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
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