Checkers programming is going slow for me these days, and I don't seem to be the only one: It took Ed Gilbert over half a year to release a new version of KingsRow (1.16) which is now available for download on his webpage. We both seem to have used our time for other projects (For me, writing a suicide checkers engine, for Ed, more sensibly, writing a 10x10 international checkers engine).
I am running a match with KingsRow 1.16 against Cake Manchester 1.09d right now, and it's looking good for KingsRow: after 200 of 288 games, KingsRow is in the lead with 12-11 wins. If KingsRow wins the match, it would be the first time ever since 2004 that I see Cake losing a match - which brings me back to the introduction of this post: One of the reasons that I didn't do very much since my initial Cake Manchester release in 2004 is that it consistently beat KingsRow since then, and that I wasn't motivated to work on Cake because it was (IMO of course) still the world's most powerful checkers engine. It looks like I might have to shake the dust off Cake's source code soon!