Archive 4

February 22nd, 2005
Die Sekretärin ist gefeuert!

59, FQ

So viele Neuigkeiten in so kurzer Zeit? Wir brauchen jetzt ganz sicher eine kleine Verschnaufpause zwischen den Konfigurationsorgien der letzten Tage. Ich denke bei dem folgenden Text können wir alle sehr gut entspannen und frisch gestärkt in die nächste Runde gehen. Schließlich steht das IPCCC in Paderborn vor der Tür und da sitzen wir dann alle ganz konzentriert vor dem PC und lauschen den News.

WARUM ICH MEINE SEKRETÄRIN FEUERTE
Vor zwei Wochen hatte ich meinen 45 Geburtstag und fühlte mich ohnehin nicht sehr wohl. Ich ging zum Frühstück. Meine Frau sagte nicht einmal: Guten Morgen, schon gar nicht: Alles Gute. Die Kinder sagten auch kein Wort und ließen mich völlig links liegen. Auf dem Weg ins Büro fühlte ich mich ziemlich niedergeschlagen. Ich ging durch die Eingangstüre meines Büros. Als Janet, meine Sekretärin, auf mich zukam und ‚ Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Boss, sagte, fühlte ich mich schon ein bisschen besser. Wenigstens Eine hatte sich daran erinnert. Ich arbeitete bis Mittags. Pünktlich um zwölf klopfte Janet an die Tür und sagte: Es ist Ihr Geburtstag. Lassen Sie uns doch Mittagessen gehen, nur sie und ich. Wir gingen nicht in das übliche Lokal, sondern fuhren aufs Land zu einem gemütlichen Restaurant, um ein wenig Privatsphäre zu haben. Wir tranken zwei Martinis und erfreuten uns am hervorragenden Mahl. Auf dem Weg zurück ins Büro sagte Janet Wissen Sie es ist so ein schöner Tag, und es ist Ihr Geburtstag. Wir müssen doch nicht ins Büro zurück fahren, oder? Fahren wir doch zu mir in meine Wohnung und trinken noch einen Kaffee. Als wir in Ihrem Appartement ankamen, tranken wir statt Kaffee noch ein paar weitere Martinis und rauchten gemütlich eine Zigarette. Nach einiger Zeit sagte Janet: Wenn es Sie nicht stört, würde ich mir gerne etwas Bequemeres anziehen. Ich gehe nur schnell ins Schlafzimmer und bin gleich wieder da. Nach einigen Minuten kam Sie wieder heraus. Sie trug eine Geburtstagstorte in den Händen, gefolgt von meiner Frau, den Kindern, sowie den engsten Mitarbeitern. Alle sangen: HAPPY BIRTHDAY und ich saß auf der Couch und hatte außer meinen Socken nichts mehr an.

Na ja, wir werden solche Probleme ganz sicher nicht haben. Wir hätten in der Zeit, als Janet sich etwas gemütliches angezogen hat, sicherlich unser Notebook ausgepackt und ein paar Engine-Engine Matches spielen lassen. Vielleicht hätten wir auch gerade den neuesten Bugfix vom OS Windows installiert oder die Excel Tabellen zum WM Test studiert. Unsere Frauen kennen das ja ... es gibt so viel zu tun und nur mit Socken ist es ja auch etwas kalt um diese Jahreszeit.

Ach ja, die ATL-2 Seiten werden täglich aktualisiert ... wir verstehen uns!

 


 


February 22nd, 2005

SOS 5.1 for Arena, bugfix!

58, FQ

Michael Jesdinsky (Germany) found a little bug in SOS.5 for Arena. Martin Blume checked the bug too and Rudolf Huber fixed the bug (one day before the IPCCC 2005 in Paderborn will start). A really fast service.

UCI SOS 5.1 for Arena without setup can be found in our "User Files, Engines" selection!
Go to Arena User Files, Engines

A second good news:
Rudolf Huber will play the IPCCC 2005 with the new opening book by Salvatore Spitaleri (Italy).

 

SOS.5 for Arena under Arena Chess GUI, SOS don't show the analyze for some lines!

FIXED with SOS 5.1 for Arena

Rudolf Huber wrote (in German):
"Hallo Ihr beiden, Martin hat recht und SOS5fA hat einen Fehler. Im Anhang ist eine korrigierte Version. Bitte vor Freigabe noch mal prüfen."

We wish our main partner Rudolf Huber good luck in Paderborn 2005.
Each other participant programmers too!

 


 


February 22nd, 2005

Zappa 1.0 released

57, FQ

Zappa by Anthony Cozzy (USA) won for some days the popular CCT-7 tournament.
Today the young star from US released Zappa 1.0.

v. 1.00
WB / UCI compatible
Home of Zappa (webpage by Volker Pittlik)
Text by Frank Quisinsky
Hint: Not tested by myself yet

 

The US boys have some years overslept the computer chess developements. From the great power USA are not many stronger engines available. This is a pity because in USA we have some very strong programmers. Thinking on Mathy Hirsch (USA, MChess), Don Daily (USA, Socrates and CilkChess), John Stanback (USA, GnuChess, Zarkov), James Robertson (USA, Insomniac), Bruce Morland (USA, Ferret). Newer Zarkov versions, newer Insomniac versions and Ferret are not free or commercial available. The development of Socrates / CilkChess is stopped and it seems that Mathy Hirsch gave up with chess programming. This is a pity for the chess community and only Crafty by Prof. Dr. Robert Hyatt hold some years the American flag of the stronger available chess programs. Today are around 20 engines on the same level or stronger as the long time showcase Crafty.

The same for computer chess events. The great Harvard Cup is stopped and the American don't have an own computer chess championship. But all of the American boys like it to discuss about computer chess. The CCC Forum is the biggest computer chess forum in the World and the most of us like CCC.

BUT THIS TIME ENDED with full power!

The Americans worked hard and today we have two stronger and freely available "newer" chess programs. Zappa by Anthony Cozzy (USA) and SlowChess by Jonathan Kreuzer (USA). The most popular computer chess tounrey (CCT) is organice by members of the CCT forum, in the past with great publications from Volker Richey (Germany) and Peter Skinner (Canada).

The young start Anthony Cozzy (USA) won the latest CCT-7 tournament (see News-Ticker message 43) and since today Zappa 1.0 is freely available.

Hint:
Possible that Zappa don't work on different systems. Please have a look on Zappa webpage.

February 24th, 2005
Now Zappa 1.0 for all processors is available and works fine!

Again a great day for the chess community and we all have the same question in our brains?

Have a grandmaster today really a chance against all this strong and freely available chess programs? TheBaron as number 43 in ATL-1 rating list don't loosed last year a match vs. GM Levon Aronian. I am sure that stronger engines, like Zappa will beat each Grandmaster in a ten games event with time control 40 moves in 20 minutes. In perhaps 1-2 years we have 10 or more available engines on the level of TOP programs, like ChessTiger or Hiarcs. I am not speaking from the clear number one Shredder by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen but after Shredder more and more programs will play soon on 2.600 - 2.700 ELO level. Good examples are Fruit, Aristarch, List and ProDeo seems to be clear number one from the free available engines.

Perhaps a grandmaster will read this message and will hold the flag from the group of grandmasters. The computer chess community like such matches and ZAPPA, the winner of CCT-7, ... the most important computer chesss event ... is the right challenger at this times.

Who is the grandmaster which will play a match vs. Zappa?
We are waiting of you. The most important computer chess area ... the amateurchess area ... will have a great event!
See you ...

 


 


February 22nd, 2005

About Frenzee 2.0.0

56, FQ

For some days Frenzee 2.00 released. Reason enough to try to find out more about Frenzee.

v. 2.00
WB / UCI / FRC compatible!
Home of Frenzee
Text by Sune Fischer (Denmark) and Frank Quisinsky:
Hint: Frenzee 1.59 is number 62 in ATL-1 Rating-List

 

For around two years Sun Fischer (Frenzee) released his first "stronger" version of Frenzee. In my garden in summer time I follows with big interest games of Frenzee vs. Chezzz, KnightX and other programs which are on the branch to the TOP amateurs. The playing style from Frenzee is interesting. In all sectors Frenzee have strengths and this made Frenzee very dangerous for the others.

A little bit to the Danish number two (Gandalf is the strongest chess program from Denmark and I am sure the new Frenzee is stronger as Chezzz):

Sune Fischer wrote me:

I have not much time for Frenzee these days but I still have many ideas i'd like to try. Unfortunately I must admit it is becomming quite hard to find improvements. My hat off to those that keep improving beyond 2500.

I've focused mainly on refactoring the code, to make it clearer for me to read and less buggy. I think I have succeded quite nicely with that, but it also means I haven't engaged in many wild experiments, just mainly focusing on getting the stuff that was already there to work.

The biggest change is perhaps the opening book, I was tired of all those "learners" getting cheap points! ;)

One can now compile a book from pgn by type 'genbk' in console mode and following the wizard, also some notes in the readme about how to do that. So far it does not seem to play much better from a binary opening file than the old random method. Perhaps my pgn files just aren't good enough ...

Learning works though, setting up an selfplay match with identical books and book learning for one side shows a much bigger score for the "learner". It will take quite a few games for the learning to really start showing, so I guess it won't have a big impact on playing strength in regular tournaments.

Be aware that I the first version I uploaded had some kinks in the UCI implementation, so I've uploaded a new one with a uci fix.

---

Yesterday I created new Arena Setups (no updates in Arena Chess GUI files).
I added Frenzee 2.0.0 in our Chess 960 Setup 3.

Note:
Frenzee is the optimal test engine!
The program by Sune supported the engine protocols WinBoard 1, WinBoard II, UCI I and UCI II support. Furthermore, Frenzee supported Chess 960. Also the possibilities in the WinBoard configuration file are great, learn more about the Frenzee configurations and have a look on the readme.txt by programmer Sune Fischer. I used Frenzee a long time for my quick test if a newer engine is available. With around 2.350 ELO is Frenzee 1.59 with the nice playing style the optimal test engine for me. I am very happy that after a long time a new Frenzee version is available!

Thanks Sune!

 


 


February 21st, 2005

SOS opening book available

55, FQ

Salvatore Spitaleri (Italy) sent a new version of the special opening book for SOS for Arena.

 

Salvatore Spitaleri (Italy)

Rudolf Huber himself don't spent much time for the developement of an opening book. Rudolf Huber gave me the information for years and the available opening book for SOS ins't really good. Interesting ist the text to SOS on the IPCCC 2005 webpage:

Text from IPCCC 2005 webpage:

SOS is an amteur program which was started in 1993 and has since then competed in a number of tournaments. The newest versions rus on multiprocessor system with a parallelized version of mtd(f) as its minimax search algorithm. SOS used to be a relatively fast searcher and relied on outsearching the opponent. This has changed now and more knowledte and special cases have been implmented which slow it down. Little effort is spent on the opening book. It plays a very broad range of openings. However it learns to avoid unsuccessful lines and tries not to repeat lost games. It uses publicty available endgame databases.

Today Salvatore Spitaleri wrote me:

I want to give to Rudolf, you and all gladiators this small piece of art. In my tests (ChessBase format) SOS has earned beyond 100 ELO, against Shredder, Junior, Hiarcs. Please send it to Rudolf, if he like it, he can use it in WMCCC or I can build a book in SOS's format.

Salvatore is working around one year on the opening book for SOS. I used this opening book for some tests and must give Salvatore right. The opening book is fantastic for the strategy, positional aggressive playing style of SOS.

 

Chris Tatham (England) created an opening book in Arena's *.abk format too. The book looks strong too and is available in "User Files selection".

User Files

 


 


February 21st, 2005

SOS 5.0 for Arena released

54, FQ

We are now in good spirits before the IPCCC 2005 in Paderborn will start.
You can download the IPCCC 2005 version of SOS !!
IPCCC 2005 February 23rd up to 27th, 2005

v. 5.0
UCI compatible!
Home of SOS = our Arena website ... SOS is the main engine for Arena Chess GUI, compare to GnuChess and WinBoard GUI.
Text by Frank Quisinsky (Germany):
Hint: SOS.4 for Arena is number 10 in ATL-1 Rating-List

UCI SOS.5 for Arena without setup can be found in our "User Files, Engines" selection!
Go to Arena User Files, Engines

I created new Setups with SOS.5 for Arena too.

...

Each year Rudolf Huber (Germany) released a new version of SOS for Arena. The SOS story is a little bit curious because I got the first SOS version for Frank's Chess Page to a time I never calculated with it (a nice surprise). In times I started Frank's Chess Page I asked some programmers for a Winboard compatible engine. Prof. Dr. Djordje Vidanovic and myself contact many programmers and we are looking end of 1996 start of 1997 in games from all official computer chess events. The amateur engine SOS by Rudolf Huber had in official amateur tournaments fantastic results and Roland Pfister gave us the E-Mail address from Rudolf Huber. We contact Rudolf and his answer was:

"My engine is compatible to Linux and don't have Winboard support. But it's interesting for me to try to create a WinBoard engine because I can get a lot of test results from users." ... in my bad English ...

Rudolf find the time and created a WinBoard engine of SOS for Frank's Chess Page around one year later. SOS programmer Rudolf Huber helps Stefan Meyer-Kahlen with the UCI protocol and created an UCI engine of SOS. Rudolf Huber have a very good call in the community and other programmers like it to discuss with Rudolf in chess tournaments. For some years in such an official tournament in Leiden I talked with Rudolf for the first time. An really very friendly programmer and for our little Arena team THE BIG DEAL that SOS is our main engine for Arena Chess GUI. Rudolf Huber supported direct the Arena project and gave us the engine for our webpage.

For around four weeks I had a personal meeting with Martin Blume. We are sitting with Michael Jesdinsky in his living room and had spoken about different new Arena analyze option. I started Arena for an analyse on my Notebook. Martin's comment: Frank, please with SOS ... this is our main engine :-)

SOS.5 for Arena supported Multi-Variant-Mode in this new available version. Martin will be happy about it and I am sure the computer chess community too. A very fine and strong chess engine and long time developement. A great day for us to hold the work from Rudolf Huber in our hand. The first official tournament Rudolf played in Munich (WMCCC 1993).

Rudolf Huber (right site) with the Bionic Team in Leiden!

SOS in tournaments!

 

1993, 12th WMCCC Munich 4/9 points, ranking 20 of 28
1994, Single Plattform London 17.5/29 points, ranking 7 of 16
1994, 4th IPCCC Paderborn 5/7 points, ranking 2 of 18
1995, 8th WCCC HongKong 2/5 points, ranking 15 of 24
1997, 6th IPCCC Paderborn 4.5/7 points, ranking 4 of 16
1997, 15th WMCCC Paris 5/11 points, ranking 26 of 34
1998, 5th Spain-ch Granada 3/5 points, ranking 3 of 12
1998, 7th IPCCC Paderborn 3/7 points, ranking 11 of 16
1999, 8th IPCCC Paderborn 4/7 points, ranking 7 of 14
1999, 9th WCCC, 16th WMCCC Paderborn 2.5/7 points, ranking 24 of 30
2000, 17th WMCCC London, Amateur Champion

5.5/9 points, ranking 6 of 14

2000, 9th IPCCC Paderborn 3.5/7 points, ranking 7 of 16
2001, CCT-3 Internet 5.5/8 points, ranking 6 of 32
2001, 1st Int. CSVN tournament 5/9 points, ranking 8 of 19
2001, 18th WMCCC Maastricht 5/9 points, ranking 11 of 18
2001, 10th IPCCC Paderborn 5/9 points, ranking 5 of 18
2002, 11th IPCCC Paderborn 3.5/7 points, ranking 9 of 16
2002, 2nd Int. CSVN tournament 5.5/9 points, ranking 5 of 22
2002, 10th WCCC Maastricht 4.5/9 points, ranking 9 of 18
2003, 12th IPCCC Paderborn 4.5/7 points, ranking 4 of 14
2003, 18th WMCCC Graz 5/11 points, ranking 8 of 15
2004, 13th IPCCC Paderborn 3.0/7 points, ranking 12 of 16
2004, 12th WCCC Bar Ilan 6.0/11 points, ranking 7 of 14
2005, CCT-7 Internet 6.5/9 points, ranking 4 of 44

Have fun with SOS.5 for Arena!
Thanks Rudolf

 


 


February 19th, 2005

Amyan 1.595 released

53, FQ

I will ask in the future the programmers for stronger available free and commercial engines for more information!
To have such details on a "news" selection is interesting.
Today I started and asked Antonio Dieguez (Amyan, Chile).

v. 1.595
WB / UCI compatible!
Home of Amyan
Text by Antonio Dieguez (Chile):
Hint: Amyan 1.594 is number 23 in ATL-1 Rating-List

 

Hi Frank!

you as always very heartfull :)

But In summary mainly it is a little faster in time to reach depth, but, as the very small change in the version number suggest, there is almost no difference. I wanted to update almost as a kidish thing that I like to do. May be there are not even 5 rating points of difference, I don't like anymore to play a lot of games in the pc to try to verify. See you ...

Thanks Antonio!

Here you can see Antonio as a Samurai fighter (picture is 20 minutes old). Do you know what a Samurai fighter will make with beta testes who don't send the right test results? ... grreerrr, wirrrg ... short shirft ... in German: "Kurzer Prozess" :-)

 


 


February 19th, 2005

EVComp, Le Fou numérique *News*

52, FQ

The most of the CC community search each day in WWW for interesting computer chess news. Around 400 users only (after my experience with fora systems) try to make it in different chess fora DAILY. The secret is to collect the main news on frequently updated webpages. The most users are searching 1-2 times in the weeks for news and can find all in one!

Example: On Arena webpage you can't find news to the five ChessBase native engines (Fritz, Junior, Hiarcs, ChessTiger, Anaconda) because this little group of engines don't support the standard engine protocols, like WinBoard and UCI. For Arena not very interesting to report about such engines. Furthermore, I have the opinion that the most interesting commercial engines today are UCI Shredder, UCI / WB Gandalf and WB TheKing.

I found a very good CC News-Ticker with frequently News to ChesssBase engines. EVCOMP by Ing. Emil Vlasák (Cezch) is just a fantastic work. An futher very good site with frequently news comes from Patrick Buchmann (Elsass). I added the links to Patrick and Emil in the main frame of Arena webpage.

EVComp NEWS by Emil Vlasák (Czech)
Le Fou numérique by Patrick Buchmann (France)

CSS-Online isn't so actual at the moment but I am sure the News-Ticker from CSS Online will be better with time.
http://www.computerschach.de

An interesting News-Ticker I added for around two weeks in Arena main frame.
Computer Chess News by Steve Maughan (England)

Steve reported today about secret settings in Shredder-Classic GUI !!
Good idea Steve! Visit the "new" NEWS page from Steve!

 


 


February 18th, 2005

Advance notive: Arena Main Book v5

51, FQ

Harry Schnapp is working all the time on improvements on his / our Arena Mainbook.
The new version 5.0 and a new little book of Harry is available in the next 2-3 weeks.

Today Harry sent me an interesting text to his work on Mainbook 5.0 and Little Mainbook 1.0:

German:
Die fünfte Version meines Buches enthält zusätzliche 140.917 Züge aus 9.064 Varianten überwiegend mit kurzer und besonders mittlerer Länge und eine Durchschnittstiefe von 28 Halbzügen (Gesamtumfang:153.633 Varianten mit 1.693.854 Zügen). Damit werden die vorhandenen sehr langen Zugfolgen um etwa 8% seltener erscheinen und das ist vorteilhafter aus verschiedenen Gründen. Das Buch wird noch breiter und deckt praktisch die meisten ersten 16-24 Halbzügen die üblicherweise in menschlichen Turniere gespielt werden. Durch die langen Varianten (bis zu 63 Halbzüge), entstehen am Ende vor dem verlassen des Buches mitunter bereits Endspielstellungen und das sollte vermieden werden. Es hat wenig Sinn Partien ohne Mittelspiel laufen zu lassen und wenn direkt Endspiele erwünscht sind die kann man auch eingeben ohne auf die Hilfe eines Buches angewiesen zu sein. Sicherlich werden diese Schlangenvarianten kaum bis zum Ende ausgespielt wenn zwei verschiedene Bücher gegeneinander treffen und wenn beide Engines mit dem gleichen Buch spielen dann sollte ein vernünftiges Limit gesetzt werden.

Attentione: This opening book by Harry Schnapp works fine with more as 250 ENGINES

Wegen der modernen Bewertungskriterien muss heute ein Buchautor mehr Schachwissen besitzen als früher, es reicht nicht mehr sich immer auf die Analyse eines Shredder oder Fritz in der Beurteilung einer Stellung zu verlassen. Früher war es deutlich einfacher, beispielsweise ein + 1,50 bedeutete unmissverständlich materieller und positioneller Vorteil, also Stellung unausgewogen und ungeeignet. Derzeit reicht manchmal ein Läuferpaar und minimal mehr Mobilität für weiß plus ein Doppelbauer für schwarz (auch wenn er nicht schwach oder isoliert ist), und schon haben wir eine Stellungsbewertung von über + 1,xx !!. Wenn dazu der schwarze König nicht rochiert hat dann klettert es weiter bis auf nahezu +2 Bauerneinheiten obwohl das Material auf dem Brett völlig ausgeglichen ist. In so einem Fall muss der Autor entscheiden ob die Stellung trotzdem Chancen für beide Parteien bringt oder nicht. Für die Engines ist dieses breite Bewertungssystem vorteilhaft aber für den User manchmal gewöhnungsbedürftig. Man sollte in Betracht ziehen dass leichte Positionsvorteile noch keinesfalls entscheidend sind für den Fortgang einer Partie, weiß besitzt sowieso vom Anfang an ein Tempo voraus und wenn schwarz immer, schnell und leicht ausgleichen könnte dann würde man mit schwarz in Turniere nicht so oft auf Remis spielen!. Auf Wunsch vieler Schachfreunde die auch ein kleineres Buch brauchen habe ich das "Little Mainbook 1.0" erstellt. Es ist für den täglichen Gebrauch, enthält 270.000 Züge und die Tiefe beträgt maximal 24 Halbzüge so dass hier, auch wenn beide Engines mit dem gleichen Buch spielen, kein Limit gesetzt werden muss. Ich empfehle jedoch für das Spiel mit Programme der Spitzenklasse wie z. B. Shredder, The King oder Fruit die Verwendung des Mainbook 5.0 um strategisch noch wertvollere Mittelspielstellungen erreichen zu können.

Harry

 


 


February 18th, 2005

engines.ini version - 100 -

50, FQ

Pedro Beltran (Mexico) sent today engines.ini version - 100 - !!!

In engines.ini can be found the configurations for all available WB / UCI engines (at the moment more as 250 engines). This file should be add in the main directory of Arena. Arena will show you automatically each important information about author, country and configuration from the available engine. The work by Pedro is a very big help for us and we will give him our symbolic medal / award!

Pedro Beltran (Mexico), expert for configurations!

***  THANKS Pedro  ***

 

This message is News-Ticker message 50!
We produced since January 03th, 2005 in 46 days 50 news.

 


 


February 17th, 2005

Wilhelm 1.48 by Rafael B. Andrist!

49, FQ

I read that the developement of Wilhlem by Rafael B. Andrist (Switzerland) has stopped :-(
Of course a bad message because we loosed one of the interesting GUI developements!

Chess program Wilhelm 1.48 can be found under: http://www.geocities.com/rba_schach2000/

Rafael released his latest version for some days and wrote on his webpage:

v. 1.48
- support of the new EGTB format for 6-men, including 3-3 men with pawns.
   Multi-metric access to the metrics DTM, DTC, DTZ, DTC50, DTZ50.

Thanks for your contribution for the computer chess community!

 


 


February 17th, 2005

SlowChess, Crafty, DannChess, Frenzee, ELChinito, ZL

48, FQ

After the CCT-7 tournament (read News-Ticker message 43) some of the "stronger" available engines are updated!

01. SlowChess 2.96 by Jonathan Kreuzer (USA)
02. DanChess CCT-7 by Daniel Shavul (Ethiopia)
03. Frenzee CCT-7 by Sune Fischer (Denmark)
04. Crafty 19.19 by Prof. Dr. Robert Hyatt (USA)

Links can be found in our Engines, Link selection !!

Again, thanks to all engine programmers for your freely available work. The free area of computer chess is very strong today. More as 250 UCI / WB engines are available for free. Perhaps a reason that more and more clones are released?

Unfortunately, clones are the topics which produced always the biggest threads in popular computer chess fora. In all of these bigger discuss in the past the well-known self artists are on the first positions with a lot of comments. A good example was the clone discuss to ELChinito. ELChinito programmer Eugenio Castillo is working more as 12 years in chess programming. His older DOS program Eugen (playwing strenght = around 2.400 ELO) is a good example for Eugenio's fantastic work. A self artist search the sensation and used popular chess fora for his publication. It is a disgrace for the chess community and fora administrators to support such discuss to outstanding personalities, like Eugenio Castillo.

Again, we are speaking about a person, which made chess programming since more as 12 years!
This programmer got an attack from a lot of persons we know only from nonsens WWW forum messages. And all this without to speak with Eugenio "Face to Face". A lot of Manitou's are sitting in a small chambers and like it to used the keyboard for his wild fantasy. What can I say? Unfortunately, we are speaking from humans!

For months I delete ELChinito in the ATL-1 tournament for get more calm to this topic (ELChinito are a partner program of Arena Chess GUI). Fact is that Eugenio Castillo is working on his program and the results are just great. ELChinito made 250 nps (slow) on my Pentium IV 2.67 GHz Maxdata notebook but produce great results. Eugenio had rewritten the search (he are working a long time on it). I like the program ELChinito and the results of 13.5 : 3.5 vs. Crafty 19.18 with 40 moves in 20 minutes is very strong. I analyse the games and can find nothing which is to compare with Crafty. Crafty have simple no chance, its easy ...

Absolutely clear that in this case a wrong person got a shot across the bows and this isn't to apologise.

Today I hear, that a new program can be a clone from Crafty.
ZT by Josue Vazquez Torres (Puerto Rico).

For me is clear, that it isn't possible to create in a short time a really strong chess program. But it should be clear, that we can't adjudge each programmers with make a new and strong engine available. I don't know ZT but I must be a visionary to see the discuss we will get soon. A little bit sure instinct to the younger programmers is necessary or do you have interest to loosed young talents for the future of computer chess? We all made in young years mistakes, or do you a perfect guy? Not only the "older" programmers are the hero's in our area. The hero's are the young talents too and we have to give each person a chance. A mail in a critical case can be solved a lot bad discuss the self artists search and like. Thinking about it ...

I am sure that enough good natured genies are in the community and will helped younger programmers and the community in the future.
A small leak will sink a great ship!

 


 


February 17th, 2005

New ATL-2 pages modificated!
Arena website news

47, FQ

In the latest days I am working on the organisation for my new tournament and created the detail pages to ATL-2
Full Arena Chess GUI power on three machines ...

Heinz Walz reported in the latest year about his tournament system in different computer chess fora. Heinz is since a longer time sick and I can't wait of his great work and daily reported results. So I try to copy his tournament idea with the strongest 20 available WB / UCI engines. I will use the favorite time control from Gandalf programmer Steen Suurballe, 40 moves in 20 minutes. After around one year on three of my eight machines I can produce for each of the participant twenty engines more as 1.000 games. If you have interest you can visit from time to time the ATL-2 results. About the ATL-2 ratings I will report frequently in our News-Ticker.

I hope Heinz is on the mend.
I hear about sign of recovery.

ATL-System 1: Pentium IV 2.67GHz Mobile, Maxdata Notebook, 512Mb RAM, Windows XP Professional SP2, Arena 1.1 Chess GUI, 40 moves in 20 minutes, ponder = off, hyperthreading = on, 4-pieces tablebases, 4Mb cache, ~ max. 64Mb for hashtables.

ATL-System 2: AMD Athlon64 3.5GHz, Socket 939, overclocking to 225MHz FSB = 2.475 GHz, 1Gb RAM, Windows XP Home SP2, Arena 1.1 Chess GUI, 40 moves in 20 minutes, ponder = off, 4-pieces tablebases, 4Mb cache, ~ max. 128Mb for hashtables.

ATL-System 3: Xeon Dual 2.8GHz, FSB 533, 2GB RAM, Windows XP Professional SP2, Arena 1.1 Chess GUI, 40 moves in 20 minutes, ponder = on, hyperthreading = off, 5-pieces tablebases, 32Mb cache, ~ max. 256Mb for hashtables.

Visit the new ATL-2 detail sites !!

Furthermore, I am working on the Engines, Link selection.
(with links to the group of commercial engines).

 


 


February 17th, 2005

CSS-Online, first issue available

46, FQ

The German computer chess magazine CSS (Computer Schach & Spiele) released his first issue of CSS-Online.

CSS-Online: http://www.computerschach.de
The popular CSS forum: http://f23.parsimony.net/forum50826/ (find out more)

Different persons try to create here a good new and interesting online magazine. In times today it's nice to see that we can find interesting news about computer chess. The most are thinking only on the own news and activities and forget that the computer chess fans in the World are only a little group of persons which should work hand in hand. Each of this anomaly / specialty events we have to support. The first issue of CSS-Online is free available. You can test it ...

On CSS-Online webpage can be found much interesting downloads!

Example: 308 engines are included in the WM-Test by Manfred Meiler. You can download the results in *.xls (Excel) format. Of course a fantastic work by Manfred Meiler. The WM Test with 100 positions is created by Dr. Michael Gurevich & Heinz-Josef Schumacher (Germany).

We wish CSS good luck ...
  
with the new CSS-Online magazine!

Note:
New issues of the newspaper CSS are no longer available!
The online magazine replaced the newspaper!

 


 


February 17th, 2005

IPCCC 2005, countdown is running

45, FQ

Also a very good organised tournament is the IPCCC 2005 in Paderborn (Germany). On the list of participant programs we can find 16 engines. The clear favourite is Deep Shredder by TOP programmer Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, Germany. I am sure that Stefan doesn't need more titles and gave the other programmer a chance to win this tournament.

IPCCC-2005: Feb. 23rd-27th, 2005
List of participant programs:

Commercial: 01. Deep Shredder, 02. Gandalf (the top available programs today)
Non available engines: 03. Hydra, 04. Nexus, 05. Diep, 06. Ikarus, 07. IsiChess, 08. Matador, 09. Neurologic
Free available engines: 10. Quark, 11. Jonny, 12. Spike, 13. Patzer, 14. SOS, 15. Anaconda, 16. TheBaron

For the most are this non available versions of chess programs not very interesting, seven in only one tournament !!
Yes, this tournament is for the NON available / secret engine programmers very interesting :-)

   

But here are the more interesting Engines news:

01. Roland Pfister (Patzer) is working on a Chess960 version of Patzer and its possible that after the FRC WM in Mainz is a new Patzer version available.

02. Rudolf Huber (SOS) will released SOS.5 for Arena during the IPCCC or after the IPCCC.

03. The Spike programmers Volker Böhm and Ralf Schäfer will release the very strong new Spike version some weeks after the IPCCC 2005 in Paderborn.

 

Interview with Stefan Meyer-Kahlen

Special hint for Achilles :-) / Shredder programmer Stefan Meyer-Kahlen:
Movie Troy (Summary, Capital three ... in German):
"Achilles, Achilles ... Schau in die Gesichter dieser Männer, Du kannst hunderte (15) von Ihnen retten, mit einem einzigen Hieb Deines Schwertes (Endspieles) kannst Du diesen Krieg beenden,  lasse Sie zu Ihren Frauen (Rechnern) heimkehren"

Stefan, lasse den Anderen eine Chance und Sie werden glücklich zu Ihren Frauen heimkehren!
Na ja, ob die Frauen dann wirklich glücklich sind :-)

We wish all programmers ...
  
a lot of fun and good luck in Paderborn!

 


 


February 17th, 2005

The latest ATL-1 results, ATL-1 Elolist

44, FQ

Quark 2.35 by Thomas Mayer (Germany) won the latest ATL-1 tourney. A good omen for Thomas Mayer before the IPCCC 2005 will start (see News-Ticker message 45). The ATL-League runs over one year and produced 7.498 games (23 ATL tournaments) on Dual Xeon 2.8 GHz. I had a lot of fun with this tournament and the participant engines.

A little statistic:
Only 27 games with problems = 0.36%.
The most of the problems comes from engines (loosed on time games -most with Arasan-, crashes -most with -Amy-). In "ONLY" six cases Arena Chess GUI made troubles. This is a proof for the very good work by Arena programmer Martin Blume.

 

ATL-Main
ATL-1 League A (six tournaments)
ATL-1 League B (six tournaments)
ATL-1 League C (six tournaments)
ATL-1 Qualification (two tournaments)
ATL-1 Mixed / Cup (three tournaments)

ATL-1 ELO-List after 7.498 games
ATL-1 Replay-Zone
    (shortest 97 games, 1:0 and 0:1 up to 29 moves)

download 7498 games in *.pgn format (2.77 Mb)

 

Rank Engine Country Score Qu Th Gr Co Fa ET Jo Ne In Ar Am Ab Po Th Ph De Le Dr S-B
01 Quark 2.35 23.5/34 · · 10 00 =1 10 1= 11 1= 11 1= =1 11 =1 01 10 1= 10 11  379,50 
02 The Baron 1.50 23.0/34 01 · · 01 1= =1 1= 1= 1= 11 0= 11 01 =0 00 =1 11 11 11  376,25 
03 Gromit 3.82 21.5/34 11 10 · · 11 00 01 1= == 01 01 01 =1 11 == 10 == 11 =1  358,75 
04 Comet B68 20.0/34 =0 0= 00 · · 11 1= 01 =1 1= == 1= 10 =1 0= 01 =1 =1 11  317,75 
05 Fafis X 0.3a 19.0/34 01 =0 11 00 · · 0= 01 01 11 01 10 1= 0= 11 00 == 11 11  307,00 
06 ETChess 07.12.04 18.5/34 0= 0= 10 0= 1= · · 0= 1= 1= =0 00 01 11 =1 11 01 =1 1=  295,25 
07 Jonny 2.75 18.5/34 00 0= 0= 10 10 1= · · 01 10 00 11 01 1= 11 11 10 01 1=  292,25 
08 Nejmet 3.06 17.0/34 0= 0= == =0 10 0= 10 · · =0 1= 11 == == =1 0= == 01 11  271,75 
09 Insomniac 0.69a 16.5/34 00 00 10 0= 00 0= 01 =1 · · =1 == 00 == 01 1= 11 11 11  250,00 
10 Arasan 8.3 16.0/34 0= 1= 10 == 10 =1 11 0= =0 · · 0= 01 00 =1 =1 00 =1 =0  279,50 
11 Amy 0.87 16.0/34 =0 00 10 0= 01 11 00 00 == 1= · · 00 =1 =0 11 == 11 =1  253,25 
12 Abrok 5.0 15.5/34 00 10 =0 01 0= 10 10 == 11 10 11 · · 10 == =0 01 00 01  259,00 
13 Post Modernist 1010a 15.0/34 =0 =1 00 =0 1= 00 0= == == 11 =0 01 · · 1= 0= 11 01 00  254,00 
14 The Crazy Bishop 0052 14.5/34 10 11 == 1= 00 =0 00 =0 10 =0 =1 == 0= · · =1 00 00 11  251,00 
15 Phalanx 22 14.5/34 01 =0 01 10 11 00 00 1= 0= =0 00 =1 1= =0 · · 00 =1 =1  243,00 
16 Der Bringer 1.9 14.5/34 0= 00 == =0 == 10 01 == 00 11 == 10 00 11 11 · · 00 0=  242,50 
17 Leila 0.53h 13.0/34 01 00 00 =0 00 =0 10 10 00 =0 00 11 10 11 =0 11 · · 01  207,00 
18 Dragon 4.6 9.5/34 00 00 =0 00 00 0= 0= 00 00 =1 =0 10 11 00 =0 1= 10 · ·  148,75 



306 games played / Tournament finished
Tournament start: 2005.02.06, 23:20:58
Latest update: 2005.02.15, 14:01:32
Site/ Country: Schweich, Germany
Level: Turnier 40/10
Hardware: 4x Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.80GHz mit 2.047 MB Speicher
Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
Axon Benchmark: Axon-Benchmark-4 (00:00:38.9 sec.) [2367545 pps.] PowX= 7.376
Table created with:
Arena 1.1

 


 


February 17th, 2005

Zappa won CCT-7

43, FQ

Zappa by Anthony Cozzy (USA) won CCT-7 (detail page) tournament organized by Peter Skinner (Canada), engine programmers and some other persons.

Our main engine: SOS.for Arena made ranking 3-5 / 44 !

 

Congratulations to the programmers of Zappa and SOS!
And of course to the other participant programmers!

Notes:
The available ZAPPA version on the webpage by Volker Pittlik don't works on some machines!
SOS.5 for Arena is soon available!

The most amateur programmers like this ICC (chess server) tournament. This year 44 engine programmer participant! Unfortunately, it seems that the commercial programmers don't have interest on CCT. This is a pity because the internet presentation is a lot better as the official ICGA events. Peter Skinner does a great job and wrote an interesting longer text on the detail page to CCT-7. In the past Volker Richey works on the CCT internet presentation.

CC-Calendar is updated!