'll help for nothing, and the ICCA was formed, and continues to work this way.

Jaap van den Herik

Jaap van den Herik in 2001 in The Bell Captain [5] :
In 1977, the ICCA was founded during the Second World Computer-Chess Championship in Toronto. The organisation was the brainchild of Barend Swets and many participants supported the idea, among them Ken Thompson who then tied for 4th place amongst 16 participants with his program BELLE. CHESS 4.6 won the title but Ken received credit for BELLE's KQKR endgame play against IGM Walter Browne (Fenner, 1979) [6] [7] . Further, Ken agreed to serve as Secretary and Treasurer of the new organisation alongside Ben Mittman, the first ICCA President, and did so successfully and with much enthusiasm for six years.

Best-Publication Awards

Mephisto Best-Publication Award

Winners of the Mephisto Best-Publication Award 1988-1992:

Novag Best-Publication Award

Winners of the Novag Best-Publication Award 1992-1996:

ChessBase Best-Publication Award

Winners of the ChessBase Best-Publication Award 1999-2010:

Best-Publication Award

Winners of the Best-Publication Award 2011 ...

ICGA Journal Awards

In 1992, a novel Award was instituted by the ICCA, the ICCA Journal Award. The Award is to be adjudicated annually to a first-time author for the best article in the ICCA/ICGA Journal in the year under consideration.
Year
Award Winner
Article
Published in
1993
Peter Jansen
Peter Jansen (1993). KQKR: Speculatively Thwarting a Human Opponent.
Vol. 16, No. 1

1994
Chrilly Donninger
Chrilly Donninger (1993). Null Move and Deep Search: Selective-Search Heuristics for Obtuse Chess Programs.
Vol. 16, No. 3

1995
Bradley Kuszmaul
Bradley Kuszmaul (1995). The StarTech Massively Parallel Chess Program.
Vol. 18, No. 1
pdf
1996
Michael Buro
Michael Buro (1995). ProbCut: An Effective Selective Extension of the Alpha-Beta Algorithm.
Vol. 18, No. 2
pdf
1997
Mark Brockington
Mark Brockington (1996). A Taxonomy of Parallel Game-Tree Search Algorithms.
Vol. 19, No. 3

1998
Andreas Junghanns
Andreas Junghanns (1998). Are there Practical Alternatives to Alpha-Beta?
Vol. 21, No. 1

1999
Ernst A. Heinz
Ernst Heinz (1998). Efficient Interior-Node Recognition.
Vol. 21, No. 3

2000
Darse Billings
Darse Billings (2000). Thoughts on RoShamBo.
Vol. 23, No. 1

2001
Thomas Thomsen
Thomas Thomsen (2000). Lambda-Search in Game Trees with Application to Go.
Vol. 23, No. 4

2002
Ren Wu
Ren Wu, Don Beal (2001). Fast, Memory-efficient Retrograde Algorithms.
Vol. 24, No. 3

2003
David Fotland
David Fotland (2002). Static Eye in "The Many Faces of Go".
Vol. 25, No. 4

2004
Haw-ren Fang
Haw-ren Fang, Tsan-sheng Hsu, Shun-Chin Hsu (2004). Checking Indefinitely in Chinese-Chess Endgames.
Vol. 27, No. 1

2005
Kohei Noshita
Kohei Noshita (2005). Union-Connections and Straightforward Winning Strategies in Hex. + Companion pdf
Vol. 28, No. 1
pdf
2006
Fridel Fainshtein
Fridel Fainshtein, Yaakov HaCohen-Kerner (2006). A Chess Composer of Two-Move Mate Problems.
Vol. 29, No. 1
pdf
2007
Gian Piero Favini
Paolo Ciancarini, Gian Piero Favini (2007). A Program to Play Kriegspiel.
Vol. 30, No. 1

2008
Rémi Coulom
Rémi Coulom (2007). Computing “Elo Ratings” of Move Patterns in the Game of Go.
Vol. 30, No. 4
pdf
2009
Nathan Sturtevant
Nathan Sturtevant (2008). An Analysis of UCT in Multi-Player Games.
Vol. 31, No. 1
pdf
2010
Yoshikuni Sato
Yoshikuni Sato, Daisuke Takahashi, Reijer Grimbergen (2010). A Shogi Program based on Monte-Carlo Tree Search.
Vol. 33, No. 2
pdf
2011
Petr Baudiš
Petr Baudiš (2011). Balancing MCTS by Dynamically Adjusting the Komi Value.
Vol. 34, No. 3

2012
Diogo R. Ferreira
Diogo R. Ferreira (2012). Determining the Strength of Chess Players Based on Actual Play.
Vol. 35, No. 1

2013
Kunihito Hoki
Kunihito Hoki, Tomoyuki Kaneko, Akihiro Kishimoto, Takeshi Ito (2013). Parallel Dovetailing and its Application
to Depth-First Proof-Number Search.
Vol. 36, No. 1


Forum Posts


External Links


References

  1. ^ ICGA Reference Database (pdf)
  2. ^ ICGA Tournament Database
  3. ^ ICCA BECOMES ICGA by David Levy, President of the ICGA, ICGA Journal, Vol. 25, No. 3 - September 2002
  4. ^ Does ICCA publish dissenting views?, post #18 by Robert Hyatt, January 22, 1997, rgcc
  5. ^ Jaap van den Herik (2001). The Bell Captain. ICGA Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2
  6. ^ Walter Shawn Browne vs Belle (Computer) - Queen vs Rook exhibition 1978 from chessgames.com
  7. ^ QUEEN vs. ROOK by Warren Stenberg and Edware J. Conway, reprinted from the January, 1979 issue of the Minnesota Chess Journal, The Usenet Oldnews Archive, Compilation Copyright (C) 1981, 1996 Bruce Jones, Henry Spencer, David Wiseman » ACM 1978, Belle, Endgame Tablebases, Walter Browne
  8. ^ Yokohama 2013 (ICGA Tournaments)
  9. ^ ICGA Facebook page by Harvey Williamson, CCC, July 06, 2017

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