Jim Ablett has provided many new engines that can play Knightmate. The current list is:
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JokerKM 1.1.14 Lime KM 62 Faile KM 1.4.4 CCCP Knightmate Fairy-Max 4.8v Dababba 2.62g Gerbil-KM 2.0 MSKCP Vanilla Knightmate 1.4.4 Fimbulwinter KM 5.00
The strength range is rather large: the ChessWar ratings of the normal Chess versions of Joker and Fimbulwinter, for instance, differ by about 1000 Elo points. So to make the games more interesting to watch, I will handicap the stronger engines by facing them with time odds.
I will assign the time-odds factors in the following way:
Class A (factor 16): Joker
Class B (factor 8): Lime
Class C (factor 4): Faile, CCCP, Fairy-Max, Dababba, Gerbil
Class D (factor 1): MSKCP, Vanilla, Fimbulwinter
This means that when (e.g.) Lime plays CCCP, it gets only half the time CCCP gets, as its time-odds factor is double that of CCCP's. One of the purpose of the test tourney is to test if these assignments are realistic.
After the test tourney, the handcaps might be adjusted, and the real event will start. This will involve having each participant play each other participant 6 times, at three different time controls: 40/16, 40/24 and 40/36. (Where the time given to the engine with the highest time-odds factor will be reduced accordingly.)
The games can be viewed live (once they start!) at