World Computer Chess Championship
World Computer Chess Championship (WCCC) is an event held periodically since 1974 where computer chess engines compete against each other. The event is organized by the International Computer Games Association. It is often held in conjunction with the Computer Olympiad, a collection of computer tournaments for other board games.
In 2007, the reigning champion Junior declined to defend its title.
For the 2009 edition, the rules were changed to limit platforms to commodity hardware supporting at most eight cores, thereby excluding supercomputers and large clusters. Thereafter, a parallel Software Championship was held instead; unlimited hardware is still allowed in the championship proper.
|4||1983||New York||22||Cray Blitz|
|12||2004||Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan||14||Deep Junior|
|17||2009||Pamplona||10||Junior, Shredder, Sjeng[wccc 1]|
|18||2010||Kanazawa||10||Rondo, Thinker[wccc 1]|
- Rybka originally won the WCCC in 2007 -2010, but was later disqualified for plagiarising code in a controversial decision.
World Chess Software ChampionshipEdit
From 2010 a new tournament was introduced and held at the same location and during the same period as the World Computer Chess Championship. The rules for the World Chess Software Championship state that competing programs must run on machines with identical hardware specifications. Time control is game in 45 minutes with 15 second increment.
|1||2010||Kanazawa||9||Shredder||Intel quad core Xeon 2.66 GHz, 8MB Hash|
|2||2011||Tilburg||5||HIARCS||Intel Core2 Duo, 1.7 GHz, 2MB Hash|
|3||2013||Yokohama||6||HIARCS||Intel quad core i7, 2.7 GHz, 16MB Hash|
|4||2015||Leiden||8||Shredder||Intel quad core i7, 2.7 GHz, 16MB Hash|
|5||2016||Leiden||7||Komodo||Intel quad core i7, 3.4 GHz, 16MB Hash |
|6||2017||Leiden||7||Shredder||Intel quad core i7, 3.4 GHz, 16MB Hash|
|7||2018||Stockholm||9||Komodo||Intel quad core i7, 1.8 GHz, 16MB Hash|
|8||2019||Macau||6||Komodo||Intel Pentium Silver N5000 CPU at 1.1 GHz, 4 GB RAM|
Due to the requirement to be present on-site, play on a physical board, and strict rules of originality, many strong programs refrain from participating in the ICGA events. As the conditions of the software championship can easily be emulated by anyone with a high-end PC, there are now privately conducted tournaments, such as Top Chess Engine Championship, that have much broader attendance, as well as a larger number of games to reduce the influence of chance.
World Microcomputer Chess ChampionshipEdit
From 1980 to 2001, the ICCA/ICGA organized a separate cycle of championships limited to programs running on microprocessors. In the first three championships, the winners were dedicated chess computers, and then in 1984, Richard Lang's Psion program shared first place, running on an IBM PC under MS-DOS.
The 16th WMCCC was the same as the 9th WCCC above.
|1||1980||London||12||Fidelity Chess Challenger|
|3||1983||Budapest||15||Fidelity Elite A/S|
|4||1984||Glasgow||12||Fidelity Elite X, Mephisto, Princhess X, Psion|
|5||1985||Amsterdam||6 / 5||Mephisto / Nona|
|7||1987||Rome||2 / 7||Mephisto / Psion|
|8||1988||Almería||2 / 7||Mephisto|
|11||1991||Vancouver, Canada||15||ChessMachine (Gideon)|
|13||1995||Paderborn, Germany||33||MChess Pro 5.0|
- Clarification of the 8-cores rule for the WCCC
- Jennings, Peter (January 1978). "The Second World Computer Chess Championships". BYTE. p. 108. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Article on the World Chess Software Championship
- HIARCS announcement of new tournament
- ChessCentral report on 2010 World Chess Software Championship