Monday, September 29, 2008

First match in China

Today we had our first match of the competition. To explain, for those who might not know, I (Chris) am in China for the Computer Olympiad and a related conference. The olympiad is a setting for computer programs to compete against each other in various games like Chess, checkers, backgammon, go, etc. For the last year I have been working on a program that plays 8-ball (pool/billiards). This is the first time for us to compete in the competition, and even the first time to compete against other people's programs. There are 4 programs total competing. Today we had a 20 game match against one of the other programs (Elix), and were able to win 16 of the 20 games. That was a successful start and definitely a good sign. Tomorrow we will have our first match against the 2 time defending champion, Pickpocket. That will be a better test of where we really are. We also are planning on visiting Beijing, so hopefully I will have some fun pictures.

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