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The World Computer Chess Championship (WCCC) is an annual event organized by the ICGA, where computer chess engines compete against each other.

History

The World Computer Chess Championship was created and organized by David Levy, Ben Mittman and Monroe Newborn in 1974, as suggested by the Soviet programmers of Kaissa [1] :
Since 1972 (1970 Editor) in the USA and Canada were hold the yearly championships of North America among the chess programs, organized by the ACM. The team of Kaissa directed the organizers of these tournaments to the thought to conduct a world championship, whose organization within the framework its regular congress took upon itself.

Editions

Edition
Event
Origin
ICGA
Participants
Champion
1st
WCCC 1974
Stockholm
Sweden
WCCC 1974
13
Kaissa
2nd
WCCC 1977
Toronto
Canada
WCCC 1977
16
Chess 4.6
3rd
WCCC 1980
Linz
Austria
WCCC 1980
18
Belle
4th
WCCC 1983
New York
USA
WCCC 1983
22
Cray Blitz
5th
WCCC 1986
Cologne
West Germany
WCCC 1986
22
Cray Blitz
6th
WCCC 1989
Edmonton
Canada
WCCC 1989
24
Deep Thought
7th
WCCC 1992
Madrid
Spain
WCCC 1992
22
ChessMachine
8th
WCCC 1995
Shatin
Hong Kong - China
WCCC 1995
24
Fritz
9th
WCCC 1999
Paderborn
Germany
WCCC 1999
30
Shredder
10th
WCCC 2002
Maastricht
The Netherlands
WCCC 2002
18
Junior
11th
WCCC 2003
Graz
Austria
WCCC 2003
16
Shredder
12th
WCCC 2004
Ramat-Gan
Israel
WCCC 2004
14
Junior
13th
WCCC 2005
Reykjavík
Iceland
WCCC 2005
12
Zappa
14th
WCCC 2006
Turin
Italy
WCCC 2006
18
Junior
15th
WCCC 2007
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
WCCC 2007
11
Zappa [2]
16th
WCCC 2008
Beijing
China
WCCC 2008
9
Hiarcs [3]
17th
WCCC 2009
Pamplona
Spain
WCCC 2009
9
Junior, Shredder, Deep Sjeng [4]
18th
WCCC 2010
JAIST, Kanazawa
Japan
WCCC 2010
9
Rondo, Thinker [5]
19th
WCCC 2011
Tilburg University, Tilburg
The Netherlands
WCCC 2011
9
Junior
20th
WCCC 2013
Keio University Kyōsei-kan, Yokohama
Japan
WCCC 2013
6
Junior
21st
WCCC 2015
Leiden University, Leiden
The Netherlands
WCCC 2015
9
Jonny
22nd
WCCC 2016
Leiden University, Leiden
The Netherlands
WCCC 2016
6
Komodo
23rd
WCCC 2017
Leiden University, Leiden
The Netherlands




ICCA

Since 1977 the WCCC was organized by the ICCA, which was founded 1977 in Toronto.

Shannon Trophy

The Champion is awarded by the Shannon Trophy [6] [7] .
shanny.jpg

The

Shannon Trophy

for the

World Computer Chess Champion!

In Memoriam

Claude Shannon

[8]

Rules



Hardware Limit

In 2009, ICGA president David Levy surprised potential participants of the WCCC 2009 with an disputed short term decision, an 8-cores hardware limit [10] , a topic heavily discussed in various CC forums [11] . As a consequence, the ICGA initiated an opinion formation related to that issue with respect to future World Computer Chess Championships [12] .

World Chess Software Championship

In September 2009, the ICGA announced following decision [13] :

As a result of this input from the participants the ICGA has decided upon the following for the 2010 WCCC and subsequent years:

  1. The World Computer Chess Championship for the Shannon Trophy will be contested by teams who have no Restriction placed on them as to their choice of hardware.
  2. A new tournament will be introduced called the "World Chess Software Championship" to be held at the same location and during the same period as the WCCC. This will be a uniform platform event using computers loaned by the host organisation. In each game played in this tournament the two computers will be, so far as is possible, identical with respect to their hardware capabilities: number of cores, processor speed, memory size.
  3. Participants may compete in either or both of these tournaments for a single entry fee.
  4. The time control for the WCCC will be such as to aim for a 4-hour playing session, namely all moves in 1 hour 45 minutes plus an increment of 15 seconds per move.
  5. The time limit for the WCSC will be such as to aim for a 2-hour playing session, namely all moves in 45 minutes plus an increment of 15 seconds per move.
  6. The WCCC will be an 11-round Swiss System event if there are more than 12 entries, otherwise an all-play-all event.
  7. The number of rounds for the WCSC will be decided according to the number of entries in both events but there will be at least 9 rounds in the WCSC.
  8. There will as usual be a rest day for an excursion and time set aside for the speed championship.

David Levy
President ICGA


Rybka Disqualification 2011

In June 2011, the ICGA has disqualified and banned Rybka and its programmer Vasik Rajlich from previous and future World Computer Chess Championships. The ICGA accuses Rajlich of plagiarizing two other programs, Crafty and Fruit, and demands that he returns the trophies and prize money of the World Computer Chess Championships in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 [14], see ICGA Investigations.

See also


Publications


Postings


External Links


References

  1. ^ История “Каиссы” Михаил Донской History of Kaissa by Mikhail Donskoy, (Russian), from Russian Virtual Computer Museum
  2. ^ After the disqualification of Rybka in June 2011, Zappa is World Computer Chess Champion 2007
  3. ^ After the disqualification of Rybka in June 2011, Hiarcs is World Computer Chess Champion 2008
  4. ^ After the disqualification of Rybka in June 2011, Junior, Shredder and Deep Sjeng are World Computer Chess Champions 2009
  5. ^ After the disqualification of Rybka in June 2011, Rondo and Thinker are World Computer Chess Champions 2010
  6. ^ The Shannon Trophy Photo from ChessBase.com
  7. ^ The Shannon Trophy Photo from the CSVN Site
  8. ^ Amir Ban on Deep Junior from Combinatorics and more - Gil Kalai’s blog
  9. ^ WCCC Rules Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 11-18, 2007, The Board of the ICGA
  10. ^ Clarification of the 8-cores rule for the WCCC (updated)
  11. ^ Hardware limits in the WCCC from The ICGA Forum
  12. ^ Future World Computer Chess Championships by Harvey Williamson, Hiarcs Chess Forum, June 12, 2009
  13. ^ WCCC 2010 by Harvey Williamson, Hiarcs Forum, September 28, 2009
  14. ^ Rybka disqualified and banned from World Computer Chess Championships | ChessVibes by Peter Doggers, June 29, 2011
  15. ^ Yokohama 2013 (ICGA Tournaments)
  16. ^ ICGA Olympiad 2013: Yokohama, Aug 12-18! by Harm Geert Muller, CCC, December 21, 2012

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