# possible moves

yelrambob
Posers and Puzzles 08 Dec '16 19:25
1. 08 Dec '16 19:25
Has any one ever tried to figure out the exact possible amount of moves for a chess game following the 50 rule?

I heard there are 3 billion possible board set ups at move four.
2. venda
Dave
09 Dec '16 19:14
Originally posted by yelrambob
Has any one ever tried to figure out the exact possible amount of moves for a chess game following the 50 rule?

I heard there are 3 billion possible board set ups at move four.
The number of available moves will change after each move depending on variables like number of pieces on the board,number of unoccupied squares and legal moves possible so I don't see how it's possible to work out the exact number of moves available in an entire game as each game will be different.
On a similar note I read somewhere that the number of moves in the board game "Go" was greater than the number of atoms in the universe, so you're probably talking 10^3 billion!!
3. wolfgang59
Mr. Wolf
12 Dec '16 22:32
Originally posted by yelrambob
Has any one ever tried to figure out the exact possible amount of moves for a chess game following the 50 rule?

I heard there are 3 billion possible board set ups at move four.
4. lemondrop
pawn grabber
21 Jan '17 20:47
Originally posted by venda
The number of available moves will change after each move depending on variables like number of pieces on the board,number of unoccupied squares and legal moves possible so I don't see how it's possible to work out the exact number of moves available in an entire game as each game will be different.
On a similar note I read somewhere that the number of moves ...[text shortened]... was greater than the number of atoms in the universe, so you're probably talking 10^3 billion!!
google has a very interesting study on the number of possible moves in chess and go and number of atoms in the universe
I could explain it in a few sentences
but you would not understand
5. roma45
st johnstone
22 Jan '17 13:40
Originally posted by yelrambob
Has any one ever tried to figure out the exact possible amount of moves for a chess game following the 50 rule?

I heard there are 3 billion possible board set ups at move four.
there is only two moves
a good move and a bad move
6. 26 Jan '17 13:31
Numberphile video on this subject:

7. venda
Dave
27 Jan '17 19:26
Interesting.Especially when he talks about "sensible" games
8. apathist
looking for loot
06 Mar '17 08:00
Originally posted by yelrambob
Has any one ever tried to figure out the exact possible amount of moves for a chess game following the 50 rule?

I heard there are 3 billion possible board set ups at move four.
There is about one move. Kinda complicated though.
9. sonhouse
Fast and Curious
06 Mar '17 15:05
Originally posted by lemondrop
google has a very interesting study on the number of possible moves in chess and go and number of atoms in the universe
I could explain it in a few sentences
but you would not understand
A bit presumptuous for a 1200 player don't you think? The guy did say he was trying to improve his game.