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The most important implication of these results is that if it is at all possible, you should generate and/or examine the moves within any group or family in such a way as to take maximum advantage of the savings that can be achieved. and this means ordering the search in some way. We shall discuss various techniques for speeding up the alpha-beta search in the following chapter, but one obvious method can be mentioned here. , and evaluate the resulting positions with the evaluation function. Sort the moves so that the move with the highest score will be examined first, then the move with the next highest, and so on.

The opponcnt moves from positions PI and Pl. trying to minimise the value of {J. ')' trying to maximise a. The tree search now procceds as follows: 1 Examine P lli • Tht' ~corc of 8 is greater than - '" so a at Sll is set to 8. This score is then compared with {J at S, and 101111(1 42 Computer Gamesmanship P, (So [0]) INITIALLY" P, (S, [e]) INITIALL Y ~ =. P",(8) m" m" P" (S" loll INITIALLY" =-- m,,, P, (S, [e]1 INITIALLY /3 = + - ~ m" P" (S" [o1J INITIALLY" = -- ~ m", P,,,(7) P",(9) = - _ P" (S" 1<>]1 INITIALL Y ~ P" (S" [a]l INITIALLY = - "--00 _ mel, m , ,, m", m,,, m111 P",(,~) P",(31 P,,,(2) P l l ,(2) Pn,(l) FlGURE 15 to be less than + 00.

In order to discover which features of the game are important, you may do one or both of two things. You may read some books on the subject, in the search for general advice (heuristics), and you may ask someone who is expert at the game. ', you may well receive the reply 'Control of the central squares'. On investigating further you discover that pieces in the centre can move to, or attack, more squares than pieces on an edge or in a corner. And pieces that attack central squares may eventually be able to move to a central square, so attacking central squares is a useful thing to do.

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