Crafty v24.0 vs Houdini 4 Pro 64-bit - Pirc Defense (Chess Engines)

Crafty v24.0 vs Houdini 4 Pro 64-bit - Pirc Defense (Chess Engines)

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Feb 14, 2014, 8:18 AM |
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 This is a game played between two chess engines, namely Crafty v24.0 and Houdini 4 Pro 64-bit. The opening played between these two chess programs was the Pirc Defense Classical System with 5.Be2. It was played with standard time controls 60 minutes with a 15 second increment. The clock times change during the video, and give the viewer an indication of the time spent on each move.  What I found of particular interest between this chess computer battle was the harmonious/human-like position obtained by Houdini 4 Pro 64-bit after move 21. Its stable b4 knight was a great inconvenience to the white queenside and supported nicely by a5, its rooks were centralized on d8/e8 in anticipation of a central break, the bishop and knight were tucked away nicely on c8 and f8 respectively, and there were absolutely no structural deficiencies.