TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev version

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Martin Thoresen
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TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev version

Post by Martin Thoresen » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:02 am

Stage 2 finished last night and 10 engines qualified for Stage 3. The total number of games will be 90 and the top 6 qualifies for Stage 4. The opening book themes are Candidates 2013, Sinquefield Cup 2013 and King's Tournament 2012.

List of participants, double round robin:
3118 - Houdini 9601 (dev)*
3104 - Komodo 1121.05 (dev)*
3104 - Stockfish 151013 (dev)*
3079 - Rybka 4.1
3069 - Bouquet 1.8b (dev)*
3063 - Critter 1.6a
3058 - Gull 2.3*
3002 - Hiarcs 14
2980 - Naum 4.6 (dev)*
2915 - Junior 13.3

*Indicates update since Stage 2.

All information and rules:
http://www.tcec-chess.net/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=20

Live games + schedule and results:
http://tcec.chessdom.com/live.php

Finished games in Stage 3 will appear here:
http://tcec.chessdom.com/stage_3.php

Hope to see you all there.

Thanks,
Martin

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Re: TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev ver

Post by TimoK » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:18 am

Hi Martin,

I think you often heard that before, but let me repeat it again: Thank you very much for this great computer chess event! In my opinion it's the most interesting tournament in 2013! Everything is in top condition: Many participants, excellent hardware, long time controls, different stages, many games to play and last but not least a superb presentation on the website!

And many thanks to the engine authors as well for providing the latest dev versions! It's great to see them play here so the character of the event is even more like a WCCC because we see the strongest chess entities play against each other!

I took a long break from computer chess since my son was born late 2012, but the TCEC awoke my enthusiasm for CC again! :twisted:

Best regards
Timo

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Re: TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev ver

Post by mcostalba » Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:49 am

Thanks Martin for running this tournament !

I think (but you already know it ;-) ) that allowing engines to upgrade between stages is really a plus for TCEC, considering also that is a very long one and so is not easy to keep people interested without throwing new stuff at them.

I'd just want to inform that current Stockfish that will play in Stage 3 is the syzygy (yes!) version, kindly compiled by Lucas Braesch. Sources are from:

https://github.com/syzygy1/Stockfish

Thanks to Ronald de Man for the TB code and for keeping his syzygy branch in sync with SF master.

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Re: TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev ver

Post by Modern Times » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:04 am

This is going to be an amazing tournament - latest version of Stockfish with syzygy bases, latest Komodo, and latest Houdini. It will be a tough fight.

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Re: TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev ver

Post by Don » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:37 am

Komodo, which just won stage 2 has been significantly upgraded. The version that played in stage 2 was noticeably weaker than Komodo 6 and the version that is playing now in stage 3 is a significant upgrade to Komodo 6. So I think this stage is going to be very interesting indeed! To me there is no clear favorite here.
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Re: TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev ver

Post by Yarget » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:57 am

Yeahh, tournament of the Year. It's as simple as that.

Thanks a lot for making this possible Martin :)

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Re: TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev ver

Post by gordonr » Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:49 pm

Yarget wrote:Yeahh, tournament of the Year. It's as simple as that.

Thanks a lot for making this possible Martin :)
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Re: TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev ver

Post by Modern Times » Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:50 pm

mcostalba wrote:Thanks Martin for running this tournament !

I think (but you already know it ;-) ) that allowing engines to upgrade between stages is really a plus for TCEC, considering also that is a very long one and so is not easy to keep people interested without throwing new stuff at them.

I'd just want to inform that current Stockfish that will play in Stage 3 is the syzygy (yes!) version, kindly compiled by Lucas Braesch. Sources are from:

https://github.com/syzygy1/Stockfish

Thanks to Ronald de Man for the TB code and for keeping his syzygy branch in sync with SF master.
With the default Emergency Base Time parameter of 60, Stockfish with syzygy bases was losing on time for me in some games. I increased it to 200, and the problem went away. I hope Martin has done something similar.

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Re: TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev ver

Post by Martin Thoresen » Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:57 pm

Modern Times wrote: With the default Emergency Base Time parameter of 60, Stockfish with syzygy bases was losing on time for me in some games. I increased it to 200, and the problem went away. I hope Martin has done something similar.
It is set at 1000. In earlier Stages/Seasons I've used 2000.

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Re: TCEC Stage 3 (Season 2) has started with Houdini dev ver

Post by Modern Times » Sat Oct 19, 2013 12:59 pm

I'm very happy to hear that :)

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