Blog "Chess Engines Diary" - needs a new laptop for chess engine tests

♔ We use for testing only 2 old laptops:
1. Acer - Intel Core i3-3217U ( 5 years old)
2. Lenovo - Intel Core i7-4710MQ is over 3 years old (He works 24 hours a day)

♕♞ A modern laptop that will be designed only for chess engine tests costs (with software) about $ 1000-1200 (4200-4500 PLN). We will no longer invest private money, and chess engine testing costs are big. That is why we are starting the collection for the purchase of a laptop for testing.

♕ Our blog "Chess Engines Diary" is visited by around 2,000-3.000 users daily. If only everyone paid 1 dollar - we will pay the required amount in one day!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Floyd 0.8 - UCI chess engine. New version!

Floyd - UCI chess engine
( for Windows, Linux and Mac).


Marcel van Kervinck 

Version 0.8

Main changes:

Gained approximately 150 elo at fast time controls

More attractive playing style, mainly due to evaluation

Improved timecontrol for very fast fames with zero increment 

Under the hood:

Recapture extension and single reply extension

Saner evaluation for passers and king attacks

Added pawn/king table to keep speed roughly unchanged

3x improved precision of built-in benchmark

Removal of needless SAN parser 


  1. Hello Barbara.

    Could you please replace that logo with the official one? The artwork in the one you use is copyrighted material for which the rights are not available. I strongly recommend against copyright infringement by sticking to the logo that is part of the distribution.

    Marcel (author of Floyd)