318,979,564,000?

318,979,564,000?

evanvwk
evanvwk
Apr 25, 2012, 10:10 AM |
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I have often heard it said that the total number of possible combinations in the first four moves of a chess game (that is, each player making four moves) is 318,979,564,000. I don't find this implausible, but I'm curious how this is calculated. Does anyone know?