Originally posted by big bern
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.
Chess is indeed a remarkable game. With so few (?) rules, so 'unlimitied' alternatives!
In the game of chess there is 20 opening moves for white to choose from, black has as many. So only two haplf moves, before white has made his second move, there are 400 alternatives! Four half moves we're up to way over a thousands of alternatives! Fantastic isn't it?
In the Game of Go, with a board of 19x19 points, there are 391 places to put the first stone. In reality only 55 moves as you don't count symmetries. The opponent has 390 places to put his first stone. Now there are less symmetries, hom many depends of the first move. But say more or less 10.000 moves available for just the two first half-moves? This makes the Game of Go even more complicated than chess! And the rules are fewer than the ones of chess.
What about bridge? Checkers? MahJong? TickTacToe? Reversi?
Is the fascination about the game dependant of the number of alternativevaraints? Yes, I'm inclined to say yes. It's fascinating not to know how a game will progress from move one and onwards.
So if Game of Go is so deversified, why don't I find GoG more fascinating? Why is Chess #1 for me?
Answer: There are many more who layes Chess than GoG! I think...