Chess is one of the most popular and perhaps one of the oldest board games in the world. Although experts have not reached a consensus on the origins of chess, its predecessor is believed to have most likely emerged as a war game in India in the 6th century.
Enthusiasts of the game often wonder the number of possibilities there are within the game of chess. Analysis of chess and the possibilities of each move have long been of interest for mathematicians and others. Although the number of possibilities for an entire game of chess are too many to count, it is calculated that there are 318,979,564,000 possible combinations for just the first four moves. The possibilities after the first four moves are estimated to be about 71,852.
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