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Stage 1a and 1b groups for TCEC

TCEC Season 8 graphics created by Santiago Mendez

TCEC Season 8 graphics created by Santiago Mendez

Starts today at 16:00 CET live here

The Top Chess Engine Championship TCEC Season 8 is scheduled to start this August 21st. The world’s best computer chess software engines will compete through three stages and a final to decide the 2015 TCEC Grand Champion.

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The event begins with the engines divided into two groups – Stage 1a and 1b. Each consists of 12 engines. Each group format is a single round robin. There is no opening book in use here, so the engines are on their own from move 1. The top 6 from each group will move on to Stage 2, while the rest are out of TCEC for the current Season. For Stage 1, the time control is 90 minutes + 30 seconds added per move for the whole game.

Update: in a last minute substitution, Exchess will play instead of Arminius. The later was showing certain instability, forfeiting games on time during the test phase.

For engine versions and full rules, check out the complete information for the Season 8 or visit the official website

Stage 1a participants

Engine

 ELO

Komodo

3213

Fire

3122

Gull

3118

Ginkgo

3066

Protector

2982

Texel

2963

Jonny

2941

Cheng4

2793

Fruit

2789

Gaviota

2781

Exchess

2714

Arasan

2678

Average ELO: 2930

 

Stage 1b participants

Engine

 ELO

Stockfish

3216

Houdini

3190

Nirvana

3032

Chiron

3024

Equinox

3015

Junior

3000

Hannibal

2963

Pedone

2830

Nightmare

2797

Scorpio

2804

The Baron

2753

Alfil

2525

Average ELO: 2929

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