Question about interpreting Syzygy EGTB output

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Question about interpreting Syzygy EGTB output

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Someone asked me by email:
Hello Kirill,
Could you please explain me how should I interoperate the analysis results of the Syzygy EGTB running on Houdini 4.
I am attaching a screenshot and would like to understand the meaning of the numbers within the parentheses.
Thank you,
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I guess the number means distance to zeroing, but not sure about the minus sign. Does the minus sign mean the side to move loses?
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Re: Question about interpreting Syzygy EGTB output

Post by syzygy »

My guess is that the sign is from the point of white. So white loses, black wins. Therefore -3 is listed on top: only 3 moves to a winning conversion.
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