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Houdini 5 StandardHoudini 5 Standard.
Type: SOFTWARE. Detail: CB ENGINES. Product Code: CBSP-HO5SMDVD.
Retail Price: AUD $99.95 (includes GST)
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Houdini 5 brings a rejuvenated and reinvigorated engine to the board, weighing in at a staggering 200 Elo points stronger than Houdini 4! This represents a practically inconceivable jump in playing strength by todays standards, and one that programmer Robert Houdart was only able to achieve by implementing a range of new techniques and ideas.A decisive factor here is the completely redesigned evaluation function, which has been retuned to better take king safety and piece play into account. Houdinis unique playing style is the result of a cunning combination of aggressive playing ideas and healthy positional and strategic understanding. What makes playing and analysing with Houdini 5 particularly exciting is the sheer plethora of ideas it comes up with the program has all the hallmarks of unbridled creativity. Where other engines see no way to make progress, or head towards a draw, not infrequently, Houdini conjures up hidden and surprising resources!As opposed to its predecessor, Houdini 5 is more selective when arriving at candidate moves, which enables it to reach higher search depths. This modification pays off in all stages of the game, but particularly so when it comes to the endgame. For perfect endgame play, Houdini 5 can use the SyzygyTablebases (available on 4 DVDs as Endgame Turbo 4) combined with the Nalimov Tablebases, and is thus always able to find the quickest way to mate. Houdini 5 also uses the lazy SMP algorithm, meaning it is able to achieve better results on multiprocessor systems than ever before. Houdini 5 Pro Engine (A multiprocessor engine capable of supporting up to 6 cores and 4 GB of RAM.)The latest Fritz 15 program interfacePremium membership to playchess.com and Premium for your ChessBase Account (6 months)Online access to the worlds largest analysis database, Lets Check, with over 200 million deeply analyzed positions 6 months. System requirements: Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7/8, DirectX9, graphics card with 256 MB RAM, DVDROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and internet access. Recommended: PC Intel i5 (Quadcore), 8 GB RAM, Windows 10 or 8.1, DirectX10, graphics card with 512 MB RAM or more, 100% DirectX10 compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVDROM drive and internet access System requirements for ChessBase account: Internet access and current browser, e.g. Chrome, Safari. For Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, Linux.
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