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Loal W Davis vs Magesh Chandran Panchanathan
HB Global Chess Challenge (2005), Minneapolis, MN USA, rd 2, May-19
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Suhle Defense (C59)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-27-12  khursh: Chessrecords say that this game has most possible moves. After White's 23th move, Black had a choice of 79 moves.
Aug-27-12  Shams: <khursh> Good grief, who the hell calculated *that*?
Aug-27-12
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  Phony Benoni: Probably the computer of a gifted programmer.
Aug-27-12  Shams: <Phony Benoni>

I wonder what the theoretical maximum is for a position that could legally arise in a game. (I am reading <khursh> to say that 79 is the record among games actually played, but his statement is ambiguous.)

Aug-27-12  Robed.Bishop: Apparently all of those choices didn't help him as the game ended in a draw.
Aug-27-12
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  Phony Benoni: <Shams> That must be the legal position with the most moves that has actually occurred in a game. Black could easily have more moves with his LSB and a few strategically placed pawns.

Then add in a few promoted pieces, or maybe something with a bunch of pawns ready to promote and count each separate promotion as four moves, since it could be to Q/R/B/N... I can't seem to find the record offhand, but it might be closer to 200 than to 100. Maybe some of our real problem fans know.

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