I use cutechess-cli from time to time to evaluate changes in hardware or server configuration to keep nextchessmove.com strong.
Here’s my notes on compiling cutechess-cli on a Ubuntu 15.10 VPS: (Ubuntu 14.04 does not package a sufficiently recent version of Qt.)
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install -y build-essential qt5-default libqt5svg5-dev git clone https://github.com/cutechess/cutechess.git cd cutechess qmake make
You should now have the latest cutechess-cli binary at
Here’s the basic gist to compare two machines running Stockfish by playing 100 games, 5 seconds per turn, 8 threads on one and 16 on the other:
./projects/cli/cutechess-cli \ -games 100 \ -each \ st=5 \ timemargin=100 \ proto=uci \ -engine \ name=old \ option.Threads=8 \ option.SyzygyPath=/syzygy \ cmd="ssh firstname.lastname@example.org ./stockfish/7/bin/stockfish" \ -engine \ name=new \ option.Threads=16 \ option.SyzygyPath=/syzygy \ cmd="ssh email@example.com ./stockfish/7/bin/stockfish"