After 10 rounds (2RR) the crosstable is
And I thought that a Komodo-Stockfish final was guaranteed. Now we have a real fight on our hands and the tension is rising.
Draw rate is up to 50%. There were many draws in the reverse matches. Although Cato promised unbalanced openings only one opening resulted in two same color wins. The most common result was win+draw, showing that the openings can be defended if played right (against a weaker opponent). To me this is an indication that the openings were chosen well. Well done Cato!! Let's hope the next openings work out just as well.
Stockfish reverted to the stage 2 version and it is doing ok (3/5) so far. The newer version gave 1.5 points to opponents by losing on time, and I hope Stockfish will be able to compensate for that in the following rounds. Gull is currently leading without loss, drawing most of its games but still winning a few. It would be a big surprise if it reaches the superfinal, but if it stays unbeaten this could happen.
There were several long boring draws. In particular Hannibal drew against Protector and Houdini (record 212 moves). One of the reasons for these long draws is that Hannibal is using a contempt of -0.16, making it more cautious. This has a side effect that a drawn position gets an eval of 0.16, too high for the TCEC draw rule, so draws are not adjudicated early.
Protector-Houdini, round 7
Game on TCEC archive
The game reached a RR vs Q with pawns ending after 40 moves. After most pawns were taken the following position was reached: