After white's first move, there are twenty possible positions. After black's first move, you have 400 possible positions. From there, the possibilities go on and on.
millions and billions of possibilities there are 18 possible moves at the very start of the game!
There are 20 possible moves for your first move.
The white side moves first.
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The name of the first move played in a game of chess is called the "opening move". There are a total of 20 opening moves that can be played at the start of a chess game. Each pawn has a possibility of moving either one or two steps forward creating 16 possible first moves with a pawn. Both knights have two squares they can move to creating another 4 possible opening moves.
The maximum number of moves that can occur during a single chess game is 6350. This is because only 50 moves are allowed without a piece being captured, or a pawn being advanced before the game is avowed as a draw. So, if there are 16 pawns that have six moves each before they are promoted, then 16 x 6 makes 96 possible moves by the pawns alone. In addition to that, there are 30 pieces that can be captured during the game. So the maximum number of moves fulfilling the conditions of the rule is 126. Assuming that these moves happen as infrequently as is possible, there are at most 126 x 50 + 50 = 6350 moves in a game of Chess.
The shortest number of possible moves to a checkmate is two moves. This is called fool's mate, though it rarely naturally occurs.
You can not skip your move in chess. You always have to move when it is your turn. If you have no legal moves in chess and it is your turn, the game is a stalemate.
Well, the shortest game possible is the Fool's mate, and that is 2 moves long(1.f3,e5 2.g4 Qh4#)