18 Nov '09 23:09>1 edit
how do you calculate this? it has to be almost an infinite number?
Originally posted by FabianFnasYes,t hanks for that. I posed the same question years ago on this very same forum and figured the number to be astronomical as well. Once again, the forum had varied responses ranging from an exact number ( as we had here , again.) to abstract numbers that were uncalculable (sp) // anyway, this is simply a question posed to show what an amzing game chess truly is. Still there remains no answer to this question. regards, Big b.
If the 50-move rule makes the game a draw automatically, then it is a finite number of possible moves in a game.
But if it is possible to go beyond the 50-move rule, by not claiming a draw, then the number can be arbitrarily large, i.e. infinite.
Originally posted by big bernChess is indeed a remarkable game. With so few (?) rules, so 'unlimitied' alternatives!
anyway, this is simply a question posed to show what an amzing game chess truly is. Still there remains no answer to this question. regards, Big b.
Originally posted by zzywThen again you could go knight out, knight in for millions of moves by both players.
Well technically a game could last forever because players aren't forced to claim draws based on repetition or the 50 move rule.
Otherwise there's 6*16 pawn moves available, it takes 8 captures to make all of them, leaving 22 more captures, totalling 128 resets of the 50 move rule. So the total number of moves possible would be a bit less than 6400.