Houdini 6 PRO
Welcome to the Houdini Chess Engine home page. Houdini is a state-of-the-art chess engine for Windows combining outstanding positional evaluation with the most sophisticated search algorithm.
The name Houdini was chosen because of the engine's positional style, its tenacity in difficult positions and its ability to defend stubbornly and escape with a draw – sometimes by the narrowest of margins. On the other hand Houdini will often use razor-sharp tactics to deny its opponents escape routes when it has the better position.
Each Houdini release since December 2010 has been leading the major computer chess rating lists and has been widely considered to be the strongest chess engine money can buy. From numerous interviews it appears that many top Grand Masters including chess World Champions use and appreciate Houdini.
The Chess Club Live Facebook page phrased it like this: "If there ever was a computer descendant of the romantic players like Morphy, Anderssen, Spielmann, Marshall, Bogoljubow, Tal, Nezhmetdinov, Shirov, Morozevich it would be Houdini. Houdini is the current World number 1 chess engine and plays in a very romantic style."
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- Houdini 6.02 (20171001): Maintenance update with Polyglot book support.
- Houdini 6.01 (20170924): Maintenance update with Nalimov EGTB correction and new output option.
- Houdini 6 (20170915): Major new version. Improved search and evaluation (+50-60 Elo), enhanced multi-threading.
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