After five rounds, the Grand Champion Komodo (ELO 3225), the three time champion Houdini, and the bronze medalist from last season Gull are leading the tournament with 4,5/5. This is a full point ahead of Ginkgo and Rybka with 3,5/5.
The battle for the 8 positions giving qualification will be, as expected, the highlight of the group stage. Protector, Raptor, and Texel are deservedly at 6th-8th position with 3,0/5 after beautiful chess in the first rounds. They are closely followed by Fizbo and Hannibal with 2,5/5 and Bobcat with 2.0/5.
The rest of the engines – DisasterArea, Laser, Hakkapeliitta, Myrddin, and Fridolin are forming a competition of their own and every small step is a big victory for these new ambitious engines.
Solid battles are coming this Sunday evening and on Monday. Some of the highlights include:
Game 44: Houdini vs Ginkgo
Game 46: Raptor vs Rybka
Game 47: Komodo vs Hannibal
Game 51: Rybka – Komodo
Game 52: Texel vs Raptor
Game 54: Gull vs Houdini
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