Asymmetric Evaluation

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Henry Moore - Helmed Head N° 2 [1]

Some programs score certain terms differently for the side they are playing and for the opponent. Most often the big terms, like king safety, passed pawn evaluation or mobility are scaled in some way. Whilst it might be argued that this idea runs counter the definition of chess as a zero-sum game, it also allows greater freedom in shaping the program's playing style. Richard Lang's programs were famous for their asymmetry in evaluation and forward pruning [2] , which emphasis safety (rules like 'do not start a wild attack, but worry a lot if the opponent does so') [3] .

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  1. Henry Moore - Helmed Head N° 2 (1950), Bronze on Marble slab, Art Museum, Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany,, Photo by Gerd Isenberg, October 30, 2016, see also 2011 image of the sculpture at Art Gallery of New South Wales from Wikimedia Commons
  2. Genius' asymmetric-search by example: TRY yourself by Thorsten Czub, rgcc, December 30, 1997
  3. Kaare Danielsen (1987). The 7th World Microcomputer Chess Championship, Rome, Italy, September 14-20, 1987. ICCA Journal, Vol. 10, No. 3 » WMCCC 1987
  4. ICCA Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1 by Jos Uiterwijk, rgcc, May 02, 1994

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