Piranha is a chess engine for Windows.
This version (0.4) has a rating of about 1800 on schach.de and one of about 2000 on ICC.
Piranha supports the UCI protocol and can be loaded into various GUIs such as Arena (recommendable free interface, see playwitharena.com) or Fritz 8. Piranha does not come with an own GUI. Winboard protocol is not supported.
Piranha is an alpha-beta searcher. It uses a transposition table as well as history and killer heuristics.
The move generator is based on bitboards, but is slow nevertheless.
Piranha is capable of pondering.
Piranha is not able to use Nalimov endgame table bases.
Transposition table size
The size of the transposition table may be changed by the user. Each hash entry takes 15 bytes, so actual hash table sizes are: 15MB, 30MB, 60MB, ... . However, if you chose values like 16MB these will be cut down to the next lower appropriate value, in this case 15MB. This goes especially for small requested table sizes like 8MB, 4MB, 2MB and 1MB.
By default, table size is 15MB.
There is a command "perft
1) Piranha doesn't interact seamlessly with the Fritz 8 GUI. Play is not concerned, but Piranha seems to send info strings in another way than Fritz 8 expects them. When Piranha sends currmove, currmovenumber, nodes or nps, this is ignored very often (but not always). In contrast to that, with Arena everything is fine.
2) When there is only one legal move in the root position, Piranha returns a score of 0 and plays the move immediately without any search. Fritz 8 appears to handle scores of 0.00 as draw offers.
If you have any comments, suggestions or find a bug, please send a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright (C) 2003 Martin Villwock. All rights reserved.
Piranha is distributed free of charge.
See below for warranty information.
Piranha may not be distributed as part of any software package, service or web site without prior written permission from the author.
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I want to thank Robert Hyatt (Crafty), Gian-Carlo Pascutto (Sjeng), Tom Kerrigan (TSCP) and Bruce Moreland (Gerbil) for publishing their sources and inspiring me.
Special thanks go to Martin Bauer (DelphiMax) and Steffen Basting (Mooboo) for playing test games and discussing computer chess related topics.