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Monday, 15 October 2012

A New Tactical Monster - Houdini 3 - Has Been Released

Hello to all chess fans and computer chess maniacs! 
Rejoice guys I have very good news for you. New version of Houdini 3 engine is now commercially available! And reportedly it is a new tactical monster.
More details you can find here.
During the testing period three long time control challenges been played. 
Houdini 3 Beta version was tested against contemporary top engines (Houdini 2.0c, Stockfish 2.3.1 and Komodo 5). 
Each match consisted of 120 games at 90 min + 30 sec/move, starting from 60 Noomen opening positions played from both sides.
Over-all result: 
Houdini 3 scored 62% (Perf: +81 Elo ± 24 Elo) against the average of Houdini 2.0c, Komodo 5 and Stockfish 2.3.1.
If you are interested in these matches you can download all games here.
The final Houdini 3 Release version is even slightly stronger than the Beta version used in these matches.

Just to give you a flavour, here is one of the games against Stockfish 2.3.1.

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