Fritz tops the computer ratings – yet again

12/6/2002 – For many years now the Swedish Svenska schackdator-föreningen (SSDF, Chess Computer Association) has tested the strongest chess programs in the world. Every few months a new SSDF list appears, and the latest, published on December 5, 2002, once again has Fritz on the top. The list is based on 89,000 games played over the years and is the most reliable measure of the playing strength of chess programs. You will find the new list here.

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THE SSDF RATING LIST

And here is the complete rating list for the first fifty programs. Note that most of the top programs, like Fritz, Shredder, Chess Tiger, Junior and Hiarcs, are distributed by ChessBase and can be purchased in our Online Shop.

THE SSDF RATING LIST 2002-12-05   89632 games played by  248 computers
                                           Rating   +     -  Games   Won  Oppo
                                           ------  ---   --- -----   ---  ----
   1 Deep Fritz 7.0  256MB Athlon 1200 MHz   2755   31   -29   614   71%  2603
   2 Fritz 7.0 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz         2741   30   -29   574   64%  2636
   3 Shredder 6.0 Paderb  256MB Athlon 1200  2734   25   -24   852   65%  2624
   4 Chess Tiger 15.0  256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2731   33   -31   517   67%  2609
   5 Shredder 6.0  256MB Athlon 1200 MHz     2717   32   -31   505   64%  2618
   6 Chess Tiger 14.0 CB 256MB Athlon 1200   2715   30   -30   557   61%  2636
   7 Deep Fritz 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz        2711   31   -30   531   62%  2628
   7 Gambit Tiger 2.0  256MB Athlon 1200     2711   29   -29   583   58%  2652
   9 Junior 7.0  256MB  Athlon 1200 MHz      2687   28   -28   623   57%  2637
  10 Hiarcs 8.0  256MB Athlon 1200 MHz       2680   26   -26   738   55%  2642
  11 Chess Tiger 15.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz    2679   50   -48   210   60%  2607
  12 Rebel Century 4.0 256MB Athlon 1200 MHz 2675   29   -29   590   60%  2604
  13 Shredder 5.32  256MB Athlon 1200 MHz    2662   27   -27   659   53%  2642
  14 Gandalf 4.32h  256MB Athlon 1200 MHz    2651   34   -33   430   54%  2623
  15 Deep Fritz  128MB K6-2 450 MHz          2648   22   -22  1031   59%  2582
  16 Deep Fritz 7.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz      2645   52   -51   184   54%  2616
  17 Gambit Tiger 2.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz    2641   29   -28   634   66%  2526
  18 Gandalf 5.0  256MB Athlon 1200 MHz      2640   49   -50   202   46%  2671
  19 Gandalf 5.1  256MB Athlon 1200 MHz      2637   25   -25   758   55%  2603
  20 Junior 7.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz          2633   24   -23   925   62%  2546
  21 Fritz 7.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz           2631   38   -37   348   53%  2608
  22 Chess Tiger 14.0 CB 128MB K6-2 450 MHz  2629   26   -25   753   59%  2565
  23 Gromit 3.11.9  256MB Athlon 1200 MHz    2622   57   -59   148   45%  2661
  24 Fritz 6.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz           2620   21   -21  1154   60%  2550
  25 Shredder 6.0 UCI 128MB K6-2 450 MHz     2617   43   -43   264   52%  2607
  26 Crafty 18.12/CB 256MB  Athlon 1200 MHz  2612   27   -27   647   52%  2601
  27 Shredder 5.32  128MB K6-2 450 MHz       2606   28   -27   639   58%  2549
  28 Junior 6.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz          2590   18   -17  1605   56%  2549
  29 Hiarcs 8.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz          2587   37   -38   344   44%  2626
  29 Shredder 5.0  128MB  K6-2 450 MHz       2587   20   -20  1217   55%  2551
  31 Rebel Century 4.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz   2566   52   -53   178   46%  2592
  32 Nimzo 8.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz           2554   22   -22  1011   49%  2559
  33 Nimzo 7.32  128MB K6-2 450 MHz          2552   21   -21  1130   53%  2531
  34 Gandalf 5.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz         2535   73   -68   102   60%  2461
  35 Gandalf 4.32f  128MB K6-2 450 MHz       2532   28   -28   627   51%  2525
  36 Hiarcs 7.32  128MB K6-2 450 MHz         2529   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  1514   44%  2562
  38 Rebel Century 3.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz   2518   30   -30   546   49%  2523
  40 Chessmaster 8000  128MB K6-2 450 MHz    2515   44   -45   251   45%  2548
  41 Goliath Light  128MB K6-2 450 MHz       2510   22   -23   992   39%  2588
  42 Crafty 17.07/CB 128MB K6-2 450 MHz      2490   23   -23   912   47%  2514
  43 MChess Pro 8.0  128MB K6-2 450 MHz      2478   25   -26   753   40%  2549
  44 Crafty 18.12/CB 128MB K6-2 450 MHz      2476   32   -34   471   36%  2578
  45 Genius 6.5  128MB  K6-2 450 MHz         2474   29   -29   565   48%  2488
  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:

Chess Tiger 15.0 is the name of Christophe Thérons latest chess program, sold by Lokasoft. SSDF has now tested it on both Athlon 1200 MHz and K6-2 450 MHz.

Chess Tiger 15.0 A1200 has a rating of 2731 after 517 tournament games. This gives it a fourth place on the list, 24 points behind the leading Deep Fritz 7.0. Compared to it´s two predecessors CT14 and GT2, Chess Tiger 15.0 has in average 18 points more.

On K6-2 450 MHz Chess Tiger 15.0 takes the top position, 31 points above Deep Fritz, and 44 points in average above Chess Tiger 14 and Gambit Tiger 2.0! As can be seen we have played less games on the slower hardware, which makes this rating somewhat less reliable.

Next rating list will appear in January or February.

The full list is available at the SSDF site


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