The 23rd World Computer Chess Championship started on July 3rd, 2017. Four programs as in Table 1 (CPW, 2017) participated in a triple round robin tournament of nine rounds. The tournament took place at Leiden University and was organized by the ICGA, LIACS and LCDS. It was sponsored by Oracle, the municipality of Leiden, Leiden University, its Faculty of Science, the ICGA, iSSC, SurfSara and Digital Game Technology. It was held in conjunction with the 7th World Computer Software Championship, the 20th Computer Olympiad and the 15th Advances in Computer Games conference. The classical tempo of 1h45′+15″/move for both sides was the one adopted.Round 1: Jonny – Komodo ½–½, Chiron – Shredder ½–½Table 1The participants in WCCC 2017In the first round, Jonny and Komodo played their game at a high level. Up to move 13, it was taken from the opening books: thereafter, the strategic lines were laid down. On move 20, White believed it could gain some space on the king side. However Black was well prepared and replied with well-considered counter action. The sacrifice of a pawn was temporary and was meant to open the long diagonal to the white king. But the balance remained undisturbed and many exchanges led to
ICGA Journal – IOS Press
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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