From: Jim choate <ravage@bga.com>

To: lake@evansville.edu (Adam Lake)

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UTC Datetime: 1994-04-05 23:05:48 UTC

Raw Date: Tue, 5 Apr 94 16:05:48 PDT

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From: Jim choate <ravage@bga.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 94 16:05:48 PDT
To: lake@evansville.edu (Adam Lake)
Subject: Re: How Many Games of Chess: Exact answer given!
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>
> >
> >
> > The natural conclusion is that the complexity of the problem depends on how
> > much of the game you consider to be the `endgame'. Thus, the actual number
> > of different chess games: 5
> >
> > 2) White mates
> > 1) Black resigns
> > 0) Stalemate
> > -1) White resigns
> > -2) Black mates
> >
> i am not sure this is a very reasonable question without any
> restrictions. while this answer is humerous, i don't think anybody has
> addressed the fact that i can move a king back and forth between 3
> squares infinitely many times.
>
> POSSIBLE answer: uncoutably infinite?
>
> lake@uenics.evansville.edu
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Isn't it nice to have only one simple question.....
> Zero or One.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>
I would counter that this was a single game irrispective of how many times it
could be moved since the outcome is the same.
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