Gomocup 2023 Announcement

Published by Kai Sun at Mar 19, 2023

Hello, all Gomocup fans!
We would like to inform you about some details of the coming Gomocup. Gomocup 2023 will take place from June 9th to June 11th, 2023. The submission deadline is June 2nd, 2023, at 11:59 pm UTC. 
In Gomocup 2023, all AIs are required to be compatible with Windows 11 and Windows 10, including the corresponding server versions such as Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server 2022.
In addition to the classical freestyle, standard, renju, and fastgame tournaments, we will introduce a new caro tournament this year. The caro tournament adopts the standard caro rule where the winner must have an unbroken row of exactly five stones that is not blocked at both ends (i.e., neither oxxxxxo nor xxxxxx is a win for x) on a 15x15 board. The tournament manager will send command "INFO rule 9" to inform the rule is standard caro. The memory limit is determined to be 350MB. The default AI size limitation is 8MB. Participants who want to submit an AI larger than 8MB should submit a written explanation to [email protected] explaining the necessity and get approval. One author is allowed to submit only one AI. Time per move/per match will be 5s/120s for fastgame, 300s/1000s for final leagues, and 30s/180s for the rest. For details, you can refer to detail information. Gomocup 2023 will run on CPUs that support up to at least the following instruction sets: SSE4.1, SSE4.2, POPCNT, AVX, and AVX2. If your AI can leverage instruction sets newer than AVX2, you can submit two compilations to us: one compiled for instruction sets up to AVX2, and the other compiled for more advanced instruction sets. We will use the latter if it can be run on the Gomocup's computers. 
Besides the tournaments above that run on the Gomocup's computers, we also plan to continue organizing the unlimited tournament. The unlimited tournament has no limitation on AI size and allows participants to use any hardware (e.g., GPUs) that they have access to. Following Gomoku World Championships, the rule for this tournament is Swap2. No human intervention is allowed, and to enforce that, every participant in this tournament is required to submit to Gomocup the AI program along with a detailed document on how to set up the environment and run the AI so that we can, theoretically, check if games played in this tournament are reproducible. If you are interested in participating in the unlimited tournament, please send us an email ([email protected]) by June 2nd, 2023, at 11:59 pm UTC. The format of the tournament and time per match will be settled based on the number of participants, and the other rules will remain the same as previous years

We require every participant to make submissions via the Gomocup user site and sign a copyright statement. If you encounter any problems or bugs while using the system, feel free to send an email to [email protected].