So how did you suddenly come up with Houdini, which was from the start a very strong chess program? The secret of its success: I started with this idea to build the best chess engine that I could — and I was helped a lot by the open culture that has come with the Internet. In January , Houdini 1.
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I've written several private engines, mostly not too strong and not very complete.
The engine of Belgian programmer Robert Houdart finds tricks in places where the other engines can see nothing. According to its author, Houdini 3 applies a accelerated principal variation searchalso dubbed "Smart" Fail-High.
Some moves are examined 40 or 50 plies deep, other only five. Openings, Middlegame, Endgame Lessons. In the opening Houdini 3 demonstrates an even more subtle understanding of space and activity; in the middlegame the program spots quicker than before when pieces are in danger of being dominated; and in the endgame the right evaluations and solutions to problems are found much sooner thanks to a faster, deeper search.
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After the very demanding release of Houdini 3 I do hope to standare some time off for the family and to go out observing stars and planets with the big telescope.
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Other than the Computer Chess Wiki, which is an awesome resource for any aspiring chess engine developer, I must credit the Stockfish open source stzndard, which was the inspiration for the multi-threaded implementation of Houdini, and the IPPOLIT open source engine that provided a whole array of search and evaluation techniques.
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So how did you suddenly come up with Houdini, which was from the start a very strong chess program? That's over 50 points per year, a rate any human GM would be delighted with. Retrieved from " https: The work on Houdini started in The mirror was significantly delayed, and I was in a way looking for an outlet for the creative energy that was building up.
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This also explains why Houdini is already very strong at blitz time controls: It's mulhiprocessor to the instinct and experience of a strong human chess player — looking at just a handful of moves in a position, discarding nearly instantaneously and without thinking the 30 other moves.
The new version, Houdini 3, goes even further, providing the chess world with yet another increase in playing strength: Houdini introduces pure magic into the game of chess!
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