Following the most common moves

Sep 19, 2010, 11:03 AM |

Where do you get to if you just take the most common moves?

I decided to take a look at the 365chess database, which claims to be the largest one, and at each move take the most common move.

It's not surprising that we end up in a Sicilian game -- but exactly where?

We end up in B92, Sicilian, Nojdorf, Opovcensky variation. This isn't a big surprise.  We go 19 moves deep before we tail off:


At this point, the database has 5 games:

19... Ba8 (2 draws)

19... f5 (1 white win, 1 draw)

19... Rfe8  (1 draw)

Here's the sequence in the database.You can click on earlier moves at the right and see what the options were at that time.

When I get my number of games down to a manageable number relative to my time available (i.e. after my high school reunion and my daughter's wedding), I think I'll start a thematic tournament here.