Houdini Chess Engine

Houdini 2.0c is now available! It's superb - I've tried to match it with Fritz 12 in a 3 round matches and won all of them. Super fast on a Vista, 2.1 Gz, 4RAM system. Tactically brilliant & positionally 'kick-a*s'. Have you try it yet? Tell me in the comments - what's your favorite chess engine?

Freely available

There are hundreds of freely available chess engines which conform to one of the above communication protocols. Many run on Windows or are open source. The top 10 strongest, freely available engines are listed here.[18] 
Engine (strongest version)Author (Country)Elo
Houdini v1.5aRobert Houdart (Belgium)3309
Critter v1.4Richard Vida (Slovakia)3305
(64-bit 4CPU)
Komodo v3.0Don Dailey3280
IvanHoe v9.47bYakov Petrovich Golyadkin, Igor Igorovich Igoronov, Robert Pescatore, Yusuf Ralf Weisskopf, Ivan Skavinsky Skavar3270
Fire v1.31Norman Schmidt (USA)3260
Stockfish v2.1.1Tord Romstad (Norway), Marco Costalba (Italy) & Joona Kiiski (Finland)3259
(64-bit 4CPU)
Spike v1.4 LeidenVolker Böhm and Ralf Schäfer (Germany)3149
Rybka v.2.2n2
(last free version)
Vasik Rajlich (Czech Republic)3126
(64-bit 4CPU)
Spark v1.0Allard Siemelink (Netherlands)3097
(64-bit 4CPU)
Protector v1.3.6Raimund Heid (Germany)3070

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