A Method for Comparing Chess Openings

25 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2014  

Jamal Munshi

Sonoma State University

Date Written: February 25, 2014

Abstract

A quantitative method is described for comparing chess openings. Test openings and baseline openings are run through chess engines under controlled conditions and compared to evaluate the effectiveness of the test openings. The results are intuitively appealing and in some cases they agree with expert opinion. The specific contribution of this work is the development of an objective measure that may be used for the evaluation and refutation of chess openings, a process that had been left to thought experiments and subjective conjectures and thereby to a large variety of opinion and a great deal of debate

Keywords: chess openings, chess engines, refutation, methodology, Monte Carlo simulation, numerical analysis, probability vector, Euclidean distance, robust statistics, bootstrap

Suggested Citation

Munshi, Jamal, A Method for Comparing Chess Openings (February 25, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2415203 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2415203

Jamal Munshi (Contact Author)

Sonoma State University ( email )

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
United States

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