Introducing Komodo 14.1
Komodo mastermind GM Larry Kaufman introduces Komodo 14.1
November 2, 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.
What is the 'Komodo 14.1 + one year subscription'?
This option is for chess players who need the strongest possible engine. We release updates to Komodo three to five times per year. The subscription is basically Komodo 14.1 plus these 3-5 updates for a discount. The subscription will include the shortly to be released “Dragon” version using NNUE technology and updates to it for the year.
Note: Komodo 14.1 is available for immediate download after purchase. Log in to My Account to download.
- Chess Assistant
- Hiarcs Chess Explorer
- Shredder (Classic)
Minimum: 64-bit processor, Pentium 4 F-series, 1024 MB ram
Operating system: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX 10.5.8 or higher (available only from Google).
Note: Komodo does not include a 'chessboard'. See .
Komodo is three-time TCEC champion, the most prestigious online computer chess event, and has also won several CCT events and several World Championships.
- Evaluation developed by a Grandmaster
- Multi-core support (up to 128 cores)
Version 14.1 is a free upgrade for those who purchased Komodo 14. To upgrade, login to your account and download Komodo 14 (it will include the Komodo 14.1 binaries).
Note to people who purchased Komodo 13 or later version on komodochess.com: Thanks for your continued support. You get a 20% discount.
The discount is applied during checkout