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Is chess a game of skill or chance? To what extent?

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I want to know whether chess is a game of skill or game of chance, and how much is the degree of skill or chance in terms of percentage.

Edit (21 Feb 2014):

Please make sure that your answer includes credible references. To be sure that chess is a game of skill (or chance?).

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By the commonly accepted definition of "game of skill", chess is 100% a game of skill. It has no random element at all and both players have full information about the game state at all times. Players do say things like "I was lucky that my opponent blundered", but that's not what is generally meant when people talk about "games of chance".

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White always starts with a slight advantage by having the first move. So if your colour is decided by flipping a coin or whatever, then that's an element of chance!

But it's accepted the game itself is 100% skill.


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Is chess a game of skill or chance? To what extent?

up vote 14 down vote

I want to know whether chess is a game of skill or game of chance, and how much is the degree of skill or chance in terms of percentage.

Edit (21 Feb 2014):

Please make sure that your answer includes credible references. To be sure that chess is a game of skill (or chance?).


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By the commonly accepted definition of "game of skill", chess is 100% a game of skill. It has no random element at all and both players have full information about the game state at all times. Players do say things like "I was lucky that my opponent blundered", but that's not what is generally meant when people talk about "games of chance".

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If you want to consider color determination as part of the game of chess, I won't stop you. - dfan Feb 18 at 1:27

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