Third division of the Top Chess Engine Championship proves to be more exciting than anyone expected. At the halfway point of the event, the battles for the first position, the qualification positions, the medals, and even the relegation are no where near decided and anything can happen in the remaining 56 games.
Fritz and Laser lead the event with 9,5/14. In the direct matches the engines achieved draws (replay Laser – Fritz and Fritz – Laser). Against the opposition Fritz did not lose a single game, thus making five wins and and nine draws. Laser is with more colorful performance. It has seven wins, two losses, and five draws.
The middle of the table is also balanced. Pedone, Defenchess, Nemorino, and Senpai are within 0,5 points. A wrong step can push any of the engines towards a division medal or relegation.
ChessBrainVB and Ethereal are at the last two positions. Being only 1,5 points from the opposition, they can hope for staying in the division in case of good play in the second half.
Div 3 standings after 14 rounds
1. Fritz 9,5/14
2. Laser 9,5/14
3. Pedone 7,0/14
4. Defenchess 7,0/14
5. Nemorino 6,5/14
6. Senpai 6,5/14
7. ChessBrainVB 5,0/14
8. Ethereal 5,0/14