Thanks Shannon

Posted: December 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

Just recently, Magnus Carlsen won the world chess championship against Sergey Karjakin. The matches were grueling and there were 10 tie games and the winner of the best of 12 won with only 2 winning games.

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I am not a good player but I love chess. I play whenever I get the chance. I play speed chess and traditional chess, I love reading about old and new games of chess. For me chess is this exciting zero sum game (wait weren’t there 10 tie games? yes but there were two tie breaker games), that requires deep thought.

Did you know that, there are +-10,921,506 total possible positions after 7 moves! Insane right? Did you know that it is still a theoretical advantage for players with white pieces. It is an advantage because white moves first but theoretical because all probabilities have not been mapped out for chess games. There is a Shannon number for chess it is a conservative low bound number for the complexity of the possible chess moves in a game tree. The Shannon Number is named after the mathematician who created it Claude Shannon. b The Shannon number is  at least 10123.

I think that I am most attracted to chess because of what seems to be the endless possibilities.  I think that this endless possibilities is also what attracts me to live.  Today is literally, the first day of the rest of our lives and the possibilities are endless, we just need to move some pieces and parts to change the complexity.

I honestly believe that anyone is capable of anything if they work hard enough and can get all the pieces set correctly.






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