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zhnkiu 89 ( +1 | -1 )
mind games if you could, theoretically, know in advance what your opponent will play on their next response move (whether for all moves or for some), do you think you should win? how about against a GM or someone with a minuscule chance of winning under normal conditions.

i would say the statistics would be skewed, but i still think that your opponent, if strong enough, should still win under certain conditions which i haven't thought entirely through yet. whether they know your clairvoyance or not can also be considered, "they know that you know that you know that they know, etc" or other self interacting (nonlinear) consequences of prescience...

probably no better to consider the converse of this question, but i'm not thinking so clearly these days, sorry.
good luck trying to think this through. (egad).
kewms 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Only knowing their next response (i.e. only the next half-move) wouldn't actually help that much. Quite often, I know what a stronger opponent's move is going to be, but fail to understand the longer term consequences of it.

That's generally how computers lose, too. They have near-perfect calculational accuracy, but aren't as good at evaluating the positions that result.

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ionadowman 30 ( +1 | -1 )
It would make things this much easier: ... You would not need to evaluate the lines arising from the moves your opponent will not be playing. This would be a big help in complicated positions, methinks. Would it help me beat a GM? A little, maybe. I'd still expect to be served my head on a platter, surrounded with watercress...
dysfl 63 ( +1 | -1 )
Not in chess I am still so weak in chess, so knowing the next move of the opponents would be only helpful to set-up an automatic moves.

I don't think I would have a better chance against a stronger player even I know the next move. I could prevent some stupid blunders, but many of my games against a strong player goes like this:

I play even in my opening, then make a slow move and lose a tempo, which reveals a weakness in my pawn structure or an undeveloped piece. Than the strong player exploits the weakness and in desperate struggle, I make a blunder and resign.
jstack 60 ( +1 | -1 )
hmmmmm Is this not the usual case? I mean at least in the opening. If you play enough games with someone you will know what openings he likes to play. If you know what openings he will play, it is likely you will know what moves he will play...often deep into the game. The marshal gambit of the ruy lopez and the sicilian dragon come into mind.
of course it some point, you don't know what your opponent will do. But simply knowing what your opponent will do will not help. You have to know why he would do it.
ccmcacollister 15 ( +1 | -1 )
okay it may have some weaknesses... Still , I'd like to give it a try. Where can I buy it? Can i just ask my opponents to tell me their plans till then?! :) You could give it a try that way you know.
zhnkiu 5 ( +1 | -1 )
'cheaters never win' (...mmm...)

or no fun knowing your opponent will blunder...