Welcome to the ICGA website: A welcome from the President.

This site, representing the ICGA community, aims to be a site of prime interest to computer-game enthusiasts across a wide spectrum of games. We hope you appreciate it and invite you to contribute to this site through the feedback channels, and consider joining the ICGA if you are not a member.

AlphaGo film

The AlphaGo film will be shown at the WCCC/WCSC playing location on Friday 13 July, 18:00.

AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind, to Seoul, where a legendary Go master faces an unproven AI challenger. As the drama unfolds, questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year- old game? What will it teach us about humanity?

The ICGA thanks Google Deep Mind and Ro*Co Films for permitting the showing of the documentary.

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WCCC Update

Due to site limitations and time, there are only 4 spaces left for WCCC. First come first serve, so if you want to enter, now is a good time.

Note you can now bring your favorite mouse to use in all three tournaments.

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Prizes at the World Computer Chess Championships in Stockholm, July 13th-19th 2018

Thank you to all who sent us have their opinions about the distribution of the 5,000 Euro prize fund for the Stockholm tournaments.

A big majority of you are in favour of having prizes for all three tournaments, and for having three prizes within each tournament.

The prize fund distribution will therefore be as follows:

World Computer Chess Championship (open to all hardware)

First  1,500 Euro
Second 500 Euro
Third 250 Euro

World Chess Software Championship  (uniform platform event)

First 1,500 Euro
Second  500 Euro
Third  250 Euro

World Computer Speed Chess Championship

First  350 Euro
Second  100 Euro
Third  50 Euro

David Levy

[President – ICGA]

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Computer Chess Participants list

The current list of participants is added on a separate page, displaying the tournaments they have joined. You can find this page here: 2018 Chess Events Participants list. When new entries arrive, they will be added to this list.

Also an overview page has been added containing an overview list of everything published  on the tournament. It can be found under the Chess Events menu too or direct via Chess Events 2018 Stockholm, Sweden.

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World Computer Chess Championship Prize Fund

The ICGA is pleased to announce that the World Computer Chess Championship tournaments in Stockholm (July 13th-19th) will have a total prize fund of 5,000 Euro (approximately USA$6,000).

Before deciding how to allocate this prize fund we would like to hear from prospective participants as to how they believe the money should be split. In particular we would appreciate input on two questions:

[a] How should the 5,000 Euro be split between the World Computer Chess Championship, the World Chess Software Championship (uniform platform event), and the Would Computer Speed Chess Championship?

[b] Should the total for each tournament be given as one prize, or should there be two prizes or three?

Please let me have your input not later than May 6th, to davidlevylondon@yahoo.com

Kind regards to all.

David Levy
[ICGA President]

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Computer Olympiad website

The website for the Computer Olympiad for registration and information is available on http://www.tcga.tw/icga-computer-olympiad-2018/en/.

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Hotel Information

The events will take place at the Stockholmsmässan in Stockholm, Sweden

http://www.stockholmsmassan.se/?sc_lang=en

The IJCAI and EUAI conferences, which are taking place in the same building as the ICGA event, have deals with a couple of local hotels. Visit https://book.passkey.com/event/49566506/owner/49181/home

for booking at one of those hotels. The main conference hotel is the Scandic Talk, which is attached to the same building as the ICGA event.  The cheapest room rates (room without a window) from that web site average  1,890 Swedish kronor per night, which is roughly USD $225 or 182 Euro.  A very wide range of hotels and room rates, with quite good deals, can be found at

http://www.trivago.com

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ICGA Chess Events Entry form

Please use this link to enter programs for the World Computer CHess Championship, World Chess Software Championship and Speed Chess: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfn2c2QFyjcyvobh9zL49Y265jWj3GItpF5Nmlz7Z7X_3J0vg/viewform

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Rules and Schedule

You will find the 2018  updated rules here: Rules ICGA events 2018 and  updated schedule here:

WCSC Schedule: WCSCplanning

WCCC Schedule: WCCCplanning

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World Computer Chess Championships 2018 – Tournament schedule

Please find attached the tournament schedule for this year’s ICGA Chess events in Stockholm, which are taking place from July 13th-19th: Excel: /wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ICGA-Chess-Schedule-2018.xlsx PDF: /wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ICGA-Chess-Schedule-2018-2.pdf

You will find here the schedule for the World Computer Chess Championship (WCCC), the World Chess Software Championship (WCSC) and the World Computer Speed Chess Championship. We have catered here for different numbers of participants, ranging from 7 to 12.

The tri-ennial ICGA Meeting will take place in two locations simultaneously – Taiwan (where the Computer Olympiad and ICGA games conference are being held), and Stockholm, with a video/audio link between the two. This will enable members in both locations to participate in the meeting.

More details of the championships, including the detailed rules and information about hotels and travel subsidies for participants, will be made available in the near future.

There will be an International Grandmaster present in Stockholm to comment on the games for spectators in the tournament hall and online.

Kind Regards,

David Levy

[ICGA President]

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