Computer Chess Championship Back For Rapid Redux
It's back to rapid for the Chess.com Computer Chess Championship.

Computer Chess Championship Back For Rapid Redux

pete
pete
Nov 21, 2018, 9:00 PM |
28 | Chess.com News

After two successful tournaments in the Chess.com Computer Chess Championship, we're ready to power up the world's best chess engines again in CCC 3: Rapid Redux.

Based on fan feedback, the new championship will feature a smaller field of 16 strong engines and a slightly longer rapid time control of 30 minutes plus a five-second increment. 

Stockfish, the world's strongest chess engine, will try to defend its undefeated CCC record against its best rivals including Komodo, Lc0, and Houdini.

CCC 3: Rapid Redux is scheduled to begin on Friday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST):

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Stockfish easily won the last Computer Chess Championship rapid event, and it will now take on a smaller field of 16 top chess engines. All chess engines have been updated to their latest stable versions, including the newest neural networks for the machine-learning chess engine Lc0 ("Leela").

The Computer Chess Championship Rapid Redux will consist of three stages, all held at the rapid time control of 30+5. 

Stage one will begin with 16 competitors before the field is narrowed down to eight engines for stage two and a final four engines for stage three, the championship.

Participants:

The following engines will play in CCC 3: Rapid Redux. You can visit the Chess.com CCC tournament page to find the latest engine version numbers as they are updated before each stage of the event. 

  1. Andscacs
  2. Arasan
  3. Booot
  4. Ethereal
  5. Fire
  6. Houdini
  7. Komodo
  8. Komodo Monte Carlo
  9. Laser
  10. Lc0
  11. Nemorino
  12. Pedone
  13. Stockfish
  14. Texel
  15. Wasp
  16. Xiphos

Rules:

  • Time control: rapid (30+5)
  • 6-man Syzygy and 5-man Gaviota TBs
  • All other UCI options set to default
  • Games will be played to completion (mate or draw) with no adjudication except for threefold repetition and the 50-move rule
  • Tiebreaks will be determined utilizing the Sonneborn-Berger score
  • For crashes and unfinished games, see the official adjudication rules here
  • Engine versions may be updated between stages

Stage 1:

  • Start date: Nov. 23
  • Round robin
  • 16 engines
  • 4xRR: Each engine plays every other engine four times (twice as White, twice as Black)
  • 480 games
  • Ponder: off
  • No opening book
  • Expected duration: 24 days

Stage 2:

  • Starts after stage one
  • Round robin
  • Top eight engines from stage one
  • 12xRR: Each engine plays every other engine 12 times (six as White, six as Black)
  • 336 games
  • Ponder: off
  • Opening book: six-ply book selected from top master and popular Chess.com games; all openings chosen by Chess.com tournament staff
  • Openings reversed the second time each engine plays each other.
  • Expected duration: 17 days

Stage 3 (Finals):

  • Starts after stage two
  • Round robin
  • Top four engines from stage two
  • 48xRR: Each engine plays every other engine 48 times (24 as White, 24 as Black)
  • 288 games
  • Ponder: off
  • Opening book: six-ply book selected from top master and popular Chess.com games; all openings chosen by Chess.com tournament staff
  • Openings reversed the second time each engine plays each other.
  • Expected duration: 14 days

Technical Specifications:

The CCC will run on cutting-edge technology.

CPU engines:

  • CPUs: 2 x Intel Xeon Platinum 8168 @ 2.70 GHz 33 MB L3
  • Threads: 90 threads with HT on
  • 8192 MB hash
  • RAM: 256GB DDR4-2666 ECC Registered RDIMM
  • SSD: 2x Crucial MX300 (1TB) in RAID1
  • OS: Windows Server 2016

GPU engines:

  • GPU: 4x Tesla V100 (64 GB GPU memory)
  • CPU: Intel Xeon CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30 GHz
  • Cores: 16 physical (32 virtual)
  • RAM: 256 GB

Who are you rooting for in the Computer Championship Rapid Redux? 

Let us know in the comments and watch at www.Chess.com/ccc

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