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The length of a chess game measured in full moves (1 full move = 1 move for white and 1 move for black).

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Estimate the max length of chess game under WFCC?

The World Federation of Chess Composition (WFCC) has a Codex that specifies how the FIDE Laws apply to chess problems. Can you give a ballpark estimate of the length of the longest game possible under ...
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At which move the average game is decided?

It's easy to make a statistic how long the average game takes (30-40 moves, to my best knowledge), but when is the average game decided? (Since cashing in the advantage might take a lot of more moves, ...
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Timed Games and improving play?

I'm more of a chess hobbyist, but I'm trying to learn more about the game. I've been working on playing some basic openings. I usually play on chess.com. What's a better timed game to learn from? I ...
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How long is a miniature?

A miniature is a short game of chess. Depending on the forums you ask in or the blogs you look at, the length of the miniature is always a problem. Is there a standard number of moves under which the ...
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What is the average length of a game of chess?

I hope this is an appropriate question for this site as I've been wanting a reputable answer. Of course the length of games can vary wildly, but what is the expected number of moves until either a ...
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What is the average length of a game of chess with only random moves?

The famous Shannon number, 10^120, an estimated lower bound on the number of possible chess games, is based on the assumption that a typical game lasts 40 moves. In games between skilled human ...
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How to see average game length for specific chess opening (number of moves)?

How to see average game lenght for specific chess opening? Is there some chess database which allow me to see specific opening game length? For example: Sicilian defense (average length is: 80.5) ...