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Diplomacy at the Computer Olympiad

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Anonymous
April 26, 2004 5:02:34 PM

Archived from groups: rec.games.diplomacy (More info?)

4-8 July 2004, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

The ICGA is delighted to announce that this year's Computer Olympiad takes
place from July 4 to 8 and will be played at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan,
Israel. In close cooperation with Prof. Nathan Netanyahu and Omid Tabibi,
the Board of ICGA has agreed to bring the Computer Olympiad to the city of
Ramat-Gan, a lovely place in Israel, near Tel Aviv.

The 9th Computer Olympiad is a multi-games event in which all of the
participants are computer programs. The purpose is to find the strongest
programs at each of the games, partly as an academic exercise and partly
because the competitions are fun. The organising committee consists of:
H.H.L.M. Donkers, J.W. Hellemons (chair), H.J. van den Herik, N. Netanyahu,
O.D. Tabibi, J.W.H.M. Uiterwijk, E.C.D. van der Werf and M.H.M. Winands. We
are planning tournaments for at least 24 different games:

Abalone
Amazons
Arimaa
Backgammon
Bao
Bridge
Chess*
Chinese Chess
8x8 Checkers
Diplomacy
Dots and Boxes
10x10 DraughtsGipf
Go
9x9 Go
Hex
Lines of Action
6x7 OCTI
9x9 OCTI
Othello
Poker
Renju
Scrabble
Shogi

*) the 12th World Computer Chess Championship (4-12 July)

The game of Awari has been eliminated from this list, since the game has
been solved by Romein and Bal, as reported in the ICGA Journal, Vol. 25, No.
3. In this capacity it follows the games: Connect-Four, Qubic, Go-Moku, and
Nine Men's Morris. The game of Renju, claimed to be solved too, is still
welcome since we have not seen a fully-operational program on internet that
plays perfectly. Moreover, we are willing to host more games, such as Ataxx,
Clobber, Dvonn, Mediocrity, Onyx, Tamsk, TwixT and Zèrtz but we do not know
of the existence of adequately playing programs. We are awaiting suggestions
and proposals of programmers before we include them in the official list
given above.

For each game a tournament will take place provided that at least two
programs enter the tournament for that particular game. The detailed
tournament schedule will not be announced until the closing date for entries
which is 1 June 2004. Notification of entry acceptation will be given before
23 June, 2004. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the leading
programs in each tournament. Except for the OCTI tournaments, there will be
no cash prizes.

The chess competition of the Computer Olympiad will be a special event,
since it is adopted by the ICGA as the 12th World Computer-Chess
Championship (WCCC 2004).

During the Olympiad, the World Championship Computer-RoShamBo will be
organised.

The 9th Computer Olympiad will be held in conjunction with the Computers and
Games 2004 conference (CG'04).

The Tournament Director of the Computer Olympiad will be Professor Jaap van
den Herik from the Computer Science Department of the Universiteit
Maastricht.

The rules of the 9th Computer Olympiad will be published on the website.
The entry fee for the chess tournament is as follows:
Amateur: ? 25
Semi-professional: ? 250
Professional: ? 500

The entry fees for the other tournaments are as follows:
Amateur: ? 25
Semi-professional: ? 100
Professional: ? 250

A participant is expected to be ICGA member ( ? 40).

"Amateur": programmers who have no commercial interest in their program, and
are not professional game programmers. Applications for amateur
classification must supply information to justify their claim.

"Semi-professional": Any program submitted by an employee or associate from
a games-programming company. The program's name must not be derived from or
similar to a commercial product.

"Professional": A program whose name is the same as or derived from a
commercial product.

Any entry received after 1 June 2004 will be subject to a penalty fee,
doubling the above fees.

For more information: http://www.cs.unimaas.nl/olympiad2004/
Anonymous
April 26, 2004 6:53:05 PM

Archived from groups: rec.games.diplomacy (More info?)

"Mark Winands" <m.winands_removethis_@cs.unimaas.nl> writes:
: For each game a tournament will take place provided that at least two
: programs enter the tournament for that particular game.

For Diplomacy, wouldn't there need to be 7 entrants?
If there are only 2, what will they do? Have one program
play 4 powers and the other 3? Or will they play 128 games
with every possible assignment of the powers among the programs?
!