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Computer Game Olympiads

The Computer Game Olympiads were created by David Levy, and have been held annually since 2000. This is a prestigious tournament with many rounds, to give more accurate results, but without any prize money. Many Faces of Go participated in 2004 and 2008. Many Faces of Go finished second in 19x19 go 2004, and won the first prize in 2008 in both 19x19 and 9x9 go.

The Ing World Computer Go Congress

This competition was sponsored by the Ing Wei-Chi Educational Foundation. It started in the mid 80's as a local Taiwanese competition, then went worldwide in 1986. The last competition was in 2001.

The Ing GOE Educational Foundation was founded in 1983 to promote the game of go in Taiwan and internationally, and to promote a new ruleset, known as the SST laws of Wei-Ch'i, or "GOE".

Each year in November about 16 strong computer go programs met in the World Computer Go Contest, sponsored by the Ing Foundation and a local computer company. The contest was held in a different location each year. The main competition between programs was 5 to 7 rounds, held over a 2 day period.

The top three finishers from the previous were automatically invited the next year. In August or September there was a preliminary qualification tournament where programs are mailed to Taiwan and played against 3 test programs. Beating 2 of 3 programs qualifies. Last years first place finisher, and any qualifier that beat last year's winner got a full air fare subsidy. 2nd and 3rd from last year and other qualifiers received 1/2 air fare subsidy. Several local programs were also invited to participate to round out a field of 12 to 16 programs.

Computer vs Computer Prizes:
1st prizeNT$ 200,000 (about US$8,000)
2nd prizeNT$ 40,000
3rd prizeNT$ 20,000

The top program went on to play against humans for additional prizes. The amount of the prize depended on the handicap, and the handicap was reduced after each prize is won. The computer-human games are played against 3 local youth champions, typically amateur 5 ot 6 dans around 12 years old. Beating top pros was a requirement to win the top prizes, but the computers never got past the 8 stone handicap.

The top prize, for beating a top professional in a best of 7 series, is NT$40,000,000, about US$1.6 million. This year's match against the humans will be 2 out of 3, with a 10 play handicap, for NT$250,000. The top prize is only offered through the year 2000.

Computer vs Human Prizes:

Handicap MovesGamesPrize (NT$)
Even 4 of 740,000,000
First Play 3 of 520,000,000
One Move 2 of 310,000,000
Two Moves 2 of 35,000,000
Three Moves 2 of 32,000,000
Four Moves 2 of 31,000,000
Five Moves 2 of 3850,000
Six Moves 2 of 3700,000
Seven Moves 2 of 3550,000
Eight Moves 2 of 3400,000
Ten Moves 2 of 3250,000Won by Handtalk in 1997
Twelve Moves 2 of 3200,000Won by Handtalk in 1995
Fourteen Moves 2 of 3150,000Won by Handtalk in 1995
Sixteen Moves 2 of 3100,000Won by Goliath in 1991

Programs must play using GOE rules, with an 8 point komi. Ing's time purchasing system is used, with a one hour time limit. Each program must complete all its moves within one hour of clock time. At 1 hour, it gives up 2 points, at 1:10, 2 more points, at 1:20 two more points, and at 1:30 it loses on time. Mirror go is not allowed past move 60. The judge is allowed to determine the outcome of the game if it is obvious after move 250.

The FOST Cup

There were five FOST Cups sponsored by the Fusion of Science and Technology organization. They took place every August or September, in Tokyo, with a 2 million yen first prize (about $20,000), 500,000 yen second prize, and 200,000 yen 3rd prize.

Games were played using Japanese rules, with a 5.5 point komi. Each program is allowed 1 hour for 125 moves. Programs are encouraged to use the standard computer go protocol to communicate.

The Computer Game Olympiads

The Computer Game Olympiads were organized by  by David Levy, and ran from 1989 to 1992, and from 2000 to the present. Many Faces of Go finished second in 2004, and first in 2008. Click here for 2008 19x19 go results.

Garosu Cup

The Garosu Cup competition was held in Korea in 2001.

The Intelligent Go Foundation

The Intelligent Go Foundation sponsored yearly computer go tournaments in 2001 and 2002. Many Faces of Go finished first in 2002. Click here for 2002 results.

Gifu Challenge World Computer Go Championship (2003 to 2005)

Many Faces of Go finished second in 2005. Click here for 2005 results.

KGS Computer Go Tournaments

Nick Wedd has organized monthly computer go tournaments on KGS since March 2005. Many Faces of Go finished first in September and October 2008. Click here for results.


Results

I include all programs that have participated more than once, or that finished in the top 5 places. Order is by rating, which is a weighted average of results, with each year weighted 2/3 of the year after it. For determining the rating, missing results are interpolated, and programs that have not participated recently are penalized one rank per year.
87 - Ing, Taipei, Taiwan
88 - Ing, Taipei, Taiwan
89 - Ing, Taipei, Taiwan
89o - 1st Computer Olympiad, London, England
90 - Ing, Beijing, China
91 - Ing, Singapore
92 - Ing, Tokyo, Japan
93 - Ing, Chendu, China
94 - Ing, Taipei, Taiwan
95F - 1st FOST Cup, Tokyo, Japan
95I - Ing, Seoul, Korea
96F - 2nd FOST Cup, Tokyo, Japan
96I - Ing, Guangzhou, China
97F - 3rd FOST Cup, Nagoya, Japan
97I - Ing, San Francisco, USA
98F - 4th FOST Cup, Tokyo, Japan
98I - Ing, London, England
99C - CGF tournament, Tokyo, Japan
99F - 5th FOST Cup, Tokyo, Japan
99I - Ing, Shanghai, China
00M - Mind Sports Olympiad, London, England
00I - Ing, Guiyang, China
01G - Garosu Cup, Seoul, Korea
01I - Intelligent Go Foundation, Pennsylvania, USA
02I - Inelligent Go Foundation, Edmonton, Canada

Programmer Country Program 87 88 89o 89 90 91 92 93 94 95F 95I 96F 96I 97F 97I 98F 98I 99C 99F 99I 00M 00I 01G 01I Rating
ZhiXing ChenChinaHandtalk/Goemate -----621311 111114 372121- 1.9
Michael ReissEnglandGo4++10--------22 243223 1212331 2.1
Ryuichi KawaJapanHaruka ----------- ------ 24--642 3.2
Lei XiuyuChinaWulu ----------- -8--32 566-153 3.8
David Fotland USAThe Many Faces of Go48-7-1064234 3510441 634-824 4.0
Ken ChenTaiwan/USAGo Intellect -5432213143 422365 1388-4-7 5.9
Yong-Goo ParkKoreaFun Go ----------- --86148 454-76- 6.6
Tristan CazenaveFranceGogol/Golois ----------- 12-5-116 --1112-109 9.5
Oishi YasuoJapanGoro ---------7- 5-13-8- 1710----- 9.7
Hiroshi YamashitaJapanAya ----------- 16-7-17- 10-769-10 10.0
Jee WonhoKoreaGo Master -----9----- -627-1014 11910--10- 10.8
Alfred KnopfleGermanyModgo--6--8-56-- ---5-- ------- 11.3
Martin MuellerSwitzerland Explorer--14713-8--6 8-1282013 12----1011 11.5
Shinichi SeiJapanKatsunari ----------- 13-19-13- 15-9-1110- 11.7
Janusz KraszekPolandStar of Poland943635524-- --47-- ------- 12.9
Bruno BouzyFranceIndigo ----------- --- --10 24-1310--- 13.2
Yan Shi-JinTaiwanJimmy ---------9- 679-57 812 ----- 13.9
Tei MeikouJapanYoung leaf----------- --21-7- 911----- 12.5
Masahiro TanakaJapanBiwako ----------- 10-6--- 1914----- 16.5
Kao Kuo YuanTaiwan/USAStone-7510-7-65-5 -311--- ------- -
Chung Ho LeeKoreaSason-----9-107-7 -9---- ------- -
Mark BoonNetherlandsGoliath7321113---- ------ ------- -
Japanese AI TeamJapanGOG------4---- ------ ------- -
Dong-Yue LiuTaiwanDragon2281243----- ------ ------- -
T. YoshikawaJapanDai Honinbo ----914813-11- ------ ------- -
Noriaki Sanechica JapanIgo-10-564----- --18-16- ------- -
Bruce WilcoxUSANemesis511-25117---- ------ ------- -
Lee Chong-CheolKoreaBig Stone ----------8 17----- ------- -
Y.TakahisaJapanMutsuki ---------8- 7-16-29- ------- -
Saito KoichiJapanIgo Meijin ---------14- 19----- ------- -
Tabuchi TakuoJapanTakuchan ---------6- 9-29-26- ------- -
Toshikazu SatoJapanTokyo '98--------95- 14-26-30- ------- -
Horii TsuneoJapanUtoro ---------6- 18-31-27- ------- -
Tetsuya WakamatsuJapanTwigo32 ----------- 11-28-32- ------- -
K. HayashiJapanCodan-1--------- ------ ------- -
Loh-Tsi WangTaiwanFriday1---------- ------ ------- -
Kaihu ChenTaiwanPeanut3---------- ------ ------- -
Allan ScarfEnglandMicrogo II6137-------- ------ ------- -
Chang Sheng ShuTaiwanMagic Go--1213------- ------ ------- -


In the 1998 Fost Cup, Silver Igo finshed first, and Hamlet finished second, but they were both later disqualified for plagiarizing Handtalk.
Please mail me if you have results before 1987 or complete results from 90 or 92, or more Computer Olympiad results.

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