Results for round 2 are in and, while there aren’t any major changes (results are still fairly random, each AI winning between 1/3 to 2/3 of their matches), what did surprise me was that #3, 1×1000, actually beat the smart random player. He had first move advantage, but it’s still an impressive stroke of luck.
As a reminder, the random player actually looks first for winning moves; if none are found, then it will look for opportunities to block the opponent. Only after that will a truly random choice be made. After the first round of training, it had conquered in all 60 of its games.
Granted the smart player’s record is still 119-1, but at least it’s not 120-0!