Evaluation of Alternative Continuations of Chess Openings

39 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2015

Date Written: January 21, 2015


Controlled experiments with chess engines may be used to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative continuation lines of chess openings. The proposed methodology is demonstrated by evaluating a selection of continuations by White after the Sicilian Defense Najdorf Variation has been played by Black. The results suggest that the nine continuations tested represent a wide range of effectiveness that are mostly consistent with expert opinion.

Keywords: chess openings, chess engines, chess analysis, engine analysis of chess, chess engine tournaments, evaluation function of chess engines, numerical methods, Monte Carlo simulation, computational statistics, Sicilian Najdorf

Suggested Citation

Munshi, Jamal, Evaluation of Alternative Continuations of Chess Openings (January 21, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2553614 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2553614

Jamal Munshi (Contact Author)

Sonoma State University ( email )

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
United States

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