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Chess in Russia

Looking at the list of world chess champions over the years, one can’t help noticing a large number of Russians. The breakup by nationality is as follows: USSR – 8 (Alekhine, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, Karpov, Khalifman, … Continue reading

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Identifying the Better Player

We have earlier looked at one aspect of game design – fault tolerance. Let us look at another – identifying the better player. This is the extent to which a game allows the better player to win. Each game requires … Continue reading

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Lotteries

What is a lottery? First, what category does it fall into? We can classify it as a “scheme”, or a “game”. I mean this in a formal game theory sense. Although the “game” label is also justified due to the … Continue reading

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Risk and Reward

Let us say you are in a game show. You are given a choice of two options A and B. With option A, you obtain a reward of Rs. 1 crore. With option B, one of two outcomes is chosen … Continue reading

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Poker

Poker is an interesting card game involving aspects of risk-taking, skill, chance, probability and psychology. This game serves to illustrate two concepts we have discussed before – randomness and sunk-costs. The following discussion will refer to the “Texas hold ’em” … Continue reading

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Randomness

Randomness is a very interesting concept. Part of the reason being that it is slightly tricky to grasp. Yet we come across this concept in several situations, and even rely on it. One commonplace use of randomness is coin tossing. … Continue reading

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Fault Tolerance in Games

Chess is very unforgiving, in the sense that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to recover from an error. You can’t afford to lose concentration, lest you make a bad move. On the other hand, tennis is very forgiving. … Continue reading

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