Houdini 6 is one of the strongest engines currently on the market and comes with fritz 15 interface. I found that the engine is quite strong and fun to play against. It works also great at analyzing my games. This engine is not only strong but also quick at thinking during play as well during analysis.
The standard edition has been updated to reflect the stronger modern computers. You no longer need to purchase the multiprocessor version that has support for up to 128 cores. With the standard version it will support up to 4 cores or 8 with hyper treading. One of the problems I did have with it is that it would not save the engine settings after exit. Every time I restart Houdini 6 I have to change the engines settings again to 4 cores and 4 gigs of hash memory. The fritz 15 interface is alright, not much different that the fritz 12 that I can see.
Here I play a blitz game against Houdini 6 at full strength and get caught quickly at the beginning and lose a piece. The game is then analyzed by Houdini for 10 mins.
I least i also got to queen in the end though it didn’t matter. It was a full and well played game by Houdini. The analysis is also very thorough for just 10 mins of analysis.
In conclusion this is one of the strongest and up to date engine money can buy. Even the standard edition is not cheap and there are some strong free engines available as well. If you own a quad core computer and are looking for a paid solution for game analysis this could be for you. The gameplay and analysis is solid as you would expect from paid software. I would recommend that you to get it on sale if you really want it.
I did get this software to hopefully do some database management and analyses some games. Here are a few of the good quality of this software. It does come with a database of over 6 million games.including 34 with annotations. There is also 400000 correspondence games and 2000 commented games. There is a fun quest mode that you get to train in various positions. you also get to gain experience to advance levels by completing quests of winning games. Plenty of puzzles are also present with many different subjects. You can also play against the chess engine at many different levels up to grandmaster level strength.
Here are some of the downside aspects of my Chess King Platinum 2017 with Houdini 5 review. I have 3 main concerns that are quite annoying. The first one is that my anti-virus and Houdine5.exe are not friends at all. I have Trend Micro and I have added it to the exception list. It still keeps blocking it and I must close my anti-virus before use. Luckily I don’t have the same problem with Houdini 6. Another very related problem is that chess King will not let me install other engines the mitigate the anti-virus problem. My biggest contentions are the anti-virus issue and the price. For example the chess analysis is better with other free engines like Stockfish 8.
In conclusion I would definitely not recommend this to anyone. Though there is some limited use in the fact that is fun to play to gain levels and experience other than ELO rating. Also there is a good database of games that comes with it. On the other hand, there is a better free option for everything I just mentioned. So don’t waste your money on this one, its not worth it. Thanks for reading and I hope that you have enjoyed my Chess King Platinum 2017 with Houdini 5 review.
I decided to try Deep Rybka to analyze my chess games and I am glad I did. Though initially hesitant because of the high price, I made the leap and now I am using it evey day. I primarily bought it to do analysis on my games. I wanted something very reliable that would give me accurate information.
Deep Rybka 4 is also a good engine to play against. It also comes with a database of over 1.5 million games by very strong players. I also find myself enjoying the chess games in the training section. I do find the database management a bit tedious since you have to copy your game then paste them in your database in a new window. They should have made an effort here but it is the fritz 12 interface that is to blame.
Deep Rybka 4 is currently set to use uses 8 cores with 7347Mb of Ram on a quad core i4820k processor. The number of core to use and ram settings are fully adjustable. The playing strength is amazing as one would expect. It also came with the Rybka 960 engine for both 960 chess play and analysis. Playing 960 versus Deep Rybka is both fun and challenging. It does seem to have some issues with certain starting positions where it will not start. I did get this for analysis so here is an example of me playing Deep Rybka 4 at full strength in a blitz game as well as a game analysis.
In conclusion I would say that if you are looking for a very good analysis tool with natural language this is an awesome choice. There are a lot of strong chess engines out there but not many give you in depth analysis with natural language. This is not cheap but I think the cost is worth it if you are looking to analyze your games with a strong chess engine. Analysis is a good tool that can be used to improve the weaknesses in your game. This is by far my best tool for the job. I hope you enjoyed my Deep Rybka 4 multiprocessor version review.