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- - By Martin Thoresen Date 2011-04-25 23:30 Edited 2011-04-25 23:41
Hello everyone,

I want to thank all the people that followed the previous seasons.
Perhaps not a big surprise: the Elite Matches had the highest
interest of all events during those two seasons.

Therefore in season 3 a number of changes will be implemented. The
system will go from a division based one to a "last engine standing" type.
There will be 4 stages before the Elite Match. So now you can see
Houdini & all the other strong engines in action already in the first event
of a season.

The TCEC website has been redesigned to accommodate all changes.

Stage 1:
7 round swiss, 32 engines. Top 16 move on to stage 2.

Stage 2a & 2b:
8 engines in each playing a double round robin with switched colors.
The top 4 from 2a and 2b move on to stage 3.

Stage 3:
8 engines playing a double round robin with switched colors.
The top 4 move on to stage 4.

Stage 4:
4 engines playing a hexa round robin with switched colors.
The top 2 moves on.

Elite Match
The top 2 from stage 4 meet in a 48-game Elite Match.

The time control from season 2 has been kept (150' + 30"),
except that in the swiss (stage 1) it is reduced to 90' + 30".

Ratings have also been implemented, they will be automatically calculated
after each game. The base is CEGT 40/20 and CCRL 40/40 1 CPU lists.
Since many engines in TCEC use 6 cores their ratings should most likely
increase a bit over the long run. Ratings will be kept for all seasons,
and if an engine is updated to a new version the new version will inherit
the rating of the old version. This way you can follow your favorite eninge
in the TCEC system.

For all small and big changes I recommend reading the updated Info page
on my site:

There's also a brand new archive for season 2:

Stage 1 will start Friday 29th of April at 19:00 CEST.

Parent - By Thomas M├╝ller Date 2011-04-27 17:10
Hi Martin,

good idea!
i'm sure that is something more exciting than before!

regards thomas
Parent - - By Michael Huber Date 2011-04-27 17:40
Hi Martin,
first of all thank you very much for your wonderful tourny - I like it a lot

I read you idea for the new seaon - sounds also very nice and interesting.

I just wonder if 7 rounds in swiss tournay at stage 1 are enough to get the best 16 engines in the end.
On the other hand it is also nice to have some suprises here and there.....

All the best, Michael
Parent - By Martin Thoresen Date 2011-04-27 21:46
Michael & Thomas,
Thank you for following TCEC!

No, 7 rounds are definitely not enough to make only the 16 strongest engine qualify.
But I like the idea that we might have surprises... makes it less predictable than before.

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