Did Kramnik really play against the world's strongest program?

10/28/2002 – Indeed he did. The Swedish Svenska schackdatorföreningen (SSDF, Chess Computer Association) which tests the strongest chess programs in the world, has completed testing the latest Deep Fritz 7.0, the program that played against Vladimir Kramnik in Bahrain. The result: on equal hardware Deep Fritz reached 2763 Elo points, 21 points more than the previous leader, Fritz 7.0. You will find the full SSDF computer rating list here.

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THE SSDF RATING LIST

The latest rating list, published on October 28, 2002, is the result of evaluating a total of 88,897 games (!) over the course of the years. Typically a new program will play about five hundred games before the results are published. And it plays against a wide variety of top competitors. This makes for far better statistics than in official world campionships where only nine games are played and many top programs may not participate.

Here are a few individual results by Deep Fritz 7.0 running on a single processor Athlon 1200 MHz with 256 MB of memory against other programs.

Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
14.5-11.5
Shredder 6 P A1200
Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
24-16
Shredder 532 A1200
Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
7.5-4.5
GT2.0 A1200
Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
39-17
Junior 7 K6450
Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
30.5-11.5
Junior6 K6450
Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
21-13
Chess Tiger 15.0 K6450
Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
26.5-15.5
Chess Tiger 14 CB K6450
Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
31.5-12.5
Chess Tiger 12 K6450
Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
32.5-9.5
Hiarcs 732 K6450
Deep Fritz 7.0 A1200
40-6
Goliath K6450

And here is the complete rating list for the first fifty programs. Note that the first nine are distributed by ChessBase and can be purchased in our Online Shop.

     THE SSDF RATING LIST 2002-10-28   88897 games played by  247 computers
Rating + - Games Won Oppo
------ --- --- ----- --- ----
1 Deep Fritz 7.0 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2763 34 -31 535 73% 2587
2 Fritz 7.0 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2742 30 -29 574 64% 2637
3 Shredder 6.0 Paderb 256MB Athlon 1200 2736 25 -24 831 66% 2623
4 Shredder 6.0 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2718 32 -31 505 64% 2619
5 Chess Tiger 14.0 CB 256MB Athlon 1200 2717 30 -30 557 61% 2638
5 Gambit Tiger 2.0 256MB Athlon 1200 2717 31 -30 543 59% 2649
7 Deep Fritz 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2714 31 -30 531 62% 2630
8 Junior 7.0 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2690 29 -29 593 58% 2633
9 Hiarcs 8.0 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2682 26 -26 738 55% 2644
10 Rebel Century 4.0 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2676 29 -29 590 60% 2605
11 Shredder 5.32 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2668 28 -28 619 54% 2638
12 Gandalf 4.32h 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2652 34 -33 430 54% 2624
13 Deep Fritz 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2649 22 -22 1031 59% 2582
14 Deep Fritz 7.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2648 52 -51 184 54% 2619
15 Gambit Tiger 2.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2642 29 -28 634 66% 2526
15 Gandalf 5.0 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2642 49 -50 202 46% 2673
17 Gandalf 5.1 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2638 25 -25 758 55% 2604
18 Junior 7.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2634 24 -23 925 62% 2547
19 Fritz 7.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2633 38 -37 348 53% 2611
20 Chess Tiger 14.0 CB 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2631 27 -26 709 61% 2556
21 Gromit 3.11.9 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2628 61 -62 131 46% 2657
22 Shredder 6.0 UCI 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2625 47 -46 228 54% 2597
23 Fritz 6.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2621 21 -21 1110 61% 2543
24 Crafty 18.12/CB 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2614 28 -28 628 52% 2600
25 Shredder 5.32 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2606 28 -27 639 58% 2549
26 Hiarcs 8.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2593 40 -41 300 47% 2613
27 Junior 6.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2591 18 -18 1565 57% 2545
28 Chess Tiger 12.0 DOS 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2589 21 -21 1065 54% 2561
29 Shredder 5.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2586 20 -20 1176 56% 2544
30 Shredder 4.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2568 23 -22 986 58% 2508
31 Rebel Century 4.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2567 52 -53 178 46% 2593
32 Nimzo 8.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2556 22 -22 984 50% 2556
33 Nimzo 7.32 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2550 21 -21 1088 54% 2523
34 Gandalf 5.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2534 73 -68 102 60% 2460
35 Gandalf 4.32f 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2532 28 -28 627 51% 2524
36 Hiarcs 7.32 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2530 20 -20 1260 45% 2564
37 Gandalf 4.32h 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2521 34 -34 418 52% 2506
38 SOS 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2518 18 -18 1473 44% 2558
39 Rebel Century 3.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2517 30 -30 546 49% 2523
40 Chessmaster 8000 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2516 44 -45 251 45% 2548
41 Goliath Light 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2505 23 -23 945 39% 2581
42 Crafty 17.07/CB 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2490 23 -23 912 47% 2513
43 MChess Pro 8.0 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2478 25 -26 753 40% 2548
44 Crafty 18.12/CB 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2477 32 -34 471 36% 2579
45 Genius 6.5 128MB K6-2 450 MHz 2474 29 -29 565 48% 2487
46 R30 v. 2.5 2274 41 -38 343 69% 2135
47 Meph Genius 68 030 33 MHz 2195 43 -42 267 55% 2157
48 Chess Tiger 14.9 Palm m515 16MB 42MHz 2101 69 -74 100 39% 2180
49 Atlanta SH7000 20 MHz 2089 29 -28 647 69% 1948
50 Sapphire II 2009 34 -32 464 63% 1919
Thoralf Karlsson reports:

We have four new entrants on this version of SSDFs rating list. Due to completely different hardware, one takes the first place and one of the other receives place 48 out of 50.

Frans Morschs latest program is Deep Fritz 7.0. With an Athlon 1200 MHz it has taken the top position on the list with a rating of 2763! That is 21 points more than Fritz 7.0 has with the same hardware. On a K6-2 450 MHz the difference is 15 points, but here the older Deep Fritz is one point ahead of Deep Fritz 7.0 K6-2 450 MHz.

Frank Schneider and Kai Skibbe have written the non-commercial program Gromit 3.11.9. We have now played 131 tournament games on a Athlon 1200 MHz, using the ChessBase interface and the opening book general.ctg. Gromits rating is 2628, which gives it a place between Gandalf 5.1 and Crafty 18.12.

Tony Hedlund has played 100 games with Chess Tiger 14.9 for Palm, written by Christophe Théron. The used Palm-version is called m515, has 16MB RAM, and runs on 42 MHz. It's rating is 2101.

Compared to the rating list from July 30, Shredder 6.0 Paderborn A1200 has gone up nine points, and Hiarcs 8.0 on the same hardware has gained 11 points. Fritz 7.0 K6-2 has increased it's rating with eight points and Century 4.0 A1200 has lost eight points.

We have started to play with Chess Tiger 15.0. On Palm we are also playing with Chess Genius 1.5.

The full list is available at the SSDF site

 

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