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  1. Subscriber kNIGHTHEAD
    aka DEFIANT
    07 Sep '14 19:57
    "Shannon number"

    There are more chess games than atoms in the universe!

    The number of possible chess games = 10^123
    The number of atoms in the known universe = 10^80

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_number
  2. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    07 Sep '14 21:17
    Originally posted by kNIGHTHEAD
    "Shannon number"
    The number of possible chess games = 10^123
    "Wolfgang Number"
    The number of impossible chess games
  3. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    07 Sep '14 21:25
    Originally posted by kNIGHTHEAD
    "Shannon number"

    There are more chess games than atoms in the universe!

    The number of possible chess games = 10^123
    The number of atoms in the known universe = 10^80

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_number
    Wonder what the Shannon # would be for Go?
  4. 07 Sep '14 22:32
    What is the number of moves reference used? How is it calculater?
  5. Subscriber lemondrop
    The Art of War
    11 Oct '14 19:08 / 2 edits
    for the game of Go it would be a googleplex, more or less
  6. 11 Oct '14 19:27
    Originally posted by kNIGHTHEAD
    "Shannon number"

    There are more chess games than atoms in the universe!

    The number of possible chess games = 10^123
    The number of atoms in the known universe = 10^80

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_number
    Yes, most people would guess the number at a couple of hundred thousand.
    (at least the people I have asked)
    It is amazing.