About the challenge

The inner workings of a Chess bot's mind are a fascinating realm of computational strategy, where algorithms and calculations replace the complex cognitive processes of a human player. In this unique domain, the quest for creating a "good" or "bad" algorithm becomes an engaging challenge, blending the worlds of research and engineering.

In this Python-driven competition designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, participants embark on a week-long journey to unravel the mysteries of Chess bot intelligence. Equipped with a code skeleton, unit tests, and a captivating twist, they delve deep into the heart of artificial intelligence and chess strategy.

The core question at the heart of this competition is: What makes a Chess bot excel or falter in its decision-making? Participants will explore various facets of this question, including algorithmic efficiency, board evaluation functions, opening book strategies, and endgame techniques. They'll need to balance the delicate trade-off between computational power and strategic depth, striving to strike the perfect equilibrium that defines a "good" algorithm.

Throughout the competition, participants will leverage their programming skills to fine-tune their bots. Participants will experiment with different machine learning methods and heuristics to create a bot that can think many moves ahead and work effieciently in a timely manner. 

Sponsored by, this competition will offer a chance for participants to showcase their skills live. After evaluation, the top performing bots will compete in a tournament-style competition, broadcasted live on the Collegiate Chess League Twitch channel.


What to Submit

You will submit a chess bot given a code skeleton. More details will be provided closer to the event launch.

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Pengyu Hong

Pengyu Hong
Professor at Brandeis University

Ephraim Zimmerman

Ephraim Zimmerman
Junior at Brandeis University

Jonne Sälevä

Jonne Sälevä
PhD Student at Brandeis University

Pito Salas

Pito Salas
Professor at Brandeis University

Judging Criteria

  • Style and Practice
    Judges will determine that the tournament winners created a fair and acceptable program that doesn't directly copy online resources or public projects. They will also evaluate the solutions and provide feedback on style and method.

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