Sirius is a program for playing the game of othello.
The AI opponent uses a plain alpha-beta search with hashing to figure out which move to make. To be able to tell a god position from a bad one, it uses a pattern based evaluation function.
The pattern used is the 9 discs surrounding each corner and the 8 discs creating the edge of the board. The evaluation function also takes mobility, potential mobility and parity into count. For the initial 9 moves the AI opponent optionally uses a simple opening book.
During midgame it searches and evaluates about 200.000 nodes per second on a PIII 750 MHz, in the endgame this number is significantly higher due to more transpositions and a less expensive evaluation function.
What's New in This Release:
· Russian translation. (Alexandre Prokoudine)
· Fixed problem with non-latin UTF-8 characters. (Vyacheslav Sdiconov)
· Trippled the size of the opening book.
· Made the hints unsensitive at startup.
· Man page for Debian.