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    Thursday
    Jul052018

    Stockfish Wins TCEC Season 12 Superfinal over Komodo, 60-40

    It started off competitively, but it didn't end that way. Stockfish 180614 (i.e. the June 14, 2018 development version) drubbed Komodo 12.1.1 by a 60-40 score, 29-9 in decisive games to take the TCEC season 12 title. (All the games from this season, and previous seasons as well, can be found and downloaded from here.)

    Stockfish is still the engine to beat - at least among those running on the sorts of hardware we "regular" people have access to. Congrats to the Stockfish developers, and thanks to them for keeping it free!

    Wednesday
    May162018

    Komodo 12 Available

    I'm not shilling for them, and probably shouldn't even write these posts. But I feel bad for people who have bought a one-year subscription for the Komodo engine and never get notified when they make the latest upgrade available, so here's your notice: Komodo 12 was released a week or so ago.

    How will it fare against Stockfish and Houdini? We should get a glimpse fairly soon, as the penultimate preliminary stage of TCEC Season 12 is around 2/3 finished.

    Sunday
    Apr152018

    The Pounding Ends: Stockfish Beats Houdini 59-41 in the TCEC Season 11 Superfinal

    That's 20-2 in decisive games. One of Houdini's two wins came in the revenge game for a 3...Be7 Tarrasch French, so one can blame that on the opening, and the other win was a 95-move win on the white side of a Dutch...so you can also blame that one on the opening. (No doubt the Stockfish programmers have been hard at work figuring out how they didn't manage to win their white game against the Dutch.)

    Those were Houdini's high points, all two of them. Stockfish won 20 games, 13 with White and an impressive 7 with Black. (My two favorites were games 31, its white win in the 3...Be7 Tarrasch French; and game 81, which bore a little resemblance to the sorts of games it lost to Alpha Zero a few months back.) There were many other games where Stockfish had the upper hand, and it wasn't clear whether Houdini would manage to save them. So as convincing as the victory was, it could have been even worse.

    Congratulations to the Stockfish team, and I hope Houdini's programmer Robert Houdart doesn't wait a year or two to make improvements, but springs back into action as soon as real life permits. (Likewise, I hope the Komodo team makes some big improvements as well.) Stockfish is doing great, but if they don't feel any pressure they might slacken the pace.

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    Tuesday
    Apr032018

    Stockfish *Really* Pounding Houdini in the TCEC Season 11 Superfinal

    This is amazing: in the last 10 games, Stockfish has won six, three with each color, and is crushing Houdini 19.5-10.5 in the TCEC Season 11 Superfinal. At the moment, Stockfish is in a class by itself.

    Monday
    Apr022018

    TCEC Superfinal: Stockfish Pounding Houdini

    Three cheers for open source software, as Stockfish is clubbing Houdini so far with an undefeated 14.5-9.5 lead. 76 games remain in the TCEC Season 11 Superfinal.

    Wednesday
    Mar282018

    Stockfish vs. Houdini in the TCEC 11 Superfinal

    The coming match between Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano Caruana wasn't the only world championship final set this week; the unofficial but de facto world computer chess championship finalists have been set as well. The latest development version of Stockfish came in first in the last of the preliminary stages of the Top Chess Engine Championship, scoring 61/84 and finishing with a plus score against all the other engines. It lost a game to Komodo in the first cycle (on the black side of a Botvinnik System, which is an eminently loseable line for any finite entity lacking access to a massive opening book); it eventually avenged itself twice over. It also defeated the runner-up, Houdini, in a single game, drawing the rest. The other five engines were obliterated by Stockfish.

    As for Houdini, it also performed well. It came in clear second with 54.5 points, losing only the one game to Stockfish and beating Komodo three times. Houdini and Stockfish will face off in the Superfinal starting sometime on Thursday.

    Komodo was the odd engine out, scoring 51.5 points. In addition to its losses to its main competitors, it also lost a game to one of the other engines - to Andscacs. (Which is not to say that it had a minus score to it - Komodo beat it six times in the other 11 games.)

    In fourth place was Fire with 42.5, barely achieving a plus score, and the next engine down was Chiron with 36. Andscacs scored 35, Fizbo 31, and Ginkgo came in last with 24.5. 

    By my (possibly slightly inaccurate) count, the big three beat the bottom five 83-1 in decisive games. Seriously, TCEC people, it's time for a three engine or four engine final.

    Tuesday
    Dec262017

    Stockfish Wins TCEC Season 10 Rapid

    The 46-round, 24-engine double round-robin rapid TCEC event finished earlier tonight, and Stockfish took clear first with 40/46, half a point ahead of Houdini. Houdini went undefeated and saddled Stockfish with its only loss, but still came up just short. The third super-power, Komodo, also lost only one game - to Stockfish - but finished four points out of first with 36 points. The best of the rest was Fire, which lost four games and finished with 33.5, two and a half points ahead of the next finisher.

    The same suspects are doing it all over again now, but in a battle for the TCEC blitz championship.

    Friday
    Dec082017

    TCEC Season 10: Rapid Competition

    The TCEC's main event is over, but now they're having a rapid competition as well. The first preliminary stage is underway, and the live action is available at the usual site.

    Saturday
    Nov112017

    TCEC Season 10 is Underway

    I'd been checking in regularly, but somehow missed the first stage of season 10 of the Top Chess EngineCompetition (TCEC). It's still early on, in the preliminaries, and it can be followed live, here. (To access the first stage, and the games from all the previous seasons, check out their archives.) It's a pity that Stockfish isn't being represented by the asmFish version, but no doubt it will still be strongly competitive with Komodo and Houdini, as usual.

    Thursday
    Nov102016

    And Then There's Still That *Other* World Championship (Or Two)

    The superfinal of the 9th seasons of the Top Chess Engine Competition (or TCEC, which was also the initialism for its original name, the Thoresen Chess Engines Competition) starts one hour after the beginning of the Carlsen-Karjakin match. It will run a wee bit longer though - it's a best-of-100 contest between the latest iterations of Stockfish and Houdini for computer chess supremacy...at least until season 10 starts sometime next year.

    The website for all the action is, as usual, this one.

    Also, as some of you know the TCEC crew ran a rapid event with all the season 9 engines after the penultimate stage fo the main event, and the big three - Houdini, Komodo, and Stockfish all went undefeated and went 1-2-3, with Houdini the surprise winner with an enormous score of 56/62. Komodo took second with 53 points, and Stockfish finished a further half a point behind.