05 June 2014

Evolving popularity of chess openings

Based on the study of "a data set of over 650,000 chess tournament games ranging back to the 15th century," this graphic depicts the first three moves of the games.

Found at Randal S. Olson, where there are separate graphic depictions of the evolution over time of White's first move alone, and White's first + Black's first.  Via Kottke.


  1. But are any of these openings more likely than another to destroy your mind?

    (I have little experience of chess. But I have to say, it's a pretty graph.)


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