Rebel wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:29 pm
I think I am wasting my time looking at the moves it sometimes produces. Was hoping for a bug that could be fixed but looking at the responses that's unlikely.
There's a bug, but it's not on the engine.
This situation happened (note, this is not about Stockfish, all engines suck like this, unless they get helped by theory, like ProDeo or Shredder <12, or Eman's Experience File) because engine testers chose to play with generic books that take over the opening and play reasonable moves for the engine, and when the engine has to play it already skipped the problem entirely.
Engine developers have had no reason whatsoever to get better at the opening, and self-play has had a similar resolution. The elo chase is real, and even Komodo, an engine that has been created with "analysis first" on mind, doesn't behave better in the opening (heck, it doesn't behave better in the early middle game either.)
InfinityChess's Chess Engine Master tournament has shown that Leela isn't good at the openings either, because people are gaining much better advantage by using books, and it seems a book is good on its own and it doesn't matter if Stockfish or Leela play when out of book, and Leela doesn't have the time to find a better move than the one the book'd have played.
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