CCRL update (18th August 2007)

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CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by Graham Banks » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:00 pm

The August 18th update of the CCRL Rating Lists and Statistics is now available for viewing at:
http://www.computerchess.org.uk/ccrl/4040/

The links to the various rating lists can be found just beneath the default Best Versions list.
For example there is a 32-bit Single CPU list.

Our standard testing is at 40 moves in 40 minutes repeating while our current blitz testing is at both 40 moves in 4 minutes repeating and 40 moves in 12 minutes repeating, all adjusted to the AMD64 X2 4600+ (2.4GHz).

Currently active testers in our team are:
Graham Banks, Ray Banks, Shaun Brewer, Kirill Kryukov, Dom Leste, Tom Logan, Andreas Schwartmann, Charles Smith, George Speight, Chris Taylor, Chuck Wilson, Gabor Szots and Martin Thoresen.

A big thanks to all testers as usual for their efforts this week.


40/40 Notes

There currently 69,999 games in our 40/40 database.

Many engines on our list have few games and in many cases their ratings are likely to fluctuate (markedly for some) until a lot more games are played. Therefore no conclusions should be drawn about their strength yet.
To illustrate this point, when an engine has 200 games played, the error margin is still approximately +/-40 ELO, after 500 games +-25 ELO, after 1000 games +-17 ELO and even after 2000 games there is a +-13 ELO error margin!
This of course highlights the importance of looking at other rating lists that are also available in order to draw comparisons and get a more accurate overall picture.


Multi CPU Engines

Rybka 2.3.2a 64-bit 4CPU is a small improvement over Rybka 2.2 64-bit 4CPU.
Interestingly, the improvement is greater on 2CPU.

Zap!Chess Zanzibar 64-bit 4CPU is clearly number 2 ahead of Hiarcs 11.1 4CPU and Naum 2.2 64-bit 4CPU.
Hiarcs 11.2 4CPU is still in the early stages of testing.

The current ratings for Loop M1-T 64-bit 4CPU and 2CPU suggest that there is little gain from the extra two CPU.

Deep Shredder 10 64-bit 4CPU, Deep Fritz 10 4CPU and Deep Junior 10 4CPU, are off the pace.


Single CPU Engines

Rybka 2.3.2a leads the ratings here as well, although by a slightly larger margin.
It also looks like the 64-bit version could make more difference to strength than with previous versions.

Newly released Toga II 1.3.1 is battling it out for second spot with Zap!Chess Zanzibar!
Loop M1-T could well be a threat to both as it gets more games under its belt.

Hiarcs 11.1, Strelka 1.8 and Fritz 10 are the next three in the ranking order, followed by Fruit 051103, Shredder 10 and Toga II 1.3.4.
We are still in the early stages of testing Hiarcs 11.2, and a lot of the more recently released engines also need more games before their ratings stabilise.

Spike 1.2 Turin, Naum 2.2, Junior 10 and Deep Sjeng 2.5 are the next group of engines and seem to be very even in strength.
Junior 10.1 is weaker than Junior 10 according to our testing.

SmarThink 1.00, Ktulu 8.0, Glaurung 2 epsilon/5 and Chess Tiger 2007.1 are further adrift.


Free Engines

Although Rybka 1.0 remains the top free engine, the gap is slowly closing.
Either of the newly released Toga II 1.3.1 and Toga II 1.3.4 could yet snatch away Rybka's crown!

Strelka 1.8, Fruit 051103 and Fruit 2.3.1 all appear to be stronger than Spike 1.2 Turin.

Glaurung 2 epsilon/5, Naum 2.0 and Alaric 707 are next, ahead of Scorpio 1.91, Delfi 5.1 and SlowChess Blitz WV2.1.

WildCat 7 and Pro Deo 1.2 are further back.

As we make our way down the list, it should be noted that the most recent versions of Booot, DanaSah, Delphil, Hermann, Alfil, Natwarlal and Feuerstein seem to have made good gains over previous versions.
Others to keep an eye on as they get more games are the latest versions of Hamsters, BugChess2, Popochin, NanoSzachy and GreKo.

We test a very extensive range of amateur engines through our Amateur Championship divisions (32-bit 1CPU) plus other tournaments, all of which can be followed in our public forum.

Our aim is of course to ensure that all engines lower on our lists get at least 200 games.


Blitz Notes

There are currently 161,045 games in our 40/4 database.

The 40/4 update is usually done separately to our 40/40 update. The most recent update can always be viewed here:
http://computerchess.org.uk/ccrl/404.live/


FRC Notes

Ray tests only those engines that can play FRC through the Shredder Classic GUI.
If engine authors have a new and stable version of their engine that will run under this GUI, they should contact Ray if they wish to see it tested.

Ray has recently tested Naum 2.2, Fruit 2.3, Fruit 051103, Hamsters 0.4, Hermann 2.0 and Movei 0.08.438. All are now included in the ratings.
He is hoping to test Rybka next, and it looks likely that Hiarcs 11.1 will finally be dethroned (Hiarcs 11.2 has not been tested yet).
The improvement in strength of Hamsters 0.4 and Movei 0.08.438 is particularly noteworthy.

For FRC the best list to look at is the pure list.
http://www.computerchess.org.uk/ccrl/404FRC/


Stats/Presentation Notes

The LOS stats to the right hand side of each rating list are "likelihood of superiority" stats. They tell you the likelihood in percentage terms of each engine being superior to the engine directly below them.

A list of games played this week per engine can be found in the update thread in the CCRL public forum, accessible through the link given at the top of this post.
Please note that our forum has been moved and is now much quicker to load and more readily accessible. The link given will redirect you automatically.

All games are available for download through the link given at the top of this post. They can be downloaded by engine or by month.
ELO ratings are now saved in all game databases for those engines that have 200 games or more.

Clicking on an engine name will give details as to opponents played plus homepage links where applicable.

Custom lists of engines can be selected for comparison.

An openings report page (link at bottom of index page) lists the number of games played by ECO codes with draw percentage and White win percentage. Clicking on a column heading will sort the list by that column.
Games can now be downloaded by ECO code.
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Re: CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by Dirt » Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:57 pm

Graham Banks wrote:Newly released Toga II 1.3.1 is battling it out for second spot with Zap!Chess Zanzibar!
It's been released? If so, I seem to have missed the announcement. I also can't locate a download site.

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Re: CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by Graham Banks » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:11 pm

Dirt wrote:
Graham Banks wrote:Newly released Toga II 1.3.1 is battling it out for second spot with Zap!Chess Zanzibar!
It's been released? If so, I seem to have missed the announcement. I also can't locate a download site.
I believe that Shaun has submitted both Toga II 1.3.4 and Toga II 1.3.1 for download, but that the download links haven't appeared yet.
I figure that it will be announced when they are, so I guess I jumped the gun a little there.
My apologies.

Regards, Graham.

PS - if you email me, I'll send them to you.

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Re: CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by Dirt » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:21 pm

Graham Banks wrote:
Dirt wrote:
Graham Banks wrote:Newly released Toga II 1.3.1 is battling it out for second spot with Zap!Chess Zanzibar!
It's been released? If so, I seem to have missed the announcement. I also can't locate a download site.
I believe that Shaun has submitted both Toga II 1.3.4 and Toga II 1.3.1 for download, but that the download links haven't appeared yet.
I figure that it will be announced when they are, so I guess I jumped the gun a little there.
My apologies.

Regards, Graham.

PS - if you email me, I'll send them to you.
Good news. I'm in no great hurry, so for now I'll just wait.

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Re: CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by Graham Banks » Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:31 pm

Dirt wrote:
Graham Banks wrote: PS - if you email me, I'll send them to you.
Good news. I'm in no great hurry, so for now I'll just wait.
Cheers Greg. I hope that others are as understanding as you.

Regards, Graham. 8-)

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Re: CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by Tony Thomas » Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:01 am

Interesting thing to note is that none of the commercials have passed single CPU 64bit Rybka yet, and two of its closest rivals in single Cpu category is Fruit, and Toga.

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Re: CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by Werner » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:08 am

Graham Banks wrote:
Newly released Toga II 1.3.1
Hi Graham,
did I miss something?

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Re: CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by Graham Banks » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:14 am

Werner wrote:
Graham Banks wrote:
Newly released Toga II 1.3.1
Hi Graham,
did I miss something?

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Werner
Hi Werner,

no, you've not missed anything. I jumped the gun just a little. Shaun has submitted the files for download, but the host has yet to post the links. :oops:
An announcement should be made this weekend.

Regards, Graham.

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Re: CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by ozziejoe » Sat Aug 18, 2007 2:04 pm

hi graham,

it looks like toga 1.3.1 is a later version than toga 1.3.4....Is the latter engine better described as Toga 1.3 beta 4?

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Re: CCRL update (18th August 2007)

Post by Graham Banks » Sat Aug 18, 2007 8:58 pm

ozziejoe wrote:hi graham,

it looks like toga 1.3.1 is a later version than toga 1.3.4....Is the latter engine better described as Toga 1.3 beta 4?
Toga 1.3.4 is the final bugfixed release of what was previously known as Toga II 1.3x4. It will now access egbbs correctly.

Toga II 1.3.1 is a slightly earlier beta version that has no egbb access, but could be slightly stronger at longer time controls.

Regards, Graham.

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