Chess Opening Visualization

This webpage, inspired by this blog post by Randal Olson, analyzes publicly available PGN (portable game notation) data of chess games to visualize the popularity of different chess openings over a number of years. Due to server space constraints this demo is limited to the PGN data of 84 randomly chosen players obtained from this page.

Developed by: Andre Nortje, Riaan Laubscher, Benjamin du Preez, Jason Fynn, and Donovan du Plessis for a group project for CS 334 at Stellenbosch University, South Africa (lectured by Prof Brink van der Merwe)

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Visualization

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The relative popularity of different openings over all the years in the filtered dataset



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Most popular opening by year (percentage of games)






Most popular opening by year (number of games)