Originally posted by rmmcclay
If this sort of post on the Only Chess Forum (computer vs computer game) is not with favor, please let me know.
Today, played around a bit with Arena and BabasChess. Both excellent free programs. Then, in addition to the included engines, got the latest Stockfish, Houdini and Crafty engines. Mostly I was looking for a good way to download my PGN game if anyone is interested:
What, no Critter?!
Houdini 2 is now out, but it went commercial. Sorry, I just can't spend more money on chess engines. Pity, because it has a nice "preserve hash" feature, and a new skill level feature. (Strength improvement for Houdini 2 is marginal - approx 20-25 elo.)
I've noticed that Stockfish's evaluation tends to be a bit higher than many other engines. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you're aware of it. If you want to use Stockfish for analysis, you might consider this unofficial version: Stockfish 2.1.1 PA GTB Gran2c. It uses the hash table a little better than the official version, and it has support for Gaviota tablebases.
And Komodo is moving up the short list.