International Conference on Research in Mind Games

August 7-8, 2018 at the EGC in Pisa, Italy

Download: Call for Papers

Both original and review papers are welcome from all fields of research in mind games. In particular, from mathematics, computer science and social sciences.

The conference will take place during the 62nd European Go Congress and the 1st World Mind Sport Championship in Pisa. It will cover all mind games, e.g. Chess, Draughts, Shogi, Bridge, Amazons, Poker, Backgammon, Blokus etc.

Keynote Lecture:

Gian-Carlo Pascutto,

head of the Leela Zero project, an open source project following Google’s Alpha Zero.


August 7, 2018

19.30h Social dinner: Location and further details will be announced. Please also note that dinner  expenses are not included in the registration fee.

August 8, 2018

10.00h Registration
10.15h Welcome

10.30h Keynote Lecture:
Gian-Carlo Pascutto (Leela Town, Belgium): Trends and Observations in Computer Go
11.15h Discussion

11.30h Talk 1: Peter Duersch (Heidelberg, Germany):Measuring Skill and Chance in Games
12.00h Talk 2: Laura-Augustina Avram (Cluj-Napoca, Romania):Some Cognitive Biases during Go-Playing
12.30h Talk 3: Marc Oliver Rieger (Trier, Germany): Multidimensional Success Measures in Tournaments Increase Participation through Hedonic Framing
13.00h Lunch break

14.30h Special Lecture:
Petr Baudiš (Prague, Czechia): On Pattern Recognition in Go and on Detecting Playing Strength and Style

15.00h Talk 4: Richard Lorentz (Los Angeles, USA): Ten Years of Programming MCTS in a Number of Different Games
15.30h Talk 5: Ingo Althöfer (Jena, Germany): Computer-assisted Play in Chess, Shogi, and Go
16.00h Talk 6: Andrea Carta / Mario Cosolini (Italy): Video Kifu, with Demonstration and A static method for computing the score of a Go game

16.30h Closing, coffee break

16.45h – 19.30h Human and Computer Pair-Go Demonstration Game, including Leela
17.30h – 19.30h Panel discussion "Teaching Go – challenges and experiences” with Kim Youngsam (twice winner of the European Go Congress, currently building up a European Go boarding school in Jena, Germany), Gusel Surma (Go teacher of the Russian Go Federation), and Dominique Cornuejols (Go teacher from Grenoble, one of the European cities with the highest number of Go playing children). 
The panel discussion is open to all EGC participants.

Participants can take part on an excursion on August 9 (Details will be announced).


Congress Palace, Pisa (Italy), within the European Go Congress 2018 (see

Conference home page:

The papers of the conference will be published online on and

Conference fee:

The conference itself is free of charge, dinner and excursion are not included, participation on further events at the European Go Congress requires registration, see for details.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for Submission of Extended Abstracts (pdf, 1-2 pages): March 31, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 2, 2018
  • Submission of Full papers and updated version of the extended abstracts: June 30, 2018


Main organizers:

Prof. Ingo Althöfer, University of Jena

Prof. Marc Oliver Rieger, University of Trier


Local organizing committee:

Carlo Metta, University of Florence

Prof. Maurizio Parton, University of Chieti-Pescara

Dr. Francesco Potortì, CNR-ISTI, Pisa