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Rybka and Houdini are meeting again in Division A of the Thoresen Chess Engines Competition. The division includes the best microprocessor-based chess programs in the world, including Stockfish, Ivanhoe, Critter, and Shredder. This is season 2 of the tournament. Houdini won season 1 by soundly defeating Rybka in the final head-to-head match.
You can watch the divisional games here.
What do you think of Critter 1.6a
Has he some strong points?
The forty-game Elite Match between Houdini and Rybka has just concluded. Once again, Houdini was the victor, this time by four points. Early in the match, Rybka was actually up by three games, but Houdini was able to close the gap and finally go ahead.
For a complete replay of all the games (and their associated pgn files) go here.
Same bet as last time? I'll take the fish.
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Division A ended in a tie between Rybka and Houdini.
They will now face each other in the Elite Match, a head-to-head contest that begins on April 12. Winner of this match will determine the overall champion for season 2.
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So then does that mean we could see some off beat openings like a kings gambit or some other type of opening not seen at the GM level (like 1. b4?)
Here's the word on that from the official site:
"All opening moves are randomly fetched from a PGN master file which contains 9.106 different openings that are fixed to 10 moves / 20 plies. They have been picked from GM games (~91%) where at least one player is above 2690 ELO, high profile computer chess games (~6%) and high profile correspondence chess (~3%). All the openings have been automatically analyzed by a top engine on a dual-core laptop for approximately 24 seconds. If you want to know the ECO distribution you can click here. Some openings are very even out of book or even slightly favoring black, but the majority of the openings are normal in the sense that white has a decent position."
Seems our silicone friends honor our Spanish preist with their opening choice!
Just as a note...The engines don't actually select the openings. To inject variety, the openings are selected randomly from a list. When the same engines face each other again with colors reversed, they will use the same opening that they used in their first game.
so much for the thought that GM chess was making 1.d4 the way ahead for chess. Seems our silicone friends honor our Spanish preist with their opening choice!
In their first meeting of the Division A tournament, Rybka and Houdini fought to a draw. Here's the game.
Thanks Amy! This is awesome!
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