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Victorious 30th Engine Master by Tie-Break

It's his 4th Engine Master title after winning the 3rd, 4th and 23rd EM Tournament, and like the two previous times he was a lucky tie-break winner. But luck has not always been on Victorious side, Gerrit Hoogeven from the Netherlands also lost two tie-breaks and came up 2nd in the 1st and 5th EMT. All in all he is one of the all-time engine champions on Infinity Chess. Only one player has won more titles, exactly five, that is Paul, Syed Asad Ali (13th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 25th EMT).

There was a slight reduction of draws in the 30th Engine Masters Tournament. Instead of 85 % only 82,7 %. That looks like not worth talking about, but it felt like more, as the decided games (34 in total) spread over all rounds, and the outcome of the tournament was open til the very end, with a couple of players who had good chances now then.

The only player who looked like a hot favourite most of the time - at least til round 10 - was Xeonrocks, Prasanth Krishnachari from England, but his two wins (one against the somewhat weakened Medusa) proved to be not enough even for the second rank. Instead of him did PublicEnemyN1, William Fuller from the USA, quite amazingly took his chance with three wins in round 8, 9 and 11.

75 % of the 196 games belonged to e4-openings, though not always starting with 1.e4. For example did 1.Nf3 (Victorious) ...c5 2.e4 also lead to the same type of open games just by different move order. But that does not mean better statistical chances for a white win compared to d4 and other closed openings. The percentage of wins was the same for those rarely played set-ups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player

Engine

Rating

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5

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9

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13

TPoints

BH

SBP

1

Victorious

Houdini 6

2492

+41

=/24

=/19

=/15

=/17

=/26

1/20

1/4

=/3

=/5

=/7

=/6

=/2

1/13

8.0/13

76

 

2

PublicEnemyN1

Stockfish_17120614

2501

+42

=/21

=/26

=/16

=/20

=/14

=/15

=/17

1/19

1/4

=/3

1/5

=/1

=/8

8.0/13

75.5

 

3

xeonrocks

asmFishW

2505

+8

1/30

=/4

1/17

=/5

=/7

=/13

=/10

=/1

=/6

=/2

=/11

=/8

=/9

7.5/13

 

 

4

fati64

BrainFish_171206

2517

-8

1/25

=/3

1/5

=/7

=/13

=/14

0/1

1/21

0/2

=/11

=/10

=/6

=/16

7.0/13

78

47.5

5

CrapCleaner

Raubfisch ME262

2494

 

1/28

1/15

0/4

=/3

=/16

=/7

=/21

1/13

=/1

=/6

0/2

=/11

=/10

7.0/13

78

46.25

6

Gilgamesch

BrainFish_171005

2461

+23

=/20

=/21

=/12

=/23

=/18

=/25

=/22

1/9

=/3

=/5

=/1

=/4

=/7

7.0/13

76.5

48.25

7

Time_bandit

asmFishW_20171119

2472

+14

=/29

1/8

=/14

=/4

=/3

=/5

=/13

=/10

=/16

=/1

=/15

=/20

=/6

7.0/13

76.5

47.25

8

Marsell

asmFishW_20171207

2473

+8

=/10

0/7

=/29

=/27

=/24

=/11

1/28

=/18

=/12

=/9

1/26

=/3

=/2

7.0/13

74.5

 

9

Murx

kt-1973.00 (Komodo) Houdini 6
asmFishW_20171119

2472

+9

=/14

=/12

=/18

=/22

=/25

=/19

=/23

0/6

1/30

=/8

=/24

1/29

=/3

7.0/13

74

 

10

MCDermont

Komodo 11.2.2 BrainFish_090717

2368

+50

=/8

=/29

=/11

0/13

1/27

1/30

=/3

=/7

=/14

=/16

=/4

=/15

=/5

7.0/13

73.5

 

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Dovahkiin

Raubfisch ME262 BrainFish_171206

2374

+44

=/18

=/13

=/10

=/24

=/23

=/8

=/29

=/27

1/28

=/4

=/3

=/5

=/14

7.0/13

73

43.75

12

KhalidOmar

Eman140b/Eman141
(Stockfish)

2464

+10

=/16

=/9

=/6

=/21

=/22

=/18

=/19

=/25

=/8

=/23

=/29

=/14

1/30

7.0/13

73

42.75

13

Ryzen

Houdini 6

2400

+26

=/19

=/11

=/24

1/10

=/4

=/3

=/7

0/5

=/25

1/27

=/14

=/16

0/1

6.5/13

76.5

 

14

MGR

asmFishW_20171119

2536

-25

=/9

=/17

=/7

=/16

=/2

=/4

=/26

=/15

=/10

=/22

=/13

=/12

=/11

6.5/13

76

44.25

15

HerzsjeMZ

BrainFish_171206

2496

-5

1/32

0/5

=/1

=/26

=/20

=/2

=/16

=/14

=/22

=/17

=/7

=/10

=/18

6.5/13

76

37.5

16

Akhtar

Cryptic Heroes 5.9b

2521

-15

=/12

=/20

=/2

=/14

=/5

=/26

=/15

=/17

=/7

=/10

=/22

=/13

=/4

6.5/13

75.5

 

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Harry_Potter

asmFishW_20171210
Stockfish_17120507

2484

-4

1/27

=/14

0/3

=/1

=/19

=/22

=/2

=/16

=/26

=/15

=/20

=/18

=/28

6.5/13

75

 

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SkyPilot

Stockfish_171206

2474

-4

=/11

=/22

=/9

=/19

=/6

=/12

=/25

=/8

=/21

=/26

=/23

=/17

=/15

6.5/13

74

43.25

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KRAKEN

Raubfisch ME262

2480

-15

=/13

=/1

=/22

=/18

=/17

=/9

=/12

0/2

=/23

=/30

=/28

=/24

1/29

6.5/13

74

39.5

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Susanne

Stockfish_171206

2517

-24

=/6

=/16

=/26

=/2

=/15

0/1

=/30

=/23

=/27

1/29

=/17

=/7

=/22

6.5/13

73.5

 

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ocirema

Stockfish_17120615

2441

+3

=/2

=/6

=/23

=/12

=/28

1/24

=/5

0/4

=/18

=/25

=/30

=/27

=/26

6.5/13

73

40.75

22

XXAAXX

BrainFish X4_081217

2476

+1

=/31

=/18

=/19

=/9

=/12

=/17

=/6

=/26

=/15

=/14

=/16

=/25

=/20

6.5/13

73

39.75

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Katzenmaier

Raubfisch X37

2440

+1

=/26

=/24

=/21

=/6

=/11

=/28

=/9

=/20

=/19

=/12

=/18

=/30

=/27

6.5/13

71.5

40.25

24

NINJA_JENGKA

Houdini 6

2426

+1

=/1

=/23

=/13

=/11

=/8

0/21

=/27

=/30

=/29

1/28

=/9

=/19

=/25

6.5/13

71.5

39.25

25

Vimtiroba

Stockfish_071217

2454

-5

0/4

=/30

=/28

1/29

=/9

=/6

=/18

=/12

=/13

=/21

=/27

=/22

=/24

6.5/13

70.5

 

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incredible

Houdini 6

2497

-23

=/23

=/2

=/20

=/15

=/1

=/16

=/14

=/22

=/17

=/18

0/8

=/28

=/21

6.0/13

 

 

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miguello

Stockfish_171206

2401

-26

0/17

=/28

=/30

=/8

0/10

=/29

=/24

=/11

=/20

0/13

=/25

=/21

=/23

5.0/13

71.5

 

28

hafaba

asmFishW_20171126

2430

-38

0/5

=/27

=/25

1/30

=/21

=/23

0/8

=/29

0/11

0/24

=/19

=/26

=/17

5.0/13

71

 

29

Tiamat

Houdini 6

2329

-14

=/7

=/10

=/8

0/25

=/30

=/27

=/11

=/28

=/24

0/20

=/12

0/9

0/19

4.5/13

 

 

30

Medusa

Komodo 11.2.2

2443

-66

0/3

=/25

=/27

0/28

=/29

0/10

=/20

=/24

0/9

=/19

=/21

=/23

0/12

4.0/13

 

 

31

IronMan

Komodo 11.2.2

2388

+4

=/22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.5/1

 

 

32

KULLANI

tockfish_171206

2432

-13

0/15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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