Part of the art of making a great data visualization is finding the right way to show a certain data set. If you work in Excel a lot, you might be used to ‘finding the right way’ meaning ‘choosing between a bar chart, line chart, and pie chart’ – but sometimes the data calls for a very different visualization, and in this post I’m going to share an example of that.

The data set I was trying to visualize was this:

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 Qh4+ 4. Kf1 b5?! 5. Bxb5 Nf6 6. Nf3 Qh6 7. d3 Nh5 8. Nh4 Qg5 9. Nf5 c6 10. g4? Nf6 11. Rg1! cxb5? 12. h4! Qg6 13. h5 Qg5 14. Qf3 Ng8 15. Bxf4 Qf6 16. Nc3 Bc5 17. Nd5 Qxb2 18. Bd6! Bxg1? 19. e5! Qxa1+ 20. Ke2 Na6 21. Nxg7+ Kd8 22. Qf6+! Nxf6 23. Be7# 1–0

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