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TCEC Season 11 press release

fb_tcec_cover_season_10TCEC – the Top Chess Engines Championship –  is a major international chess software championship with the top engines playing on powerful servers at long time controls. After crossing the 1 million page-views mark last season, and being on track to double that this year, TCEC is now bringing the competition to the next level.

TCEC official website / TCEC on Twitch TV

 

TCEC becomes a league

Starting with its 11th season in early 2018, TCEC will adopt a league format consisting of four divisions of eight chess engines. The four divisions will be called the Premier, First, Second and Third Divisions.  Each division will conduct a tournament which will lead to the top two engines in the Premier Division facing off in a 100-game Superfinal for the TCEC seasonal championship.

The league’s mechanics are straightforward. Divisional tournaments will be conducted in sequence from the lowest (Third Division) to the highest (Premier Division). At the end of the Third, Second and First Division tournaments the top two finishers will be promoted to the next-higher division. At the end of the Second, First and Premier Division tournaments the bottom two finishers will be relegated to the next-lower division.

The top two engines of the Premier Division will qualify for a Superfinal, which will consist of 100 games.  The winner will be the season’s Grand Champion.

Third Division engines not qualifying for promotion will all be relegated and make way for a new crop of chess engines in the following season that are in development and meet basic standards.

With this new format TCEC will transition to a rolling championship, with each cycle completed in approximately 3 months time.  Each season’s outcome will reflect the relative strength of the participating engines.

 

TCEC League Structure

Third Division

* 30+10 time control, average game 1 hour in duration.

* 22 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: all-invitational round

* Subsequent roster: bottom two engines from previous Second Division competition + six invitees.

* Top two finishers advance to Second Division competition; bottom six finishers dropped from roster.

* 2x double round-robin (engines play each other 4 times); 28 games each engine, 112 games total

* Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season.

Second Division

* 45+10 time control, average game 1.5 hours in duration.

* 22 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: TCEC S10 engines finishing 13-18 + two qualifiers from Third Division

* Subsequent roster: 3rd-6th finishers in previous Second Division competition + bottom two engines from previous First Division competition + two promotions from Third Division.

* Top two finishers advance to First Division competition; bottom two finishers relegated to Third Division.

* 2x double round-robin (engines play each other 4 times); 28 games each engine, 112 games total

* Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season.

First Division

* 60+10 time control, average game 2 hours in duration.

* 44 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: 7-8th place finishers from Season 10 stage 2, plus 9th-12th finishers from Season 10 stage 1 + two promotions from Second Division.

* Subsequent roster: 3rd-6th finishers in previous First Division competition + bottom two engines from previous Premier Division competition + two promotions from Second Division.

* Top two finishers advance to Premier Division competition; bottom two finishers relegated to Second Division.

* 4x double round-robin (engines play each other 8 times); 56 games each engine, 224 games total.

* Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season.

Premier Division

* 90+10 time control, average game 3 hours in duration.

* 44 CPU cores.

* Initial engine roster: 1st-6th place finishers from Season 10 stage 2 + two promotions from First Division competition.

* Subsequent roster: top six finishers from previous Premier Division competition + top two finishers from First Division.

* Top two Premier Division finishers advance to Superfinal competition; bottom two finishers relegated to First Division.

* 6x double round-robin (engines play each other 12 times); 84 games each engine, 336 games total.

Superfinal

* 120+10 time control

* 44 CPU cores

* Total of 100 games, 50 x2 round robin with reversed colors

* The winner is crowned the TCEC Grand Champion

Start date of TCEC S11

Currently Stage 2 of Season 10 is being played. It will be followed by a Superfinal and additional rapid and blitz stage (see press release here). Season 11 will start soon after that.  Final preparations will be completed during the rapid and blitz competitions.

The TCEC rules

TCEC has always striven to guarantee fairness and equal conditions to all participants.  TCEC’s existing rules, the product of ten seasons of competitive experience, will stay in place for future seasons of the Top Chess Engine Championship.

FAQ about the new season structure

There will be Q & A live video session with the tournament director later this month at the Twitch TV TCEC channel

More on TCEC

For more on the Top Chess Engine Championship, visit the official website where you can talk live to the engine authors, experts in the chess software field, and experienced fans.

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