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Thibault de Vassal (2012-12-01)
It seems that Houdini 3.0 is available as a commercial program for a few weeks at Cruxis website.
The 64-bit 4CPU would have reached a 3334 elo rating on the CCRL 40/4 list. This is about 90 points more than the free version Houdini 1.5a which seems to be a great improvement!
I just read on Wikipedia that Houdini was used by Viswanathan Anand [FIDE world champion]... It seems that it beats Rybka 4 in every match. In brief, Houdini is by far the best chess engine nowadays...
Neel Basant (2012-12-02 05:22:24)
Not in every match .
Although it is better than all engines in all term , none has confirmed it's superiority in correspondent chess.
May come users forwards who are using it in Correspondent chess.
Thibault de Vassal (2012-12-02 12:48:35)
Yes, that's a good question... is Houdini best when analyzing games? Any opinion on this?
Garvin Gray (2012-12-02 13:53:45)
Thibault, I do not think you will any clear answer on this as there are so many factors, including how a person uses the engines, what interface and style they use the engine.
Also I am sure players will also tune their engine, or play around with the houdini settings to 'improve' their analysis.
The one thing I have noticed is that Houdini 3.0 is much faster at getting through the 20-29 plys, which I find very useful. Especially when using the back and forth method.
Rodolfo d Ettorre (2012-12-05 03:46:38)
One question, I hope I am not off topic, but which user interface do you guys use ? At the moment I am using Aren
Spyros Lois (2012-12-14 14:51:20)
Neel Basant (2012-12-15 04:05:40)
Not all forum members( Players)
I donot use Aquarium ..
It sometime cannot help.
Robert Knighton (2012-12-15 15:15:05)
Aquarium has a pretty steep learning curve but it is probably the best tool for correspondence chess once you learn how to use it.
Thibault de Vassal (2013-02-23 22:35:01)
The last rating difference I saw between Houdini 3 and Houdini 1.5 is about 60 elo points.
Any news in the computer chess world?
Neel Basant (2013-02-26 19:08:43)
Wait for Komodo MP and Critter 1.8 ..
George Clement (2013-02-26 22:05:19)
Probably better to wait for Critter 1.8;) Komodo MP is still in a learning curve. LOL
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