Komodo v Houdini TCEC Superfinal Game 77
The TCEC Superfinal between two 3200+ rated engines Komodo and Houdini is scheduled for 100 games. 82 are complete with 13 wins for Houdini and 7 for Komodo. Only 3 of the 20 decisive games were wins for Black. The shortest of these is analyzed below. It features a closed position in which, historically, chess engines have struggled to develop a winning plan. Houdini accomplishes this with a slow but steady increase in the evaluation score on almost every move. The game lacks the tactical fireworks often associated with engines but instead, shows us deep strategic sophistication, a parallel with the 1/2 mile deep canyon in the photo.