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Monday, September 19, 2011

Komodo3 Engine

Komodo3 by IM Larry Kaufman & Don Dailey is worth keeping an eye on!  As of now there is only a single processor version but a dual processor version is scheduled to be released before the end of the year.  I had problems with the last release…it kept crashing on my new laptop but so far I have not had any problems with the new version.
Chess2u has been running an “Interzonal” consisting of the top 10 rated programs that were seeded by rating and 8 others that were “invited” through qualifying tournaments. Unfortunately Houdini 2.0 and Komodo 3 are not included in the tournament because they were released after the start of the tournament.

So far, after 8 rounds, the standings are:
6.5 Stockfish (with a bye)
6.5 Critter
6.0 Houdini
5.5 Ivanhoe (with a bye)
5.5 Tactico
5.0 Deep Shredder
5.0 Spark
4.5 Igorrit (with a bye)
4.5 Deep Rybka
4.5 Hiarcs
Komodo64 2.03JA (the one I had trouble with…it kept crashing on my laptop) apparently started off well but then lost 3 games in a row. So it now stands in 20th place with 2.5 – 5.5.
In a quick test I ran consisting to two 10 minutes games against Houdini 1.5 x64, Komodo3 scored one win and one loss.  Here is a game between Komodo3 and Houdini 1.5a x64 played at 120m/40+60m/20+30m that was taken from the Chess2u site:

1 comment:

  1. It may fail on tactical positions at times, but it seems to have a better handle on positional chess. They were one of the chess pioneers when they came out with a program called Socrates many years ago. Roughly about the time when Chessmaster 3 came out (I think. Could be even earlier than that.)