Introducing Dragon 14 by Komodo Chess
Mastermind GM Larry Kaufman introduces Komodo 14 by Komodo Chess
May 12, 2020
We have released Komodo 14.1 at komodochess.com. It is a significant strength improvement over 14, the last release, about 12 elo in MCTS mode and 10 elo in standard mode. Total gains from Komodo 13 (or 13.01) are about 55 elo in MCTS mode and 45 elo in standard mode. Part of the gain since Komodo 14 is due to free speedups, one of which requires a processor not older than 2008, so if your cpu is older than that just stick with Komodo 14. The improvements cover a wide range of issues, including extensions, null move, King Safety, time management, LMR, and many more. There is one new feature added since Komodo 13.3, "Armageddon" mode, which tells Komodo that White (or Black) must win, draws are scored as losses for that color. When draws are counted as losses for White, knowing this improves Komodo's performance as White by about 30 elo according to our tests. In Armageddon mode, the specified color (usually White) not only avoids clear draws, but adjusts Contempt by an amount we determined was most helpful for Armageddon play. Testing on one thread in Armageddon mode suggests that on a modern laptop, if White gets one minute total plus 1% increment, and Black gets half a minute plus 1% increment plus draw odds, then chances are fairly close to balanced. Other features added since Komodo 13 include more levels, Personalities, and Auto-Skill. Standard mode remains the strongest when Multi-PV is not in use, while MCTS mode is generally strongest when both are using Multi-PV.
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Minimum: 64-bit processor, Pentium 4 F-series, 1024 MB ram
Recommended: Processor with AVX2 strongly recommended (most computers since 2013 have this). No need for GPU.
Operating system: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX 10.7 or higher (Android version available only from Google).
Note: the program does not include a 'chessboard'. See Installation instructions.
Komodo/Dragon is three-time TCEC champion, the most prestigious online computer chess event, and has also won several CCT events and several World Championships.