Following the most common moves
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.