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Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:35 am
by BrendanJNorman
Hey guys,

Just trying to compile a list of the engines that play in the most beautiful, positional, aggressive, human-like etc styles.

You guys are the experts...let me know if I've missed any. :wink:
  • Zappa Mexico Dissident Aggressor
    Komodo Kinghunter
    Deep Fritz 10
    Frenzee (Capablanca-like play in my opinion)
    Hiarcs 8 Bareev
    Deep Junior 7
    Prodeo (numerous great personalities)
    WChess 1.6
    Zarkov
    Wasp (a new fav)
    Toga 3.1.2 Checkov
    Nimzo
    Tao 5.6
    Thinker (a few versions I love)
    ZChess 2.00
    Rybka Winfinder 2.2
    King 3.23 Tribute
    Vitruvius 0.84b
    Ktulu 5.1
    Phalanx
    Critter 0.70
    Rhetoric (material at 50)
    Hiarcs 2007 Paderborn
    Shredder 7.04
    Gandalf 4.32
    Gambit Tiger 2.0
    Rodent II Henny/Remy
    DisasterArea Cognac
    Gambit Fruit Cognac
    Twisted Logic Cognac
    Nejmet
    Maverick 1.0 (nice aggression in several types of position)
    Little Goliath Evolution
Clearly I'm a guy who cares more for style than strength.

There are also a handful of personalities I am working on but still testing.

Have I missed any great current or historial engines in my list (which is in random order I should mention)? :lol:

Re: Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:34 am
by Alexander Schmidt
BrendanJNorman wrote:Have I missed any great current or historial engines in my list (which is in random order I should mention)? :lol:
Definitely missing are Gothmog and Muse, both playing real positional sacrifices. My favourite is Amyan with a very balanced Karpov style.

Re: Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:10 pm
by carldaman
Nice list, Brendan - I would have added Amyan but Alexander beat me to it. :)

At the higher end of the spectrum, let's not forget about Hakkapeliitta and SmarThink. Also, I'd mention Alfil 15.07, ok, maybe less original than most, but just look at the style - it is one of the most brutal attacking engine players out there. Chiron is also a fine attacker and Hannibal's earlier versions could play quite speculatively at times. Fizbo can be a wild attacker, too, if you take a look at earlier versions rated between roughly 2800-2900.

I think Komodo 10 can also be tweaked into a modern kinghunter mode, if you know what I mean. :) Just play around with those parameters...

Further down the rating list I'd have a look at Gaia. I haven't had much time to test it, but it has an interesting reputation as a more strategic player. Also, earlier versions of Ares were supposed to be more human-like.

EDIT: CSTal deserves a mention here as well. :)

Cheers,
CL
BrendanJNorman wrote:Hey guys,

Just trying to compile a list of the engines that play in the most beautiful, positional, aggressive, human-like etc styles.

You guys are the experts...let me know if I've missed any. :wink:
  • Zappa Mexico Dissident Aggressor
    Komodo Kinghunter
    Deep Fritz 10
    Frenzee (Capablanca-like play in my opinion)
    Hiarcs 8 Bareev
    Deep Junior 7
    Prodeo (numerous great personalities)
    WChess 1.6
    Zarkov
    Wasp (a new fav)
    Toga 3.1.2 Checkov
    Nimzo
    Tao 5.6
    Thinker (a few versions I love)
    ZChess 2.00
    Rybka Winfinder 2.2
    King 3.23 Tribute
    Vitruvius 0.84b
    Ktulu 5.1
    Phalanx
    Critter 0.70
    Rhetoric (material at 50)
    Hiarcs 2007 Paderborn
    Shredder 7.04
    Gandalf 4.32
    Gambit Tiger 2.0
    Rodent II Henny/Remy
    DisasterArea Cognac
    Gambit Fruit Cognac
    Twisted Logic Cognac
    Nejmet
    Maverick 1.0 (nice aggression in several types of position)
    Little Goliath Evolution
Clearly I'm a guy who cares more for style than strength.

There are also a handful of personalities I am working on but still testing.

Have I missed any great current or historial engines in my list (which is in random order I should mention)? :lol:

Re: Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:27 pm
by Henk
Which style do you mean.

This website mentions a few:

http://www.chesspersonality.com/

Re: Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:48 pm
by Vinvin
+ the old Spark/Bright
+ the recent Hakkapeliitta

Re: Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:17 pm
by Sergio Martinez
The old Comet A90. In my opinion a unique style.

Re: Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:49 pm
by fern
You like Amyan?
Curious.
The author is Chilean like me, I do not know if he finished his engineering studies. Curiously too, I have played Amyan...

Fern

Re: Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 8:29 pm
by Robert Flesher
BrendanJNorman wrote:Hey guys,

Just trying to compile a list of the engines that play in the most beautiful, positional, aggressive, human-like etc styles.

You guys are the experts...let me know if I've missed any. :wink:
  • Zappa Mexico Dissident Aggressor
    Komodo Kinghunter
    Deep Fritz 10
    Frenzee (Capablanca-like play in my opinion)
    Hiarcs 8 Bareev
    Deep Junior 7
    Prodeo (numerous great personalities)
    WChess 1.6
    Zarkov
    Wasp (a new fav)
    Toga 3.1.2 Checkov
    Nimzo
    Tao 5.6
    Thinker (a few versions I love)
    ZChess 2.00
    Rybka Winfinder 2.2
    King 3.23 Tribute
    Vitruvius 0.84b
    Ktulu 5.1
    Phalanx
    Critter 0.70
    Rhetoric (material at 50)
    Hiarcs 2007 Paderborn
    Shredder 7.04
    Gandalf 4.32
    Gambit Tiger 2.0
    Rodent II Henny/Remy
    DisasterArea Cognac
    Gambit Fruit Cognac
    Twisted Logic Cognac
    Nejmet
    Maverick 1.0 (nice aggression in several types of position)
    Little Goliath Evolution
Clearly I'm a guy who cares more for style than strength.

There are also a handful of personalities I am working on but still testing.

Have I missed any great current or historial engines in my list (which is in random order I should mention)? :lol:

Nice to see my Dissident Aggressor settings made the list, but also at the top. Who could ask for more? :wink:

Re: Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:20 am
by enrico
Nimzo 99, Rebel 12 and Chess Tiger 12.0.

Hiarcs 7 DOS also had a very interesting style (very seat-of-the-pants to watch...)

-elc.

Re: Engines with Fantastic Style List

Posted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:49 pm
by schack
Can anyone recommend some 'weaker' (2400, 2200, 2000, 1800) engines, preferably UCI, that exhibit good style?