Live Now: Predict Computer Chess Championship To Win Cash Prizes
The air is cold but the chess is hot in the Computer Chess Championship.

Live Now: Predict Computer Chess Championship To Win Cash Prizes

pete
pete
Feb 21, 2019, 8:06 PM |
51 | Chess.com News

As the Computer Chess Championship moves into its next stage, an exciting new feature gives viewers the ability to predict each game's results to win cash and membership prizes. The championship will also be covered by a series of broadcast streams hosted by various Chess.com masters, including IM Lawrence Trent and NM James Canty on Twitch.tv/chess.

You can vote and follow the always-running Computer Chess Championship:

CCC 6: Winter Classic will begin its second stage this Sunday, Feb. 24, with the top 12 chess engines remaining in the tournament. Beginning in stage two, viewers can click the "Vote" tab before each game to predict a win for White, a draw, or a win for Black. Voters must make their selections during a two-minute period at the start of the game. 

The top guessers by both volume and accuracy will win cash and membership prizes. See the full prize breakdown below

Computer Chess Championship

CCC 6: Winter Classic, currently underway in stage one, will advance to the elimination stage this Sunday afternoon. The top eight-scoring engines in stage one will join four pre-qualified engines in a cascading round-robin format this weekend.

The pre-qualified engines were selected before the tournament for their strength and past performance:

  • Stockfish
  • Lc0
  • Houdini
  • Komodo

Joining these four championship-caliber engines will be eight challengers from stage one. While the stage is currently in progress, favorites to advance through to the next round are Fire, Lc0 (Antifish), Lc0 (Leelenstein), Lco-Dev and Ethereal.

Visit the Computer Chess Championship and click on the "Standings" tab to see which eight engines are set to advance.

Prediction Prizes:

Total prize pool: $1,000.

Predict game outcomes for CCC 6: stage two only to win prizes. 

Most correct guesses (total):

  • 1st place: $300 and a two-year Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 2nd place: $150 and a one-year Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 3rd place: $50 and a three-month Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 4th-10th places: three-month Chess.com Diamond membership

Most accurate guesses (minimum participation 10 percent of all games)

  • 1st place: $300 and a two-year Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 2nd place: $150 and a one-year Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 3rd place: $50 and a three-month Chess.com Diamond membership
  • 4th-10th places: three-month Chess.com Diamond membership

Broadcast Schedule:

Exact match-ups are tentative.

Watch all shows live at www.Twitch.tv/Chess

  • Sun, Feb 24, 12 p.m. PST: Lc0 vs Stockfish
  • Sun, Feb 24, 12:45 p.m. PST: Stockfish vs Lc0
  • Sun, Feb 24, 1:30 p.m. PST: Komodo vs 12-seed
  • Sun, Feb 24, 2:15 p.m. PST: 12-seed vs Komodo
  • Wed, Feb 27, 1 p.m. PST: Komodo vs Houdini
  • Wed, Feb 27, 1:45 p.m. PST: Houdini vs Komodo
  • Wed, Feb 27, 2:30 p.m. PST: Antifish vs Stockfish
  • Wed, Feb 27, 3:15 p.m. PST: Stockfish vs Antifish
  • Sun, Mar 3, 5 p.m. PST: Antifish vs Leelenstein
  • Sun, Mar 3, 5:45 p.m. PST: Leelenstein vs Antifish
  • Sun, Mar 3, 6:30 p.m. PST: Lc0 vs Stockfish
  • Sun, Mar 3, 7:15 p.m. PST: Stockfish vs Lco

Stage Two Details:

  • Engines: 12
  • Format: 6x round-robin
  • Games: 396
  • Time control: 10 + 10
  • Scheduled start date: Feb. 24
  • Scheduled end date: March 7
  • Opening book: Short opening book selected by Chess.com
  • Endgame tablebases: On
  • Top two engines advance to finals

Selected Games and PGN:

In this selected game, Ethereal needed just 28 moves to checkmate Schooner, which is practically a scholar's mate in computer chess.

Komodo Monte Carlo showed its endgame skills, grinding out a win against Andscacs in what could be the textbook definition of patience with an advantage in chess.

Follow the always-running Computer Chess Championship:

Who do you think will win the Computer Chess Championship? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to vote on the games at the CCC main site. 

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