Enter Houdini, exit Rybka! Indeed!! As reported by us the new -free- Houdini chess engine has beaten commercial chess engine Rybka in a straight match over fourty games.
<p><strong><a href=’http://www.thechessmind.net/blog/2011/2/8/houdini-15a-defeats-rybka-4-235-165.html’>The <b>Chess</b> Mind – The <b>Chess</b> Mind Blog – <b>Houdini</b> 1.5a Defeats Rybka <b>…</b></a></strong></p><p>Assuming this result is meaningful*, it’s not clear if this is good news or bad news for <b>chess</b> fans. Superficially, it’s great news, because it costs money to buy Rybka while anyone can freely download <b>Houdini</b>. BUT: There seems to be a …</p><p><b>Publish Date:</b>&nbsp;02/08/2011 22:33</p><p><font color=’007000′>http://www.thechessmind.net/blog/2011/2/8/houdini-15a-defeats-rybka-4-235-165.html</font></p>
<p><strong><a href=’http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2011/02/houdini-beats-rybka-in-40-game-match.html’>Susan Polgar <b>Chess</b> Daily News and Information: <b>Houdini</b> beats Rybka <b>…</b></a></strong></p><p>In this position, two human <b>chess</b> players, take for granted a draw. 8/4b3/8/8/1p4Kp/8/P1B5/6k1 w – – 0 49. Evaluation of Rybka 0.61. Evaluation of <b>Houdini</b> 0.17 (nearest to the reality) This game is ended after other 47 useless moves. …</p><p><b>Publish Date:</b>&nbsp;02/07/2011 5:35</p><p><font color=’007000′>http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2011/02/houdini-beats-rybka-in-40-game-match.html</font></p>
<p><strong><a href=’http://chessmaterial.blogspot.com/2011/01/houdini-chess-engine.html’>საქართველოს გაუმარჯოს: <b>Houdini Chess</b> Engine</a></strong></p><p><b>Houdini Chess</b> Engine. Houdini 1.5a is widely considered to be the strongest chess engine on the planet. 2010.01.17 This is an extract of the first 23 engines. All engines had the same opponents and same openings. This might be the most …</p><p><b>Publish Date:</b>&nbsp;01/22/2011 10:04</p><p><font color=’007000′>http://chessmaterial.blogspot.com/2011/01/houdini-chess-engine.html</font></p>
<p><strong><a href=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0QoKQ9nlTw&feature=youtube_gdata’>houdini (brancas) vs stockfish (negras) resultado 0-1.wmv</a></strong></p><p>a engine houdini de brancas perde para stockfish de pretas</p><p><object width=’480′ height=’360′><param name=’movie’ value=’http://www.youtube.com/v/Z0QoKQ9nlTw?f=videos&app=youtube_gdata’></param><param name=’allowFullScreen’ value=’true’></param><param name=’allowscriptaccess’ value=’always’></param><embed src=’http://www.youtube.com/v/Z0QoKQ9nlTw?f=videos&app=youtube_gdata’ type=’application/x-shockwave-flash’ allowscriptaccess=’always’ allowfullscreen=’true’ width=’480′ height=’360′></embed></object></p>
<p><strong><a href=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQqVuKttt2A&feature=youtube_gdata’>Rybka 4 64-bit vs Houdini 1.03a 64-bit (BEST MATCH!)</a></strong></p><p>It’s a kind of Big Match.</p><p><object width=’480′ height=’360′><param name=’movie’ value=’http://www.youtube.com/v/UQqVuKttt2A?f=videos&app=youtube_gdata’></param><param name=’allowFullScreen’ value=’true’></param><param name=’allowscriptaccess’ value=’always’></param><embed src=’http://www.youtube.com/v/UQqVuKttt2A?f=videos&app=youtube_gdata’ type=’application/x-shockwave-flash’ allowscriptaccess=’always’ allowfullscreen=’true’ width=’480′ height=’360′></embed></object></p>
<img align=’left’ hspace=’5′ vspace=’5′ src=’http://a1.twimg.com/profile_images/569785504/n589087998_6317_normal.jpg’></img><div>#chess: Free Houdini beats commercial Rybka 23.5-16.5 : ChessVibes <font color=”#0000ff”><u><a href=”http://t.co/7levdN8″>http://t.co/7levdN8</a></u></font> a new king is born?</div><p>By <font color=’#339900′><a href=’http://twitter.com/MontoyaInigo’>MontoyaInigo</a></font> at 02/10/2011 14:54</p>
<img align=’left’ hspace=’5′ vspace=’5′ src=’http://a0.twimg.com/profile_images/84250376/chess11_normal.jpg’></img><div>Houdini beats Rybka in 40 game match: Live chess broadcast powered by ChessBomb and Chessdom  Houdini – Rybka LI… <font color=”#0000ff”><u><a href=”http://bit.ly/g3l4nq”>http://bit.ly/g3l4nq</a></u></font></div><p>By <font color=’#339900′><a href=’http://twitter.com/chessnews’>chessnews</a></font> at 02/07/2011 5:38</p>
So there we have it. The king is dead, long live the king! Now let’s hope the Houdini chess engine stays available for free, at least for a while….