Houdini is TCEC Season 10 champion!

Houdini is TCEC Season 10 champion!

Houdini, by Robert Houdart, is the winner of Season 10 of the Top Chess Engine Championship. After 96 out of 100 games Houdini has collected 50,5 points to secure the title.
Houdini’s performance up to game 96 was impressive – 14 wins with white, 9 wins with black and 73 draws – making this Superfinal with one of the highest win rates ever. Houdini also was the first engine in recent TCEC Superfinal history to prove advantage in the same opening position as both white and black. Games 76 and 77 were Scotch with 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ and Houdini won them on both sides of the opening – replay game 76 / replay game 77.
With its gold medal Houdini becomes the engine with most titles in TCEC history.
Second place in TCEC Season 10 goes for Komodo. It also proved very strong in given positions and was the first to achieve a black win in game 52. Komodo had a very slow start of the match, but around the halfway point Komodo started returning games and reduced the score by the end of the match.

TCEC Season 10 rapid and blitz starts tomorrow The TCEC rapid and blitz, including all engines of S10, starts right after the Superfinal’s last game of the season. The rapid and blitz will handle two additional titles. The current reigning TCEC rapid champion from S9 is Houdini. The rapid and blitz will be followed by TCEC Season 11.

TCEC Season 11 press release

TCEC – the Top Chess Engines Championship –  is a major international chess software championship with the top engines playing on powerful servers at long time controls. After crossing the 1 million page-views mark last season, and being on track to double that this year, TCEC is now bringing the competition to the next level. TCEC official website   TCEC becomes a league Starting with its 11th season in early 2018, TCEC will adopt a league format consisting of four divisions of eight chess engines. The four divisions will be called the Premier, First, Second and Third Divisions.  Each division will conduct a tournament which will lead to the top two engines in the Premier Division facing off in a 100-game Superfinal for the TCEC seasonal championship. The league’s mechanics are straightforward. Divisional tournaments will be conducted in sequence from the lowest (Third Division) to the highest (Premier Division). At the end of the Third, Second and First Division tournaments the top two finishers will be promoted to the next-higher division. At the end of the Second, First and Premier Division tournaments the bottom two finishers will be relegated to the next-lower division. The top two engines of the Premier Division will qualify for a Superfinal, which will consist of 100 games.  The winner will be the season’s Grand Champion. Third Division engines not qualifying for promotion will all be relegated and make way for a new crop of chess engines in the following season that are in development and meet basic standards. With this new format TCEC will transition to a rolling championship, with each cycle completed in approximately 3 months time.  Each season’s outcome will reflect the relative strength of the participating engines.   TCEC League Structure Third Division * 30+10 time control, average game 1 hour in duration. * 22 CPU cores. * Initial engine roster: all-invitational round * Subsequent roster: bottom two engines from previous Second Division competition + six invitees. * Top two finishers advance to Second Division competition; bottom six finishers dropped from roster. * 2x double round-robin (engines play each other 4 times); 28 games each engine, 112 games total * Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season. Second Division * 45+10 time control, average game 1.5 hours in duration. * 22 CPU cores. * Initial engine roster: TCEC S10 engines finishing 13-18 + two qualifiers from Third Division * Subsequent roster: 3rd-6th finishers in previous Second Division competition + bottom two engines from previous First Division competition + two promotions from Third Division. * Top two finishers advance to First Division competition; bottom two finishers relegated to Third Division. * 2x double round-robin (engines play each other 4 times); 28 games each engine, 112 games total * Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season. First Division * 60+10 time control, average game 2 hours in duration. * 44 CPU cores. * Initial engine roster: 7-8th place finishers from Season 10 stage 2, plus 9th-12th finishers from Season 10 stage 1 + two promotions from Second Division. * Subsequent roster: 3rd-6th finishers in previous First Division competition + bottom two engines from previous Premier Division competition + two promotions from Second Division. * Top two finishers advance to Premier Division competition; bottom two finishers relegated to Second Division. * 4x double round-robin (engines play each other 8 times); 56 games each engine, 224 games total. * Selected openings of varied length. Openings change each season. Premier Division * 90+10 time control, average game 3 hours in duration. * 44 CPU cores. * Initial engine roster: 1st-6th place finishers from Season 10 stage 2 + two promotions from First Division competition. * Subsequent roster: top six finishers from previous Premier Division competition + top two finishers from First Division. * Top two Premier Division finishers advance to Superfinal competition; bottom two finishers relegated to First Division. * 6x double round-robin (engines play each other 12 times); 84 games each engine, 336 games total. Superfinal * 120+10 time control * 44 CPU cores * Total of 100 games, 50 x2 round robin with reversed colors * The winner is crowned the TCEC Grand Champion Start date of TCEC S11 Currently Stage 2 of Season 10 is being played. It will be followed by a Superfinal and additional rapid and blitz stage (see press release here). Season 11 will start soon after that.  Final preparations will be completed during the rapid and blitz competitions. The TCEC rules TCEC has always striven to guarantee fairness and equal conditions to all participants.  TCEC’s existing rules, the product of ten seasons of competitive experience, will stay in place for future seasons of the Top Chess Engine Championship. FAQ about the new season structure There will be Q & A live video session with the tournament director later this month at the Twitch TV TCEC channel More on TCEC For more on the Top Chess Engine Championship, visit the official website where you can talk live to the engine authors, experts in the chess software field, and experienced fans.
 
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