1

By a safe advantage, I mean it is easy for the side with the advantage to keep it. Winning the game is extremely likely under normal conditions. Example: KQ vs KN is a very safe advantage.

By an unsafe advantage, I mean it is a complicated position and the side with the advantage can only keep it with very accurate play. If they make even one mistake/inaccurate move, the advantage may be lost and they may even lose the game. Many complicated middle game positions are "unsafe" in this sense.

Does there exist terminologies that describe a "safe advantage" and "unsafe advantage"? Can an engine give a "safety index" of an advantage?

1 Answer 1

4

What you are looking for is the term "sharp". A position that is sharp requires accurate play to maintain the evaluation; there may only be one good move for either side. From there defining this sharpness is hard to do from a first principles basis as what is sharp for you or I may not be for Magnus. That aside here is a free tool you may want to play with. The fritz engine also claims to have its own sharpness evaluator.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.