The above is my brother’s description of Pokémon. Since it is completely unintelligible, I suggest you go to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokémon
Here is my statement: Ash Ketchum is a Pokémon Trainer who would do terribly at chess.
Why? Pokémon are like openings, to a certain extent. And their moves like strategies resulting from those openings. But Ash neglects his win/loss records!
Pokémon: Win %(W/L/D): (Aborted or interrupted battles are scored as draws)
Pikachu 37.5 (3/5/0)
Metapod/Butterfree 33.3 (0/1/2)
Pidgeotto 33.3 (0/1/2)
Charmander 66.7 (1/0/2)
Primeape 100 (>2/0/0)
Bulbasaur 50 (0/0/1)
Ash, in the first season, uses six Pokémon in his battles. Of these, only two have positive win-loss records. He uses both of them infrequently, and gives his best pokémon away. This is not the way to play either Pokémon or chess!
I wanted to compare Ash Ketchum to a chess player, preferably a top chess player. Because of the variance in Ash’s use of his pokémon, I used Baadur Jobava, who is known for his wild openings.
What are Jobava’s most frequently used openings? Chessgames.com can tell me that:
As White: 1. Sicilian (49) 2. Queen's Indian (44) 3. King's Indian (42) 4. Slav (35) 5. Nimzo-Larsen Attack (33) 6. Queen's Pawn Game (30)
As Black: Sicilian (142) King's Indian (88) Caro-Kann (65) Sicilian Najdorf (53) Queen's Pawn Game (33) Modern Benoni (23)
But I wanted to use stats from a similar time period as Ash (who, thanks to the magic of anime, is perennially ten) , so I dug up the earliest Jobava games I could find. Here are my results from his first 25 games that I could find on the chessgames.com database:
1. d4 82.1 (9/2/3) This is a staggering winning percentage. There is obviously a reason he uses this opening as White.
1. d4 Nf6 50 (1-1-0) This is a tiny sample size, but a useful opening.
KID 33.3 (0-1-2) Not great, admittedly.
Sicilian 40 (1-2-2) A very decent percentage as Black, and a solid workhorse against 1. e4.
Benko 0 (0-1-0) I draw the line at one game. This datum is meaningless.
Obviously, as a whole, Ketchum is less successful. But Jobava uses his best openings more, helping him succeed.
Here is a quiz position:
Baadur Jobava-Holden Hernandez Carmenates Casino de Barcelona 2008