The TCEC – Season 7 final stage has just started and only Stockfish, modification 141214, (3218) and Komodo 1333 (3210) made it to the Superfinal, while the rest of the engines are out of TCEC for the current season.
Stockfish and Komodo are Superfinal rivals for third consecutive season. Komodo was granted the title TCEC Grand champion in the Season 5, but Stockfish got it back in the Season 6.
After Stage 4 has finished, the top 2 engines will meet in a Superfinal of 64 games. This match is played with 32 different openings so that each engine plays both black and white of the same position. The match will be presented with opening 1 used in games 1 and 2, then opening 2 used in games 3 and 4 etc. If the match is theoretically won for one side before game 64, the match will still continue until all 64 games have been played. In the case of a drawn match there will be a rapid match of 16 games with a time control of 25′ + 10″ with random openings selected from earlier in the same Season. In case it is still tied there will be a Blitz match of 8 games with a time control of 3″ + 2′. When the Superfinal is over, the current Season ends.
The TCEC Grand Champion
The winner of the Superfinal will be crowned the TCEC Grand Champion and will keep this title until there is a winner in the next Superfinal. There is no automatic qualification for the reigning Grand Champion, it will have to go all the way through the next Season for it to be able to defend the title.
TCEC so far