THE SA Open at UWC ends today. As predicted Serbian GM Alexa Strikova was in the lead going into the final three rounds at the time of writing. Only IM Watu Kobese has been able to match his score – seven out of eight. Daniel Cawdery is half-a-point behind.
There was a time when computers were allowed to play in South African tournaments – with limited success.
Computer engines now are far too powerful.
The 22nd World Computer Chess Championship started on June 27. Six programs participated in a double round robin tournament of 10 rounds.
The tournament took place at the Leiden University.
The reigning 21st World Computer Chess Champion was the program Jonny, written and operated by Johannes Zwanzger, Germany.
Jonny was running on 2400 AMD x86 cores, its main challengers Komodo and Shredder ran on 48 and 32 Intel cores respectively.
Komodo’s stiffest competition came from Jonny, running on a giant 2400-core machine. With only 48 cores the US program Komodo finished the tournament equal first with Jonny, then went on to win a hard-fought tiebreak, making it the 22nd World Computer Chess Champion. The tournament ended in a tie for first, with both Komodo and Jonny scoring 7.5/10 points.
The rules required a play-off to determine the new champion.
Two games were played, both ending in draws, in 53 and 65 moves.
The second play-off saw playing times reduced to five minutes for the game, plus a five seconds increment per move.
Again the outcome was 1-1 (two draws). Thus a third play-off had to be played.
The first game ended in a draw, and the second game was a win for Komodo.
Komodo’s rating? Well over 3 000.
Google DeepMind is a British artificial intelligence company founded in 2010. South African Elon Musk has invested in two major AI firms, Vicarious and DeepMind Technologies, the latter of which was acquired by Google.
“Dramatic advances in artificial intelligence are opening up a range of exciting new applications”, said Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman, co-founders of DeepMind Technologies.