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Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated
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James I



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PostPost subject: Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated    Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:07 pm Reply to topic Reply with quote

vladstamate wrote:
Arena is notoriously known for causing engines to run out of time even though the engine itself would have not on its own.

Make sure you always run tournaments in Arena with time increment.

What is worse, even those for some engines the effect is not that bad (as in they will not lose on time) the fact that Arena "eats" time can adversely influence how strong an engine plays therefore totally skewing any meaningful result.

I long ago gave up on Arena for anything related to deciding how strong an engine it. I still use for other purposes but I am always mindful of this shortcoming.

Regards,
Vlad.


So if you don't like Arena, which other GUI do you recommend for tournaments? Two others I considered but were avoiding were:

1)Winboard 4.4.3. I like the new engine configuration feature, but as far as I can tell, you still have to manually edit the winboard.ini file to install engines.

2)ChessGUI. This one is promising, but a don't like the fact that if you have a Winboard engine that doesn't have an ini or config file, he recommends that you use the wb2uci adaptor. (I absolutely HATE using adaptors. Too much tweaking required.)

Also, it seems that many engines don't really have a problem with losing time in Arena. (Or at least it seems many engines never have time forfeits in Arena.) Could it be that those programmers knwo something others don't know?
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Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated Engin Üstün Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:44 am
      Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated James I Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:55 pm
            Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated Vlad Stamate Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:18 pm
                  Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated James I Fri Jun 18, 2010 7:07 pm
                        Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated Graham Banks Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:28 pm
                              Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated James I Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:13 am
                                    Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated Graham Banks Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:23 am
                                          Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated James I Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:31 am
                  Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated Engin Üstün Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:58 pm
                        Re: Tornado 3.6.5 and EnginMax 5.12a updated James I Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:16 am
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