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If chess is solved before 2080, must perfect play result in a forced draw?

Zermelo's theorem says that only one of three possibilities is possible in a 2-player solved game; First player wins, second player wins, or there is a forced draw.

In the game of chess, these outcomes correspond to:

  1. White wins

  2. Black wins

  3. Forced draw

If chess is solved before 2080, must it result in a forced draw?

For the purpose of this question, chess is considered to be solved if

  • it is proved that White will win, lose or draw from the initial position, given perfect play on both sides

  • it is shown that there exists a unique result of perfect play from the initial position, which is either: white wins, black wins, or forced draw

Resolution is by publication of peer-reviewed article that is not shown to be mistaken for at least 3 years post-publication.

For the purpose of this question, the 50-move rule does not force a draw. Games that don't end, are considered drawn, for the purpose of this question

This question resolves ambiguously if the question does not resolve before Jan 1st, 2080.


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