ICGA: World Computer Chess Championship, Olympiad, Conference

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5/14/2022 – The 2022 International Computer Games Association events are fast approaching: the World Computer Chess Championships (Vienna, July 23-29), the 2022 Computer Olympiad (online, July 23-29), and the 2022 Computers and Games conference (online, November 22-24). The ICGA has distributed full information on all upcoming events.

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2022 World Computer Chess Championship

The International Computer Games Association (ICGA) is very pleased to announce that the 2022 World Computer Chess Championship, as well as the 2022 World Chess Software Championship and the 2022 World Computer Speed Chess Championship, will all take place in Vienna, Austria, hosted by the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence  (IJCAI). The dates are July 23-29, 2022.

For more information, contact jonathan@ualberta.ca

Computer Olympiad 2022

The 2022 Computer Olympiad will be held online. You must register by July 14, and play will commence on July 23. The competition will be played online, but overlapping the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI).

Note that for some competitions, if all the competitors agree, an established non-Ludii site can be used for the Olympiad competition. For example, a few popular games have established servers that facilitate computer-versus-computer play. It may be more convenient for competitors to use a site they are familiar with, rather than having to build a Ludii interface.

Games

In recent Olympiads, the following games have been contested. If your favorite games is not on this list and you know that there are at least two potential entrants, please contact us and we can add a new game to the Olympiad.

In the 2021 Olympiad, competitions were held for the following games:

  • Amazons
  • Brazilian Draughts
  • Breakthrough
  • Canadian Draughts
  • Chinese Chess
  • Chinese Dark Chess
  • Connect6
  • Draughts
  • EinStein Würfelt Nicht
  • Go (9×9)
  • Havannah (8×8)
  • Havannah (10×10)
  • Hex (11×11)
  • Hex (13×13)
  • Hex (19×19)
  • Mahjong
  • Mini Shogi
  • Nonogram, Othello (8×8)
  • Othello (10×10)
  • Outer-Open Gomoku
  • Surakarta
  • Sylver Coinage
     
     

Interest has been expressed in having competitions in the following games which have been played in previous Olympiads: Arimaa, Ataxx, Chinese Checkers, Clobber, Dice Shogi, Gomoku, Kyoto Shogi, Lines of Action, and Santorini.

Important Dates

    July 14: last day to register for the Olympiad
    July 22: registration fees must be paid
    July 23-29: competition

Awards

Each event will award a gold medal, and silver and bronze medals depending on the number of entries. Medal winners will receive a certificate and the right to hold the title Gold/Silver/Bronze Medal winner at the 2021 ICGA Computer Olympiad.

This year there is a €9,000 prize pool for the Ludii GGP AI Competition, consisting of three €3,000 prizes for the following events:

  • Kilothon: Run your Ludii agent over all 1,000+ Ludii games.
  • GGP: Run your Ludii agent against other entrants for several unseen games. 
  • Learning: Run your Ludii agent against other entrants for several known games. 

Entry in the Ludii GGP AI Competition is free.

Registration

40 Euro for each program entry. A person is allowed to have an entry in multiple competitions. At least one member from each team must be a member of the ICGA.

Registration will open in June.

Interfacing to Ludii

Information on how to connect your AI program to Ludii can be found at the Ludii site (under “Creating a Ludii Agent“).

Rules

The rules for an online Olympiad are a work in progress. Please look at them carefully, as there are changes over previous years: Computer Olympiad 2020 Rules.

Acknowledgements

Thank you to Cameron Browne and the Ludii team for adding the network interface to their system. Their support for the ICGA Computer Olympiad is greatly appreciated!

For More Information

    Hiroyuki Iida (iida@jaist.ac.jp)
    Jonathan Schaeffer (jonathan@ualberta.ca)

Computers and Games 2022 — Call for Papers

Welcome to the home page for the Computers and Games 2022 conference. This conference is 20 years old and is held in even-numbered years (Advances in Computer Games is in the odd-numbered years). It originated in Japan and is now organized by the International Computer Games Association.

CG features cutting edge artificial intelligence technology as applied to computer games. This year’s conference is being held online November 22-24. It will feature refereed papers, outstanding keynote talks, and other activities.

Submission Guidelines

Papers must be written in English and can be up to 10 pages in length (including references). Please conform to the LNCS style. LaTeX preferred; an Overleaf template is available here. Submit a PDF version of your paper via EasyChair.

Dates

  • September 1: Submission deadline
  • October 17: Decisions announced
  • November 7: Final version due
  • November 22-24: Computers and Games 2022 conference

For more information, please go here.


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