Fathom is a stand-alone Syzygy tablebase probing tool. The aims of Fathom are:
- To make it easy to integrate the Syzygy tablebases into existing chess engines;
- To make it easy to create stand-alone applications that use the Syzygy tablebases;
Fathom includes a stand-alone command-line syzygy probing tool
probe a position, simply run the command:
fathom --path=<path-to-TB-files> "FEN-string"
The tool will print out a PGN representation of the probe result, including:
- Result: "1-0" (white wins), "1/2-1/2" (draw), or "0-1" (black wins)
- The Win-Draw-Loss (WDL) value for the next move: "Win", "Draw", "Loss", "CursedWin" (win but 50-move draw) or "BlessedLoss" (loss but 50-move draw)
- The Distance-To-Zero (DTZ) value (in plys) for the next move
- WinningMoves: The list of all winning moves
- DrawingMoves: The list of all drawing moves
- LosingMoves: The list of all losing moves
- A pseudo "principle variation" of Syzygy vs. Syzygy for the input position.
For more information, run the following command:
Pre-compiled versions of
fathom (for all platforms) are available from here:
Fathom provides a simple API. There are three main function calls:
tb_initinitializes the tablebase
tb_probe_wdlprobes the Win-Draw-Loss (WDL) table for a given position
tb_probe_rootprobes the Distance-To-Zero (DTZ) table for the given position.
All of the API functions use basic integer types, i.e. there is no need to
create and initialize data-structures. Fathom does not require the callee
to provide any additional functionality (e.g. move generation) unlike the
tbprobe code. However, chess engines can opt to replace some
of the functionality of Fathom for better performance (see below).
Chess engines can be
tb_probe_wdl to get the WDL value during search. The
tb_probe_root functional can be used to help pick the best move at the root.
tb_probe_root is slower and therefore should only be used at the
Chess engines can opt for a tighter integration of Fathom by configuring
tbconfig.h. Specifically, the chess engines can define
macros that replace the default definitions with the engine's own definitions,
avoiding duplication of functionality.
The Syzygy tablebases were created by Ronald de Man. Much of the probing code
tbprobe.c is a modified version of Ronald's
tbprobe.cpp for Stockfish (all
Stockfish-specific code has been removed). The
tbcore.c file is virtually
unchanged from Ronald's original version.
(C) 2013-2015 Ronald de Man (original code) (C) 2015 basil (new modifications)
Ronald de Man's original code can be "redistributed and/or modified without restrictions".
The new modifications are released under the permissive MIT License:
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