Linux friendly engines at all levels

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Re: Linux friendly engines at all levels

Post by Volodya » Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:04 am

Dear H.G.Muller and abulmo2,

Thanks for your replies. They are helpful and make a lot of sense.


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Re: Linux friendly engines at all levels

Post by Evert » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:47 am

hgm wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:02 am
What he means is that you can use a strong engine (say Stockfish) to simulate a much weaker opponent by allowing it to think only a tiny fraction of the time a truly weak engine would have had to think. It would save you nearly half the CPU time during test games if the opponent would move 100 times faster than the engine under test.
In addition, weaker engines typically have gaps in their evaluation. That means that if your king safety is weak, then a weak engine might not exploit it, meaning you don’t readily notice that your kingsafety is weak. Or worse, you tune your engine in a way that exploits the weaknesses of a particular engine, but playing worse overall. Of course, playing against a gauntlet alleviates some of the problems, but it’s better to eliminate it by playing against an engine with fewer gaps in its evaluation.
There’s one caveat, of course, and that’s that not all evaluation terms scale the same with increased time control, but it makes sense to retune things as your engine progresses anyway.

By the way, this is anecdotal evidence at best; I don’t have data to back up this observation.

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Re: Linux friendly engines at all levels

Post by vincent » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:14 am

Little Wing at 2050 ELO is well tested on GNU/Linux and stable even in very fast games:

Purple Haze at 1900 ELO is older but also well tested:

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Re: Linux friendly engines at all levels

Post by rkl » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:42 am

It only covers the top engines based on CCRL ratings, but you might like my page:

It includes links to source code and Linux binaries where available. I've tested every engine listed - some need Wine to work though and a few don't work on Linux at all (I've kept them in mainly to match their CCRL ranking).

Interesting to note that yesterday's CCRL update saw a small ELO gain for most engines, but a big 10 ELO drop for Stockfish!

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Re: Linux friendly engines at all levels

Post by Michel » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:32 pm


A cleaned up version of GnuChess 5 (not 6 which is just Fruit 2.1!).

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Ideas=science. Simplification=engineering.
Without ideas there is nothing to simplify.

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