English, Article edition: BEST PLAY IN FANORONA LEADS TO DRAW MAARTEN P. D. SCHADD; MARK H. M. WINANDS; JOS W. H. M. UITERWIJK; ...

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  • BEST PLAY IN FANORONA LEADS TO DRAW
Author
  • MAARTEN P. D. SCHADD
  • MARK H. M. WINANDS
  • JOS W. H. M. UITERWIJK
  • H. JAAP VAN DEN HERIK
  • MAURICE H. J. BERGSMA
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  • Fanorona is the national board game of Madagascar. The game's complexity is approximately the same as that of checkers. In this article, we present a search-based approach for weakly solving this game. It is a well-chosen combination of Proof-Number search and endgame databases. Retrograde analysis is used to generate the endgame databases in which every position with 7 or fewer pieces on the board has been solved. Then, a Proof-Number search variant, PN2, exploits the databases to prove that the game-theoretical value of the initial position is a draw. Future research should develop techniques for strongly solving the game.
  • Fanorona, proof-number search, endgame databases
  • RePEc:wsi:nmncxx:v:04:y:2008:i:03:p:369-387
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  • English
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