Not a single post in June does not mean that I have not been busy! I have the new version of Vicki almost ready. Only a few more tweaks before release. My focus has been on the static evaluation code which was rather poor up till now. I separated the evaluation function into 3 sets, depending on opening, middle or endgame.
The transposition table is working... but I did expect a bit more... at least it is working. A few nasty bugs are still lurking in the code during draws which I still need to resolve.
I am also implementing better time control and rewriting the winboard section so that Vicki claims draws and end the game after losing/winning.
I'm also running tournaments to measure the development of the engine. This can be viewed at http://www.vicki.co.za/test.html and is updated real-time.
If only I had more time!