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Is testing an opening by having a computer play against itself viable?

I will not be able to answer your question fully but can guide you here. There is a field of Machine Learning called Reinforcement Learning which deals with this exactly. There has been an example ...
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Is testing an opening by having a computer play against itself viable?

What you are after is called a novelty, or better: novelties. That's formally (a) new move(s) in a certain position, but let's instead focus on an alternative, albeit slightly off, definition: A (...
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Is testing an opening by having a computer play against itself viable?

If you're concerned about whether an opening is objectively good, then using computer games is a good approach. Computers don't play perfectly, but they are by far our best option. You could also ...
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The most often played chess game

The most played game: a drawing line The most played game in the TWIC database (issues 920 to 1438, containing about 1.8 million tournament games) is the following one, which appears 111 times. I add ...
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What do we know about the statistics of 1-vs-team chess games, like Kasparov vs The World?

Carlsen had a similar match (https://www.chess.com/news/view/raw-chess-challenge-all-the-info) and there may be well more, but while the questions you ask are very interesting, even if there were ...
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How does the Israel Chess Federation (ICF) update ratings for players who no longer play in Israel?

The first thing to note is that the ICF is not unique in having the capability to take "foreign played" FIDE rated games into account in calculating national ratings. Before the recent ...
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Has anyone done a correlation of castling with winning and losing?

I calculated some statistics on games published by TWIC (issues 920-1437). After some cleaning and filtering of the database (see Methodological notes at the end), I had some 1.7 million games to work ...
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Difference between national and international rating

I would expect national ratings (assuming, of course, that they use a system compatible with ELO, e.g. Germany) are constantly below FIDE ones, and the larger and more active the nation is, the ...
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