if filter has one of two forms:
if condition consequent if condition consequent else alternative
Each of condition, consequent and alternative can be any filter. For example,
if ♖ > 2 check if △→♚ mate else ♕
The meaning of the
if filter in a position is as follows:
- If condition matches the position then consequent is evaluated in the position.
- If condition does not match and alternative is present, then alternative is evaluated.
the 'then' keyword: syntax changes since CQL 6.0Versions of CQL earlier than CQL 6.1 used a slightly different syntax for the
if filter. In those versions,the keyword
then was required before
consequent. CQL 6.1 still supports this syntax, but it is now deprecated.
if R>2 then check if A attacks k then mate else Q
then keyword is now optional.
when an if filter matches a positionAn
if filter matches a position if one of the following is true:
- condition and consequent both match the position
- condition does not match the position and there is no alternative
- condition does not match the position and alternative matches the position
Note that point 2 above might be suprising: an
if filter without an
else matches a position if the condition does not match:
if check ♖≥3will match the current position if either
- The current position is not a check, or
- The current position is a check and there are at least three white rooks in the position
The value associated with an if filterAn
if filter has an associated value if
- it has both consequent and alternative
- it matches the position
- Its consequent and alternative are both numeric filters, both position filters, or both set filters.
if filter matches a position, its value is the value of its consequent or its alternative , depending on whether its condition matched or failed to match the position.