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ChessVA computer program
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Greg Strong wrote on 2023-01-07 UTC

What would be good settings for evaluating the balance of a different armies variant? I've tried some tests with 0:30+10 and Medium variation but got conflicting results.

Your results are understandable.  Although the armies are not balanced, they are close, so you need to play a *LOT* of games to get valid results that are not swallowed up by noise.  At a time control of 30+1, you can't play many games.  And such long controls aren't necessary since with games on an 8x8 board ChessV can reach a search depth of 10 in a fraction of a second on a modern computer.  But the other thing to watch out for is that you aren't playing the same game over and over.  The search variation setting helps, but I also use different pre-calculated opening lines.  I will post more about this soon ...