Friday, November 11, 2016

Season 9 superfinal has started !!

After a very long wait the season 9 superfinal is on its way. New versions of Stockfish and Houdini will play 100 games to decide the TCEC champion. Can Houdini make a magical comeback to the days it was the best engine in the world? It won the rapid tournament convincingly. Will Stockfish repeat its stage 3 performance and remain unbeaten for the whole season? After two losses to Komodo in the season 7 and season 8 superfinals it has a chance to win a second title, Komodo hasn't even qualified.

The season 9 superfinal was delayed for three weeks, and very little information was given to the fans about the reasons for the delay. Anton from chessdom did not post updates in the chat or on the facebook page and the fans were getting restless. Even Martin was not happy, it really felt bad to see the founder not happy with its creation. In the end a new server was obtained, this time with 44 cores, both engines submitted new versions and the games are back. The fans are happy, I'm happy, go TCEC.

The superfinal started at the exact same moment the Carlsen-Karjakin world championship started. Coincidence? I don't know but it is going to be hard to keep up with these two events, the best human and computer chess have to offer at this time.

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