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Spiny Norman
21-09-2004, 10:56 PM
Hi all,

Is there a relatively well-regarded/respected source that documents the mathematics of chess in respect of its complexity? I've done a bit of Google searching and found lots of interesting stuff, but who knows how much of it is accurate without writing my own software, playing with Excel spreadsheets, etc etc???

Example fact #1 ... the number of unique 4-move games (4 by White, 4 by Black) ... if you played one every minute it would take "around 600,000 years" to play all of them out (according to one page I looked at).

I did a quick check with a calculator ... using 20 possible moves for the first move by each, 25 for move 2, and say 30 for each of moves 3 and 4 ... then dividing by 60 (from minutes to hours), 24 (to days) and 365 (to years, not incl. leap years).

The figure came out as 385,273 which is kind of in the ballpark.

When you get up to 40-move games ... or "all possible unique games" ... then the numbers get large. If anyone knows of a good "chess facts" site I'd love to know about it.

Frosty

eclectic
21-09-2004, 11:41 PM
Hi all,

Is there a relatively well-regarded/respected source that documents the mathematics of chess in respect of its complexity?
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If anyone knows of a good "chess facts" site I'd love to know about it.

Frosty

tim krabbe's chess curiosities might be a good starting point

http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess/chess.html

as for really mixing maths and chess it's good to see places where chess is part of the maths syllabus

http://math.uww.edu/~mcfarlat/177.htm

eclectic

Spiny Norman
22-09-2004, 08:01 AM
tim krabbe's chess curiosities might be a good starting point
http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess/chess.html

Thanks eclectic ... hadn't found that one before ... seems like enough content to keep me going for quite a few months!

Regards,

Frosty