Test Komodo 8!

9/17/2014 – Komodo 8 is different than other chess programs - and Komodo 8 is stronger. If you want to check this claim and the program you will soon have a good opportunity to do so. Thanks to the Playchess All Engine Rapid Masters Fall 2014 tournament organized by Clemens Keck. Here engines can be tested and money can be won. First prize: 350 Euros.

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However, such tournament not only tests the software but also the skills of the user. For instance, in finding an opening book that emphasizes the strengths of the program. In fact, such a tournament is a challenge for program, hardware, and the user.

But if you are up to this challenge, here's the schedule: From 18 to 25 September three preliminary tournaments will be played, each tournament a 13 round Swiss with a time limit of 16 minutes per player and game. The top ten players of each preliminary qualify for the final, which will be played 5th October. All tournaments are played on the Playchess server in tournament room Machine B.

Incidentally, based on an average of the five most widely followed rating lists, on a single core Komodo 8 leads its closest rival (Stockfish 5) by 12 elo points, leads third place Houdini 4 by 16 Elo, and leads the previous Komodo (7) by 38 points. Running on a four core machine, Komodo leads runner-up Stockfish 5 by 37 points, leads third place Houdini 4 by 45 Elo, and leads the previous Komodo 7 by 57 Elo points.

Komodo Chess 8 includes:

  • The Komodo 8 engine, which can support up to 64 processor cores and 16 GB of hash memory
  • The new Deep Fritz 64-bit program interface (+ 32 bit program interface)
  • Online access to the world’s largest analysis database “Let’s Check”, with over 200 million extensively analyzed positions (free access to “Let’s Check” until December 31, 2016)
  • Access to ChessBase engine cloud
  • Premium membership to Playchess.com for six months
  • Database with over 1.5 million games

System requirements

Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows Vista, XP (Service Pack 3), 7/8, DirectX9, 256 MB graphics card, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet access for program activation, access to Playchess.com, Let’s Check and program updates.

Recommended: PC Intel i7 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 8.1, DirectX10, 512 MB graphics card, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and Internet access for program activation, access to Playchess.com, Let's Check and program updates.

Price: €79.90 (€67.14 without VAT for customers outside the EU; $86.62 without VAT). Languages: English, German. ISBN: 978-3-86681-442-4; EAN: 9783866814424. Delivery: Download, Post

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