14. Jun, 2020

First move advantage

The first-move advantage in chess refers to the inherent advantage of the player who makes the first move. Chess players and theorists generally agree that White begins the game with some advantage. White consistently wins slightly more often than Black, usually scoring between 53 and 56 percent. White's overall winning percentage is calculated by taking the percentage of games won by White plus half the percentage of drawn games.

In the tournament currently featured, White wins 69 games, Black 49 and 61 are drawn (179 games in total). Using the calculation method above, White's winning percentage is 55.3% and Black 44.7%

* In the diagram - what was White's killer move ?  Play

👍 Video - World Blitz Championship 2019 game (7:33 min)