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Smallest Advantage Possible in Chess?


  • 20 months ago · Quote · #1

    Cashionova

    This is a thought experiment that I find amusing so I thought I would share it. I think about this a lot.

    What is the smallest possible advantage in chess?

    A pawn? ...maybe

    An extra square of space?

    A second on the clock?...maybe..but there are times that this is decisive which would make it a big advantage.

    As with everything in the mystery of chess, there probably is no objective answer that is always true...doesn't diminish the thought exercise though. (At least not in my opinion)

    I like thinking about tiny advantages and the relationships they have with one another.  Are they always additive?  Or can they compound multiplicatively somehow?

    Anyway, I'd love to hear some thoughts. Smile

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #2

    MSC157

    Prob'ly at the beginning, when no moves are made and clock jumps from 2:00:00 to 1:59:59. Wink

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #3

    Fear_ItseIf

    the smallest advantage is an extra knight in a K v KN endgame.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #4

    AdamRinkleff

    The smallest advantage is a half espresso.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #5

    learningthemoves

    Bulgarian earbud (an advantage so small it fits in your ear) only kidding

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #6

    Fear_ItseIf

    learningthemoves wrote:

    Bulgarian earbud (an advantage so small it fits in your ear) only kidding

    lol


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