Inspired by recent articles on data mining of chess information, I pulled out my query on a chess SQL database that I ran on 1.5 million games, and with the help of Tableau Public – generated this infographic on 500 ECO codes. Here are the results:
- Black does best with the ECO codes in bottom right corner
- White scores best in the top left corner
- For example A94 (Dutch Stonewall with Ba3) is the best scoring code for White
- B59 (Sicilian, Boleslavsky variation) – apparently scores really well for Black.
If you are not too familiar with what opening moves each code corresponds to – this Wikipedia page will be helpful - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_chess_openings.
Does anything on this chart look surprising? Is your favourite opening in the expected part of the diagram?