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Where HSW got it wrong is that they multiplied 20 possible moves for white and 20 possible moves for black from the get go and come up with 400 possible moves in just the first 2 moves! I'm sorry but that's wrong
There should have been only 40 at most after both white and black makes their initial moves!
Originally posted by otlg27
You get the idea.. While white has 20 opening moves, black has 20 moves that can counter EACH ONE.. total possible move combinations in the first turn: 400 (20x20) unique combinations of moves.
PS: The reason this is important isn't for the first two moves.. it's when you try and evaluate all the possibilities 10+ levels deep, you must consider (if you're a computer) every possibility and establish which of your moves leads to the least damaging possible outcome, given EVERY conceivable response from your opponent.
[edit on 19-1-2005 by otlg27]
Originally posted by TheManInTheShadows
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Originally posted by Ryanp5555
how could they possibly calculate the number of atoms in the universe. This is a total fabrication of the truth. We have no idea how large the Universe truly is, or if it is infinite! That doesn't include the basic lack of knowledge of space itself. The Chess board is soo incredibly small, there is absolutely no way that this is true.
Originally posted by Ryanp5555
The Chess board is soo incredibly small, there is absolutely no way that this is true.
A peasant learned of an attempt to assassinate the king and quickly told what he had learned to the kings trusted guard. Later, after it was found out to be true and the plot was foiled, the king summoned the poor peasant before him.
"As a reward for your great service you can have anything you wish for." The peasant thought about it and said "Do you have a chess board?" "Why yes", replied the king. The peasant then said, "I would like one grain of rice for the first square of the board, two grains for the second, four grains for the third and so on doubled for each of the 64 squares on a chess board."
The king laughed and summoned his servants to fulfill this simple request. Soon however the king realized he had been outsmarted and that there was not enough rice in all the kingdom to fulfill this request. "You have saved my life and I can't even fulfill your simple request." The poor peasant was then made the kings top adviser as a reward for his great wisdom and faithfulness.
Originally posted by slank
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infinite moves? yes.
if you have two players and they each just move a piece back and forth every other turn that is an infinite number of moves, on that alone. Anyone know of any numbers bigger than infinity?