Imagine we are pitting two automated players (bots) against each other, but instead of thoughtful moves made by the players, they make completely random choices. I realize that this is not really the point of playing chess, but it sets the groundwork for a theoretical chess question.
Is there an inherent advantage to the player who goes first, or the player who goes second?
'Inherent advantage' here means that the probability of one player winning is higher than the other, and that these randomized conditions don't account for how actual players would play. If such an advantage exists, it may be entirely wiped away by how humans play chess with each other. I want to emphasize that this question is not meant to generalize to either human or algorithmic play.