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Like every great chess player, Franklin K. Young was well aware of the superiority of certain opening moves.

"Always deploy," Young once advised, "so that the right oblique can be readily established in case the objective plane remains open or becomes permanently located on the centre or on the King's wing, or that the crochet aligned may readily be established if the objective plane becomes permanently located otherwise than at the extremity of the strategic front."

Young later clarified the passage as follows: "The best initial move for white is 1. P-K4 [the pawn in front of the king should be moved two spaces]."

[The first eight moves in a chess game can be played in 318,979,564,000 different ways.]

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