2019-06-25

Nibbler: an Lc0 GUI

Does the world need another Chess GUI? Some people say no, but they don't have very many Chess GUIs, do they?

I'm the author of Nibbler, the first Chess GUI designed specifically for Lc0, and inspired by the excellent Lizzie Go interface. Although Nibbler is a work in progress, it's very usable, and has received a lot of favourable comment.


Being designed specifically for Lc0 means it can use the sort of information Leela provides that other engines don't (or can't). For example, Leela is always giving opinions about multiple different moves, and so Nibbler shows several possibilities graphically.

For the more technically minded Leela user, Nibbler also provides Nodes, Policy, and Uncertainty statistics.

Prebuilt binary releases are here. Do send bug reports and feature requests.

2019-06-16

What's going on with training!

I've just decided that maybe it's a time for a post. Describing what's going on and what are the plans, stuff like that!

There are some plans for the Lc0 engine itself, but that is a topic for another post. At least we hope to make releases more regular again (v0.21.0-rc1 appeared on February 16th, and we are not even v0.22 yet).

So, this post is be about networks and training.

2019-06-09

Lc0 v0.21.2 has been released

After quite a long delay we are releasing an update to Lc0, new version is v0.21.2.

Download here.

Changes include:
  • Optimizations for GTX 16xx cards (cudnn-fp16 now works for them, even though it doesn't give as much performance boost as for RTX cards).
  • "Sticky endgames" feature (default on). This makes Lc0 play better when it sees a checkmate somewhere during the search.
  • Centipawn formula has been updated, now Lc0 will show eval values more similar to what other engines show.
  • Optimization for wider (more filters) neural net, for future (maybe test60) runs.