10. Mar, 2022

Why does White always go first in chess ?

In my current ChessWorld tournament the first four games have been won by the player with the White pieces. Statistically, in competitive games White will win approximately 55 per cent of the games. It will be interesting to see how the other games pan out 🙂

There are several psychological factors at play. A beginner of chess learns the power of “white first” very quickly. They will see that an opponent will prefer the white pieces if given a choice. They feel a sense of empowerment even when they are playing a stronger opponent. For this reason, players who play white may be more motivated to win...  theconversation.comread on

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