Unmake Move

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Unmake Move is a function inside a chess program to update the internal chess position and its Board representation as well as associated or dependent state variables and data by a move unmade on the internal board. In unmake move, reversible aspects of a position can be incrementally updated by the inverse or own inverse operation of Make Move. Irreversible aspects of a position, such as ep state, castling rights and the halfmove clock are either restored from a stack (LIFO), or simply kept in arrays indexed by current search or game ply. Alternatively, one may capacitate the move with all the necessary information to recover those irreversible aspects of a position as well.


This is how make and Unmake Move are applied inside a recursive search routine, for simplicity Negamax:

int negaMax( int depth ) {
    if ( depth == 0 ) return evaluate();
    int max = -oo;
    while ( m = getNextMove(...) )  {
        score = -negaMax( depth - 1 );
        if( score > max )
            max = score;
    return max;

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