MadChess 3.1 Beta 0c601ea (Singular Move)

I strengthened MadChess by extending the search horizon of singular moves. I gleaned the idea from the Stockfish chess engine.

Quoting from my Pull Request #17:

  • In the GetSearchHorizon method, added call to a new method, IsBestMoveSingular, that determines if best move that had failed high in recent searches is best by a significant margin.
  • If so, extend the search by one ply. A code comment explains why:
    • The best move (from the cache) is singular. That is, it’s the only good move in the position.
    • Evaluation of the current position relies on the accuracy of the singular move’s score.
    • If the engine misjudges the singular move, the position could deteriorate because no alternative strong moves exist.
    • To increase confidence in the singular move’s score, search it one ply deeper.

In addition, in Pull Request #16 I implemented asymptotic history scores. This simplifies keeping history scores within defined bounds. Also I fixed a bug in the Standard Algebraic Notation (SAN) parser for positions where the moving piece is disambiguated by square (not merely by rank or file). These changes improved code quality but did not increase playing strength.

Singular move increased the playing strength of MadChess 3.1 Beta by 13 ELO.

 

Feature Category Date Commit1 WAC2 ELO Rating3 Improvement
Singular Move Search 2021 Jun 14 0c601ea 290 2617 +13
Endgame Eval Scaling Evaluation 2021 Apr 08 4d22dec 286 2604 +12
Bishop Pair Evaluation 2021 Mar 14 2960ec9 285 2592 +22
Position Cache Optimization Search 2021 Feb 23 42d7702 286 2570 +8
Move Generation Optimization Search 2021 Feb 17 22002dc 287 2562 +12
PVS and Null Move Search 2021 Feb 09 f231dac 285 2550 +20
Remove Aspiration Windows Search 2020 Dec 20 4b7963b 290 2530 +9
Time Management Search 2020 Dec 19 d143bb5 286 2521 +8
Crash Bug Search 2020 Aug 29 2d855ec 288 2513 +0
King Safety Evaluation 2020 Aug 16 6794c89 288 2513 +63
Eval Param Tuning Evaluation 2020 Jul 23 bef88d5 283 2450 +30
Late Move Pruning Search 2020 Feb 08 6f3d17a 288 2420 +29
Piece Mobility Evaluation 2020 Feb 01 5c5d4fc 282 2391 +62
Passed Pawns Evaluation 2018 Dec 27 103 279 2329 +119
Staged Move Generation Search 2018 Dec 15 93 275 2210 +39
History Heuristics Search 2018 Dec 03 84 275 2171 +28
Eval Param Tuning Evaluation 2018 Nov 24 75 272 2143 +47
Sophisticated Search
Material and Piece Location
Baseline 2018 Nov 08 58 269 2096 0
  1. GitHub commit (hash) or Subversion source code revision (integer)
  2. Win At Chess position test, 3 seconds per position
  3. Bullet chess, 2 min / game + 1 sec / move
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