11 April 2022

TCEC Stockfish; CCC Stockfish

In the previous fortnightly post on the world's leading engine vs. engine competitions, The TCEC/CCC Hegemony (March 2022), I established that Stockfish is starting to look uunbeatable. Here's a summary of that post:-

TCEC: In S22 DivP, Stockfish finished a half point ahead of KomodoDragon, which finished three points ahead of LCZero. First there will be an 'Infrafinal' between the engines that finished 3rd and 4th in DivP. Then follows the 'Superfinal' between Stockfish and KomodoDragon. • CCC: Dragon is currently getting crushed by Stockfish in the 'CCC17 Rapid Final' match.

Did I jump the gun on Stockfish? Let's look at the current situation.

TCEC: In the S22 Infrafinal, LCZero beat rofChade +21-1=28. Yes, LCZero lost only one game, confirming a large difference in strength between the top three engines and the rest of the pack.

In the S22 Superfinal, Stockfish is beating KomodoDragon +12-3=17. Extrapolating this gives a final score of +38-9=53. This confirms a large difference in strength between Stockfish and the next two engines. In the previous 'Hegemony' post, I wrote,

Then follows a 'Subfi' (Subfinal?) between the winner of the 'Infrafinal' and the loser of the 'Superfinal', probably LCZero and KomodoDragon.

Neither of the two matches after S22 DivP produced any suspense. What will the third match bring?

CCC: In the 'CCC17 Rapid Final' match, Stockfish beat Dragon +91-28=181. As the footnote below says, 'Dragon = KomodoDragon', making Stockfish a likely double winner -- both TCEC and CCC-- over Dragon. In the 'Hegemony' post, I also wrote,

In 2022, Stockfish is the engine to beat. Between Lc0 and Dragon, it's a tossup. Other engines are far behind.

After the TCEC S22 Subfi match, we'll know if 'tossup' is the right word. If KomodoDragon beats LCZero convincingly, all suspense will have disappeared.

Back to the CCC, the site is currently running the 'CCC17 Bullet Qualification'. And so a new cycle begins once again with most of the suspense happening in the preliminary events.

[For further information from the various stakeholders in the engine-to-engine events, see the tab 'TCEC/CCC Links' at the top of this page. • NB: Leela = LC0 = LCzero; Dragon = KomodoDragon]

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