Innovative Opening-Book Handling

  • Chrilly Donninger
  • Ulf Lorenz
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11922155_1

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4250)
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Donninger C., Lorenz U. (2006) Innovative Opening-Book Handling. In: van den Herik H.J., Hsu SC., Hsu T., Donkers H.H.L.M.. (eds) Advances in Computer Games. ACG 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4250. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

The best chess programs have reached the level of top players in the human chess world. The so-called opening books, which are databases containing thousands of Grandmaster games, have been seen as a big advantage of programs over humans, because the computers do never forget a variation. Interestingly, it is this opening phase which causes most problems for the computers. Not because they do not understand openings in general, but because the opening books contain too much rubbish. We introduce a heuristic which explores the database during a game. Without that, the computer repeats failures of weaker players. Our contribution presents best practice.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chrilly Donninger
    • 1
  • Ulf Lorenz
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.HydraChess.com 
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversität PaderbornGermany

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