December 4, 2019 9:57 AM   Subscribe

More than eight hundred million chess games at depict opening moves and their responses in visual graphs.
posted by cgc373 (11 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
The grammar may not quite check out in that sentence.
posted by cgc373 at 10:09 AM on December 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

Just in case it's not obvious to anyone else, double click on a node to bring up the next set of edges and nodes.

This is really fascinating. Thanks for posting it.
posted by ob1quixote at 10:25 AM on December 4, 2019 [2 favorites]

It's probably going to take me at least a couple of days to memorize all of these.
posted by Kibbutz at 10:47 AM on December 4, 2019 [6 favorites]

I'm terrible at chess, but this is pretty cool. I also love youtubers like agadamator who inform me that as of the 9th move by white we have a brand new game, one not in our database.
posted by Dumsnill at 11:37 AM on December 4, 2019

am i using this wrong? it seems to run out of moves pretty early. my go-to as black is the caro-kann, and it stopped after:

1. e4 c6
2. d4 d5
3. Nc3 dxe5
4. Nxe4 Bf5
5. Ng3 Bg6
6. h4 h6

and like given that this is a fairly commonly played line this is honestly several moves before even casual players run out of book.

does it go deeper on like sicilians or whatever? the openings where you're like 20 moves deep but still in book?
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 5:17 PM on December 4, 2019

Tried a couple roy lopez openings , hit paywall. Besides my lack of intuitive control over the interface, which I like, that's my "I want to click on everything" issue. Wow, pretty and cool.
posted by epjr at 6:57 PM on December 4, 2019

The tree style isn't an improvement for me over chesstempo or FICS database.
Chessarena is in the rotation, good for study after.
posted by facesonflags at 7:30 PM on December 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

For white just study:
1. e4 e5 2. Ke2!!!!
Against any opponent under about 2000 this opening is unbeatable.
posted by interogative mood at 12:22 PM on December 5, 2019

Well I'm under 2000, and hope to have Black against you some day.
posted by MtDewd at 3:59 AM on December 6, 2019

Against someone rated 540 points lower? Even against a NM, that's a winning expectation of 95.7%.

Uh, oh. I just realized my irony detector is broken. I'll go try and fix it. Carry on.
posted by MtDewd at 2:31 PM on December 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

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