I’m curious what other people think of this.
Looking at the first four moves, generally one in each corner, I see a pretty big difference between each player moving in corners that are diagonally across from each other, and play moving in corners that are next to each other.
Here’s the interesting part for me:
Black moves first, it doesn’t matter which corner
White gets a choice - move diagonally across from Black, cementing the fact that each player will start with two corners next to each other. OR White moves in one of the corners next to Black, which gives Black the option to decide if they will play with opposite corners or adjacent ones. Now, I assume that by White playing this way, White believes they had an advantage by allowing Black to choose opposite corners over adjacent ones.
Now, Black gets the choice - move second in the corner opposite the one he currently occupies, or move in the one adjacent. Again, I assume that if Black believes that he/she gains an advantage with opposite corners, they will move in the opposite corner. Otherwise, they will move in the adjacent one.
So - the only time you end up with a game starting by each player occupying opposite corners is when BOTH players believe that having opposite corners is advantageous to them. And only one of them is right ;P.